Legal news from Saturday, March 25, 2006
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] has scheduled a hearing [notice] for Friday, March 31 on a resolution [text, PDF] introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] censuring President Bush for allegedly breaking the law with his warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. Feingold introduced the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Mississippi Friday issued the first federal ruling on insurance litigation related to the Hurricane Katrina disaster [JURIST news archive], denying a request from Allstate Insurance Co. [corporate website] to dismiss a case brought by homeowners claiming that Allstate representatives falsely led them to believe that flood [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] Friday proposed new rules [draft text, PDF] that would require federal political candidates to pay for internet advertisements out of funds regulated by federal campaign laws, but would otherwise leave most online political activity free from government regulation. Recently, a federal appeals [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The former UN Chief Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] who signed the indictment [PDF text] of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor in 2003 Saturday hailed Nigeria's promise to hand over the former warlord [JURIST report], telling JURIST that "This is a great day for the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal magistrate has ordered the Bush administration to stop blocking a private attorney from meeting with Salim Muhood Adem, one of the 490 detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Adem, a Sudanese national arrested in Pakistan, asked for a lawyer in late 2004 by having [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] has upheld an ordinance issued by King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] that permits detention of suspected terrorists without charge or trial for up to a year. A 2-1 majority of a three-judge panel ruled Thursday that preventative detention provisions were permissible [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] responded Friday to Democratic questions [PDF text] and Republican questions [PDF text] from members of the House Judiciary Committee [official website] regarding the Bush administration's domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] program, maintaining that National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] warrantless wiretapping [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Riot police and demonstrators clashed Saturday in the Belarus [JURIST news archive] capital city of Minsk as thousands of citizens gathered again to protest alleged election fraud in last Sunday's presidential elections [JURIST report] in which current President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] was reelected. Opposition politician Aleksander [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian government said Saturday that it would allow the transfer of ex-Liberia president and fugitive war crimes indictee Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] to Liberian authorities. According to a statement: "President Olusegun Obasanjo has today, 25 March, informed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that the government of Liberia is free [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema issued an order [PDF text] late Friday quashing a subpoena [JURIST report] that had been issued for Transportation Security Administration lawyer Carla Martin [Wikipedia profile] in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive]. Brinkema did not specify why she canceled Martin's court [read more]

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