Legal news from Tuesday, March 7, 2006
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] A new report [text] released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center [organization website] estimates that the total number of illegal immigrants in the US has risen to some 12 million, despite US government attempts to crack down on inflow. The US House of Representatives passed [JURIST report] a controversial [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives has approved renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive], sending the reauthorization bill to President Bush for his signature. The US Senate approved [JURIST report] the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005 [HR 3199 summary; DOJ fact [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Netherlands cabinet is set to decide later this month whether to go forward with a ban against Muslim women wearing the niqab [Wikipedia backgrounder], the Muslim religious veil similar to a burqa [Wikipedia backgrounder] that leaves only a woman's eyes visible. The specific idea was first floated [JURIST [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday approved a bill to bolster anti-counterfeiting laws expected to prevent billions of dollars in losses to US manufacturers. The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act [text, PDF], passed by the Senate last month, mandates the elimination of all equipment used to [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A UN expert on racism warned Tuesday that instances of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia are on the rise worldwide, and pose a special danger as they are not confined to extremist groups but have become integral to mainstream democratic systems. Senegalese lawyer Doudou Diene, UN Special Rapporteur on [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A CIA information review officer providing a sworn statement to US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] has indicated that clearing top-level information requested by former vice-presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] could take as long as nine months. Marilyn Dorn [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [JURIST news archive] Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive] took the stand for the prosecution against his former bosses Enron founder Kenneth Lay [Houston Chronicle profile] and former CEO Jeff Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] Tuesday. Fastow testified that both Lay and Skilling were aware of [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] insisted Tuesday that US treatment of detainees is consistent with the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], but questioned the relevance of some Geneva provisions in the context of "this new kind of war, against this new kind of enemy." In an interview [BBC [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in Strasbourg ruled Tuesday that a British woman could not have frozen embryos conceived with a former partner implanted without his consent. Natallie Evans and Howard Johnston entered an IVF program in 2001 and Johnson agreed to the implantation of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] San Francisco Superior Court [official website] Judge James L. Warren ruled Monday that the University of California [official website] system broke a contract with students when it raised fees during their three-year professional programs. Under the ruling the system should refund more than $33.8 million, primarily to students who [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], has said that the committee may recall US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] to testify about the administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. Gonzales testified [JURIST report] before the committee last month [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz [official profile] said Tuesday that Israel would consider resorting to targeted killings of Hamas leaders if the group resumes attacks in Israel. Hamas [ICT backgrounder], regarded by much of the international community to be a terrorist group, took control of the Palestinian Legislative Council [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The French Conseil d'Etat [official website], the country's highest administrative tribunal, held [decision, in French] Monday that Sikhs have to remove their turbans to be photographed for driver's licenses as a matter of public security. The ruling overturned an earlier decision [JURIST report] by the same tribunal made on [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile] has been found not guilty of rape by a High Court judge who ridiculed the disarray of the prosecutor's office in presenting jumbled and often mislabeled evidence and even implied that the woman accusing Besigye was dishonest, saying [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US government lawyers on Monday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit [PDF complaint; JURIST report] filed by two rights groups against US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] over detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First [advocacy websites] filed [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] is expected to propose legislation that would allow the use of wiretap evidence in British courtrooms, specifically in cases of organized crime and terrorism, according to British press reports Tuesday. The practice is already common in the US, Australia, and other [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official profile in German; BBC profile] announced [recorded audio, in German] Monday that her cabinet had approved a new bill to jump-start the biggest constitutional reform in Germany since 1949. The bill is meant to undo the entanglement of federal and state governments that [read more]

05:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile, JURIST news archive] protested the failure of the United States to ratify the latest US-UK extradition treaty [official PDF text], ratified by the UK parliament in 2003, at a meeting Monday with visiting US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST [read more]

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