Legal news from Saturday, August 27, 2005
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on an earlier report on JURIST's Paper Chase, four Sunni Iraqi Cabinet members and one Deputy Prime Minister on Saturday announced their reservations with the proposed draft constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. The statement, filed by Culture Minister Nouri Farhan al-Rawi, Minister of State for Women's [read more]

16:08 EDT

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15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit Saturday responded to a renewed call for it to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty [text] in advance of a meeting of treaty members in New York in September by saying it would not do so until Israel joins the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Army's Criminal Investigation Command [official website] announced Friday that it is investigating a civilian lab worker who admitted to falsifying DNA test results in at least one instance, examining over 475 criminal cases dating back almost a decade. The test results, performed at the Army's Criminal Investigation Laboratory [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] granted approval Friday to a Georgia law [bill summary; JURIST report] that would require photo identification to vote in elections. This approval, which is required of Georgia and other states with a history of voter discrimination by the 1965 Voting Rights Act [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to US-proposed changes [JURIST report] to the draft agreement to be signed at next month's summit on UN reform [UN materials], General Assembly President Jean Ping [official profile] has named a core group of countries, including the US, to negotiate a new text prior to the mid-September meeting. [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Over the past three days, some 1,000 detainees have been released from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in the largest release to date, the US military announced [press release] Saturday. According to Central Command, the release "marks a significant event in Iraq’s progress toward democratic governance and [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Supporters of Frances Newton [TX AG press release], slated to become the first black woman executed in Texas since the state took over executions from county authorities in 1923, held protests Saturday while her attorneys fight a last-minute battle to stop her death. They have filed a request for [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US government has said that it will appeal a 22-year sentence [JURIST report] given to Ahmed Ressam [Wikipedia profile], an Algerian convicted of planning to kill travelers at Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s eve in 1999. In delivering Ressam’s sentence, Judge John C. Coughenour of the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Arab negotiators met with Iraqi parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani Saturday and presented him with a counter-proposal to the Iraqi draft constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. A meeting with the US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad was also planned for Saturday, Sunni negotiator Fakhri al-Qaisi said. According to Al-Qaisi, if [read more]

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