Legal news from Saturday, June 11, 2005
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Washington Post examination of US Department of Justice terror prosecutions to appear in the paper's Sunday edition shows very little progress in identifying and convicting terrorists since September 11, 2001. In contrast to President Bush's recent claims that federal terror investigations under the Patriot Act have resulted in [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwafaq al-Rubie said Saturday that the trial of former President Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will take place before the currently-scheduled October 15 referendum on the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], and that the trial will be broadcast live on television. Hussein will appear [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Iraqi Sunni leader concerned with low Sunni representation on the committee charged with drafting Iraq’s new constitution [JURIST news archive] reiterated Saturday that Sunnis will suspend work on the document if the make-up of the committee is not altered. Adnan Dulaimi, chairman of the Sunni charitable foundation body, [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Violence broke out on the streets of the Polish capital Warsaw [official website, English version] Saturday when right-wing activists confronted over 2,000 homosexuals marching for gay rights in the predominantly Catholic country. Three people were injured and ten were arrested after counter-demonstrators opposed to Warsaw Pride threw eggs and [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Republican Senator Mel Martinez [official website] has become the first major GOP lawmaker to call for the closure of the military terror detention camp at Guantamao Bay [JURIST news archive]. Speaking Friday in Florida, Martinez, a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the first term Bush cabinet, [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura [official profile] has pledged $11 million to fill a funding gap for a tribunal to try former Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] leaders for genocide, according to Cambodian government sources. Machimura met with Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong in Phnom Penh on Friday. The Khmer [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers [Wikipedia profile] filed a motion Friday asking for a lesser sentence for his fraud conviction [JURIST report] in March. The motion included support from Ebbers' family members, friends, and former employees in over 150 letters outlining his character and his many charitable [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Six justices of the US Supreme Court [official website] held over $1 million in assets in 2004, according to new annual financial disclosure statements [US Government filing rules] released Friday. O'Connor, Breyer, Ginsburg, Scalia, Souter, and Stevens are the millionaires, while O'Connor was the court's busiest traveler last year [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuela delivered evidence [press release] to the US State Department Friday related to Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles [BBC profile] who is sought by Caracas for allegedly blowing up a Cuban plane as part of a terrorist attack in 1976. The Venezuelan Embassy [official website] in Washington said the [read more]

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