Legal news from Saturday, August 6, 2005
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court held Saturday that the conviction of Abu Bakar Bashir [Wikipedia profile] was not made in error, upholding his 30-month sentence for conspiracy [JURIST report] in connection with the 2002 bombings in Bali [CNN special report]. Bashir is associated with Jemaah Islamiyah [CFR backgrounder], a group [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Reaction to British Prime Minister Tony Blair's [official website] proposed anti-terrorism measures [JURIST report] was mixed Friday and Saturday, with opposition politicians and rights activists expressing concern over the civil liberties and immigration implications of the plan. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy, said on BBC Radio [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Friday refused a congressional request to turn over certain documents authored by US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile] when he was deputy Solicitor General, saying that internal deliberations on the merits of cases are privileged. The DOJ did, however, agreed to turn [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland [diocesan website] in California has agreed to pay $56 million to settle a series of lawsuits filed by former church members who claim they were sexually abused by priests [JURIST news archive]. The payout will settle 56 lawsuits, with nearly 750 civil lawsuits [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Transport Minister Jean Lapierre announced [speech text] sweeping security changes to Canadian transportation security Friday, including the creation of an anti-terror "no-fly" list similar to that created in the US under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 [text]. Lapierre did not provide details on the proposed [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] met with several of the country's leading Shiite clerics in the city of Najaf Friday to discuss issues surrounding the Iraqi constitution. Jaafari said after a discussion with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that the senior Shiite celeric "does not want to impose [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in Virginia Friday found that Daryl Renard Atkins [Street Law backgrounder] is not mentally retarded, and upheld his death penalty conviction. Atkins had been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the 1996 killing of Airman 1st Class Eric Nesbitt; he later appealed his conviction [read more]

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