Legal news from Thursday, March 16, 2006
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Four Republican Senators introduced a bill Thursday that would legalize but limit warrantless domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] of US citizens. Sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine [official website] of Ohio with Olympia Snowe of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, the Terrorist Surveillance Act [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli human rights group B'Tselem [advocacy website] and the Israel chapter of Physicians for Human Rights [advocacy website] Thursday accused the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] of violating international law by allowing the press to photograph Palestinian detainees seized in Tuesday's Jericho prison raid [JURIST report] virtually naked, [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons [official website] and House of Lords [official website] Thursday continued their protracted duel over controversial provisions in two key security bills, with the Commons voting - over Lords' objections - to reinsert a "glorification" offense into the Terrorism Bill [text] and to make registration [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Carla Martin, the Transportation Security Administration [official website] lawyer who improperly coached witnesses [JURIST report] against defendant Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] in his September 11 sentencing trial, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday. According to trial judge Leonie Brinkema, Martin egregiously violated federal rules when she sent [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC], the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture [official website] told reporters Thursday that the European Union should push the US to close its detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] due to documented human rights violations [OHCHR report], and that EU countries should put [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Adrian Severin, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus [official website], censured the Belarusian government headed by President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile] on Thursday for a series of allegedly abusive tactics ahead of Sunday's presidential elections. Severin appealed for the release [statement] of Lukashenko's political [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's environmental law news, Nebraska's Bostwick Irrigation District [backgrounder] has voted to sell its 2006 water allotment from the Republican River to the State of Nebraska for about $2.5 million. The deal will include 10,100 acre-feet of water currently in the Harlan County reservoir, and 5000 acre-feet of [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Protests by students across France increased on Thursday in response to the First Employment Contract (CPE) [FAQ, in French], a controversial labor law which allows employers to hire workers under 26 for a conditional two-year period at the end of which they can be dismissed without cause. The law, [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] held Thursday that the US can seek extradition of Abdullah Khadr [Wikipedia profile; CBC family backgrounder], who has been detained in Canada there since December 2005 on a US arrest warrant for terrorism issued by the US Attorney’s Office for the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The former US Army [official website] commander of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that the Army lacked clear rules regarding the use of dogs during interrogations of Iraqi prisoners. Col. Thomas Pappas [Wikipedia profile], who has been given immunity, testified at the court-martial [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Three Russian police officers pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal negligence [JURIST report] in connection with the Beslan school hostage crisis [BBC report; timeline] on Thursday as their trial opened in southern Russia. Prosecutors say the police failed to raise security levels despite warnings about the possibility of [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] on Thursday ordered the release of two leaders in the Nepali Congress Democratic party who were arrested almost two months ago in a government crackdown [JURIST report] on opposition politicians and activists. The court ruled that the government had no right to [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in Ethiopia have released another 395 protesters who were detainees after violent mass demonstrations [JURIST report] following Ethiopia's May 2005 elections, bringing the total number of protesters released to over 8,200. According to the prosecutor general's office, the 395 were released due to "low-level participation in the violence, [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times and a former reporter have been subpoenaed [JURIST report] by lawyers for former vice-presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] to obtain reporter's notes and other information related to the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. The requested notes [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] High-level military attorneys have told Congress that some interrogation methods used at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are not consistent with guidelines in the Army Field Manual [interrogation manual; additional manuals]. In a written response to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee [official website], lawyers from the Army, [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Thursday ordered that confidential materials in the Slobodan Milosevic case [ICTY case backgrounder] be made available to an ICTY inquiry team and Dutch authorities investigating the circumstances of the former Yugoslav president's death last weekend. Under [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House [official website] on Wednesday voted to keep language in an emergency appropriations bill [HR 4939 summary] that would block the transfer of operations at six US ports to United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World [corporate website], despite the company's decision to transfer all US port operations [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, a Ugandan high court judge has refused to grant a defense motion that would have dismissed charges of treason and concealment of treason [JURIST report] against Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile]. Besigye's lawyers had argued that the prosecution's indictment of Besigye was "incurably [read more]

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