Legal news from Wednesday, August 24, 2005
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] An anonymous Western diplomat told AFP Wednesday that the United States is lobbying for Iran to go before the UN Security Council [official website] if it does not comply with a September 3 deadline to stop the nuclear fuel operations it resumed earlier this month [JURIST report]. The International [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Kenyan judge Wednesday called for medical examinations of six suspects who allege they were tortured by police in the murder investigation of Roman Catholic Bishop Luigi Locati [Wikipedia profile], who was shot to death in July. The men claim that the police burned them with cigarettes, suspended them [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's states brief, a New Jersey court of appeals ruled [PDF text] today that out-of-state companies with no physical presence in the state may be taxed on sales of their goods. State Treasurer [state treasury website] John McCormac said the ruling "affirms our long-standing interpretation of tax responsibility [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal judge has ruled that there is enough evidence for families of the 17 sailors who died in the 2000 terror attack [Wikipedia backgrounder; US DOD inquiry report] in Yemen on the USS Cole [official website] to pursue their lawsuit against the Sudanese government. US District Judge [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Abu Ghraib commander Janis Karpinski [JURIST news archive] has alleged that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally signed a memorandum authorizing extreme interrogation techniques used at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. In an interview [text] with Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Marjorie Cohn published [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Senators Charles Schumer [official website] and Russ Feingold [official website] said Wednesday that they expected US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to address why he chose not to recuse himself [Schumer press release] from the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [PDF opinion text] case before the DC Circuit challenging the Bush [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has ruled [PDF opinion] that a Navajo tribal court can proceed with its prosecution of Russell Means even though he is not a member of the tribe. Means, a member of the Ogala-Sioux tribe, was charged with misdemeanors [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson [personal website] said Wednesday that his remarks earlier this week seeming to call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] were misinterpreted. Speaking Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's The 700 Club [program website], Robertson said that the US has the [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] David Radler, former President and COO of Hollinger International [corporate website] and former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, will plead guilty to fraud charges, his lawyer said Wednesday. Radler was indicted [PDF indictment; PDF press release; JURIST report] last week on federal mail and wire fraud charges for allegedly [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Aruba's Superior Court has ruled that a lesbian couple legally married in the Netherlands has the right to register their marriage in the autonomous Caribbean republic that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands [Wikipedia backgrounder] (includings the Netherland, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba) even though same-sex marriage [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawrence Greenfeld, former director of the US Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) [official website], has been demoted, several months after he complained that the Bush administration was interfering with the release of a report detailing racial profiling in traffic stops. In April, as BJS prepared to release [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] said Tuesday that the US Department of Homeland Security [official website] is preparing to increase its efforts to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. Last week, Arizona declared a state of emergency [PDF declaration text; JURIST report] along its borders [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The British government Wednesday unveiled a list of "unacceptable behaviors" [press release] that would qualify foreigners inciting hatred to be deported or barred from entry into the UK. Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] said the measure, designed to crack down on radical Islamic preachers, is a way to [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Six unidentified members of California's Fullerton-based Alpha Company Army National Guard have been accused of mistreating detainees in Iraq and will face courts-martial [Wikipedia backgrounder], officials announced Tuesday after investigating reports of abuse by 12 soldiers. The soldiers face various charges including mistreatment of a person under their control, [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Hong Kong High Court Judge Michael Hartmann ruled [decision text, in English] Wednesday that laws prohibiting gay sex are unconstitutional and discriminatory and violate Hong Kong's Basic Law [text and background] and the Bill of Rights [text]. Under existing law in the former British colony, now a Special Administrative [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The director of Russia's federal penal service has denied reports made on Tuesday that Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website], the former CEO of oil company Yukos [corporate website], has gone on a hunger strike [JURIST report] to protest the move of his business partner Platon Lebedev [Wikipedia [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Arabs, Shiites and Kurds began a new round of talks in Iraq Wednesday, seeking to agree on several disputed areas of the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST report; JURIST news archive]. Many, including US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile], nonetheless believe it's unlikely an agreement will be made before [read more]

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