Legal news from Friday, November 9, 2007
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Manfo Kwaku Asiedu [BBC profile] pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions over the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] on June 21, 2005. Six suspects - Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohamed, and Adel [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] argued before a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that Arar should be allowed to revive his lawsuit against senior officials in the US government. Arar was detained in the US in [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament of the Georgian Republic [official website] voted Friday to approve a 15-day state of emergency [JURIST report] imposed by President Mikhail Saakashvili earlier this week. Opposition members boycotted the vote and the measure passed the 235-seat assembly 149-0. The vote follows Saakashvili's statements Thursday that the state [read more]

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[JURIST] Three Spanish air crew and a Belgian pilot held in Chad in connection with a French charity's attempt to airlift 103 children [JURIST news archive] alleged to be Darfur orphans were released Friday. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile] praised Chadian officials, including President Idriss Deby [IRIN [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] was sworn in Friday as the 81st attorney general of the United States after a confirmation process fraught with controversy. The US Senate voted 53-40 [JURIST report] late Thursday evening to confirm Mukasey's nomination. The nomination was backed [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] Friday accused his opposition of using "fascist violence" to oppose constitutional changes that would eliminate presidential term limits and augment the president's emergency powers. Earlier this month, the Venezuelan National Assembly approved [press release, in Spanish] a set of proposed amendments to the [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations General Secretary Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on nations, organizations and individuals to respect laws passed for the protection of children [statement]. Ban's comments come in the wake of an unsuccessful bid by a French charity to fly 103 children out of Chad [UNICEF situation update, [read more]

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[JURIST] The government of Norway [JURIST news archive] Friday proposed creating laws to allow for the prosecution of war crimes, genocide and terrorism. Current Norwegian law does not specifically include these offenses, and it is standard policy to turn over accused war criminals to international war crime tribunals in The [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The man who shot and paralyzed former Alabama Governor George Wallace [ADAH profile] in 1972 was released from a Maryland prison [press release, PDF] Friday. Under the conditions set by the state for the release of Arthur Bremer [PBS profile], he must:Stay away from any local, state, federal, or [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] California filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] in an effort to force the EPA to come to a decision on whether California can impose greenhouse gas emissions standards [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Benjamin Settle issued a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] Thursday against holding a second court-martial for Iraq war objector 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] until he resolves whether a second court-martial constitutes double jeopardy [Wex backgrounder]. Settle had already stayed court-martial proceedings, scheduled [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction [PDF text] suspending a Washington state law that would require pharmacists to dispense Plan B emergency contraceptives [product backgrounder], the so-called "morning-after pill." US District Judge Ronald Leighton's injunction effectively creates a "refuse and refer" system, allowing pharmacists to refuse to sell [read more]

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[JURIST] Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website] said Friday that it has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle all pending lawsuits [press release] regarding Merck's marketing and distribution of the painkiller Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive]. The settlement requires 85 percent of the 47,000 plaintiffs in 27,000 [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury has returned an indictment for former US Department of Homeland Security Secretary nominee Bernard Kerik [NYT profile], reportedly on corruption charges. Kerik's indictment [NYT report] will remain sealed until his arraignment Friday, but sources close to the investigation say the indictment includes mail and wire [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush has welcomed the Thursday Senate confirmation [JURIST report] of former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey [WH fact sheet; JURIST news archive] as the 81st attorney general of the United States. In a brief statement, issued by the White House Friday morning, Bush said:Judge Mukasey [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] was placed under house arrest Friday as she prepared to attend a protest in Rawalpindi against President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule [PDF text] on Saturday. Police barricaded Bhutto's home to prevent Bhutto from leaving and supporters from reaching Bhutto [read more]

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