Legal news from Saturday, July 9, 2005
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Some of the 55 delegates to the Iraqi constitutional drafting committee [official website] are expressing pessimism about their ability to overcome ideological differences in time to have a working document ready for review by National Assembly on August 15, countering earlier statements by the head of the committee [JURIST [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Walt Disney Co. [corporate website] shareholder derivative lawsuit filed in May by nephew of founder Walt Disney and Disney shareholder Roy Disney [official website] was dropped Friday evening after the two sides came to agreement. Roy Disney and business partner Stanley Gold sued the company in May [JURIST [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Imad Achab Kanouni, a French citizen once held in the American detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] was released from French custody Friday. Top French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [Wikipedia profile] ordered Kanouni's release from French detention, where he had been held for a year after being [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italian police have arrested 142 people over the past two days in a security sweep to forestall potential terrorist attacks in the wake of the London bombings, according to a Saturday report [text in Italian] from Italian news agency ANSA. Some 2,000 carabinieri policemen have been detailed to patrol [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Office [official website] Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] is sticking to his late fall timetable to introduce a new bill to combat terrorism despite pressure to push through laws now [JURIST report] in the aftermath of the London bombings. Clarke has said the bill will impose sanctions [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Military judge Col. James Pohl ruled Friday that the statements Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] made to Army investigators in January 2004 regarding her actions in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal [JURIST news archive] cannot be admitted as evidence in her trial. Pohl explained the ruling [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the Santiago Appeals Court ruled Friday that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [Wikipedia profile] is physically and mentally fit to stand trial for the alleged murders of brothers Hector and Guido Barria Bassay by agents of his regime in 1973. The ruling contradicts one a [read more]

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