Legal news from Thursday, March 23, 2006
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi [official website] and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) [official website] said Thursday that they have sent a letter [text] to President Bush asking if he knew when he signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [PDF text] that it suffered from a "fundamental constitutional [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] on Thursday urged the Iraqi government [press release] to take steps to "assert control over the security forces and all armed groups" in the country, noting that there has been an increase in allegations of "death squads," summary executions and [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Thursday called [White House transcript] for policymakers considering the incendiary issue of immigration reform to conduct themselves "in a civil way...that brings dignity to the process" and hammer out legislation that is "comprehensive and rational and achieves important objectives." While several bills have been proposed [JURIST report], [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday released an advisory opinion [PDF text] to the state Attorney General that permits the 2008 ballot to contain a citizen initiative banning gay marriages, even though the initiative failed to collect enough petition signatures to place the constitutional amendment on the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Transportation Security Administration lawyer Carla Martin has been subpoenaed to testify in federal court next Monday regarding her conduct in the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing trial [JURIST news archive], sources close to the case said Thursday. Martin has been accused of coaching witnesses [JURIST report] and disclosing the government's case [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's environmental law news, Judge William M. Hoeveler of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] has ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers [official website] and the US Fish and Wildlife Service [official website] failed to adequately study the environmental impacts before [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] a lawsuit against Gratis Internet [corporate website] that alleges the company illegally sold the personal information - including e-mail addresses - of between one and seven million survey participants who were promised confidentiality. Gratis induced consumers [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Belarus Central Election Commission [official website] has dismissed a complaint contesting the results of Sunday's election, which provided a landslide victory for Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile], who garnered over 82 percent of the vote. The complaint, filed by presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin, who received less than [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kizza Besigye [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], the recently defeated presidential candidate in Uganda [JURIST news archive], has asked the Ugandan Supreme Court [official website] to order a new presidential election, saying results from the February 23 election [JURIST report] were unreliable due to fraud, violence and bribery. Besigye [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines Army said Thursday that it would recommend court-martial for 20 soldiers in connection with last month's failed coup attempt [JURIST report] against Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive], including Brigadier General Danilo Lim. The army is continuing to investigate [JURIST report] the actions of [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia has threatened legal action against US mining company Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold [corporate website] if it does not improve environmental conditions near its gold mine in Papua. For the past few days, protestors have called for the government to take action against the mine in order to control [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Ethiopian court dropped charges Wednesday against 18 people, including five American journalists, as the treason trial for 129 protestors [JURIST report] resumed. The charges against the 18 included treason, attempted genocide, and other crimes in connection with allegations that they attempted to overthrow the government. The five journalists [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The state of Nevada [government website] filed a lawsuit [press release] against the federal government Wednesday, seeking documents related to the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump [advocacy website], including documents which allegedly contain information that the proposed site cannot meet radiation safety standards [JURIST report] mandated by the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland [official profile] has called on Sudan [government website] to accept the presence of a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur [JURIST news archive] as essential to protecting Sudan's citizens. Egeland said that the AU, while effective in the short-term, [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan Supreme Court Judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada said Thursday that Afghan courts will not bow to outside pressure in the case of Abdul Rahman [JURIST report], who has been jailed for converting to Christianity and who could face the death penalty [JURIST report] under Islamic sharia law [CFR backgrounder] if [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Terrorism Bill [text; JURIST news archive] is set to become law after the House of Lords Wednesday backed down on its objection to a controversial provision criminalizing the "glorification" of terrorism. The legislation, introduced in the wake of the July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive], had [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] "without congressional intervention or judicial intervention is just plain wrong." In an interview with the Associated Press, Specter said he was not hopeful the [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] was formally abolished Wednesday by a resolution [ECOSOC press release] of the UN Economic and Social Council [official website] adopted without a formal vote. The resolution calls for the completion of the commission's currently-suspended [JURIST report] sixty-second session and the final [read more]

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