Legal news from Monday, November 5, 2007
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called for countries to hold to treaties restricting chemical and explosive weapons in remarks at two separate meetings Monday. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte read Ban's statement [text] during a conference on the Chemical Weapons Convention [text] at The Hague. Over [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Florida death row inmate Ian Deco Lightbourne [docket] on Monday asked the state supreme court to reconsider its decision last week that Florida's revised lethal injection protocols do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment [JURIST report] in violation of the US Constitution. The Florida Supreme Court issued two decisions [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Kentucky v. Davis [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-666 [docket], to determine whether a state violates the Commerce Clause [FindLaw backgrounder] of the US Constitution when it taxes bonds issued by other [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian officials have halted formal attempts to stop an expected Interpol [official website] vote Wednesday to issue arrest notices [JURIST report] for six men thought to be connected with the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center [Wikipedia backgrounder], Interpol officials said Monday. Argentinean officials investigating the [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Maryland Court of Special Appeals [official website] Monday rejected an appeal for a new trial brought by convicted Washington, DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad [BBC profile]. Muhammad had appealed the lower court's rulings that he was mentally competent to stand trial, and that he could represent himself. In [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Fiji government Monday charged three people [press release] with plotting to assassinate current self-appointed Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama [BBC profile] in the wake of the 2006 military coup [JURIST report] which ousted former Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile] and installed Bainimarama last December. According to [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] Monday criticized the weekend imposition of a state of emergency [JURIST report] in Pakistan, saying that she was "alarmed by the suspension of fundamental rights" [press release] in the country. The former Canadian Supreme Court justice also questioned the [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] submitted a report [PDF text] Monday to the House clerk accusing White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers [official profiles] of contempt for repeatedly failing to comply with subpoenas relating to the committee's investigation [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A suspect implicated in the July, 21 2005 failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to six years and nine months imprisonment. Adel Yahya, who had previously been on trial in July for conspiracy to murder, pleaded guilty [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [Order List, PDF] in Arave v. Hoffman (07-110) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to consider whether a death row inmate in Idaho should be able to accept a plea bargain after his conviction based on an argument [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a Monday New York Times op-ed that he supports granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies [JURIST report] that complied with government requests for phone records following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Ashcroft's comments come as the Senate Judiciary Committee [official [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani security services pressed ahead with arrests of leading lawyers across Pakistan Monday as the government sought to suppress dissent against Saturday's declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] by President Pervez Musharraf. In addition to hundreds arrested after riot police clashed with lawyers at the Lahore High Court [JURIST [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Parliamentary elections in Pakistan will be held in mid-January as scheduled, despite Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's weekend proclamation of emergency rule [JURIST report], Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Monday. Aziz's comments came amid fears that the elections would be postponed because of the imposition of emergency rule and [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven more detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay [press release], the US Defense Department said Sunday. According to the DOD announcement, eight detainees were transferred to Afghanistan and three were transferred to Jordan. The names of the eleven men were not released. In October, another six detainees were [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Italian opposition leader and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday urged Italy to ban Romanian workers from entering Italy, while conservative ally Gianfranco Fini suggested that Italy should expel 20,000 Romanian workers in response to a wave of violent crimes blamed on foreigners. [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Amidst discussions among members of the Bush administration on closing the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], officials are considering providing detainees expanded court access and transferring them to federal custody in the United States, the New York Times reported Sunday. Under the current approach backed by [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court sentenced two police officers to three years in prison Monday for torturing a bus driver [AP report] after video clips [AP report] of the incident circulated on video-sharing website YouTube [media website]. Islam Nabih, a police captain, and Reda Fathi, a non-commissioned officer, sodomized and beat [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani riot police and security forces fired tear gas at dark-suited lawyers and law students assembled at the High Court in Lahore [official website] Monday and charged them with batons as some 2000 demonstrated against President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday proclamation of emergency rule [JURIST report], suspension of the constitution [read more]

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