Legal news from Sunday, March 5, 2006
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board created by the US Congress in December 2004 implementing a recommendation [CRS backgrounder] from the 9/11 Commission [official website] will finally begin to function later this month when the Board's five members are sworn in at the White House and convene their [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers on Sunday urged an overhaul of the US government investment review process that approved the takeover [JURIST report] by United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World [corporate website] of operating rights at several United States ports. The current process is overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A new report from Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] concludes that the arbitrary detention of thousands of people in Iraq [JURIST news archive] facilitates abuses of prisoners. Using official figures from the Multi-National Force in Iraq [official website], AI says there are more than 14,000 security detainees in coalition [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a speech [text] to the East Tennessee Economic Council, US National Nuclear Security Administration [official website] head Linton Brooks [official profile], has publicly acknowledged for the first time the Bush administration's intent to abandon "nuclear disarmament." Brooks said Friday that the goal of complete nuclear disarmament will no [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudanese government has threatened to withdraw from the African Union (AU) [official website] if a proposed takeover [JURIST report] of the AU's peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive] by the United Nations goes into effect. The Sudan Tribune Saturday quoted a spokesman for the Sudanese [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of the both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches have sharply criticized the US prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] as international pressure builds to close down the controversial facility that currently contains almost 500 individuals the US government has termed enemy combatants. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge John Gleeson [official profile] Friday temporarily stayed an injunction that would have changed New York's unique system of nominating its elected state trial court judges in political conventions [NY Election Law s. 6-106, PDF] rather than primaries. Gleeson ruled [PDF] in January that the practice of [read more]

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