Legal news from Monday, March 27, 2006
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Jail sentences were handed down Monday by Belarusian courts for more than 150 protestors who were detained by police [JURIST report] while taking part in recent election protests. Thousands of citizens gathered [JURIST report] last week to demonstrate against alleged election fraud in the March 19 presidential elections [JURIST [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments on whether prisons which deny difficult inmates access to newspapers, magazines, and photographs are violating the First Amendment [text]. In the case of Beard v. Banks [Duke Law backgrounder, merit briefs], the Court focused on [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The last meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] took place in Geneva Monday, as its replacement prepares to hold its first session on June 19. The UN Human Rights Council [JURIST news archive; UN backgrounder] was brought into being by a General Assembly resolution [text] [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile], currently facing the death penalty [JURIST report] in Afghanistan [ JURIST news archive] for converting from Islam to Christianity, has appealed for asylum, UN spokesman Adrian Edwards said Monday. Earlier Monday, several hundred people responded to a judge's decision that the prosecution lacked sufficient evidence [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Ivan Lemelle on Monday refused to order changes to New Orleans municipal elections [JURIST news archive] scheduled for April 22. Lemelle held a hearing [JURIST report] Monday morning to consider arguments from civil rights groups that the elections should be postponed due to the large numbers [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Monday softened HR 4437 [text, PDF; bill summary], the controversial immigration reform bill passed by the House [JURIST report] in December, by adopting an amendment by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) that would protect charitable organizations, churches and individuals providing aid to [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] decided in a 6-0 vote Monday to approve rules [draft text, PDF] that include subject Internet advertising to current campaign finance laws. The rules will regulate only paid advertisements on another person's website, and will not include blogs, e-mails, and other online [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Algimantas Dailide [US DOJ press release], a retired real estate broker from the Cleveland and Gulfport FL areas, was convicted Monday in his Lithuanian hometown on charges of helping the Nazis [JURIST report] commit genocide [BBC backgrounder] against Jews in the town of Vilnius [Vilnius Ghetto backgrounder] during World [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] has testified that he and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid [BBC profile] were meant to hijack a fifth airplane and fly it into the White House as part of the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive]. Moussaoui took [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday agreed to hear an appeal in Lawrence v. Florida [11th Circuit decision, PDF], concerning a challenge to rules surrounding the one-year filing deadline for making habeas corpus claims in federal court. Florida death row inmate Gary Lawrence is questioning whether the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A UN delegation led by Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel [official profile] arrived in the south African nation of Burundi Monday to help establish a truth and reconciliation commission [BBC report] and war crimes court. According to Michel, the 5-member group will facilitate negotiations between local transition government [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website] on Monday appealed a ruling [PDF text] from the South Korean Fair Trade Commission [official website] that the company breached antitrust laws by bundling its Windows operating system with Microsoft programs. In the decision [JURIST report] handed down in December 2005, the Commission ordered Microsoft to [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] government on Monday announced new anti-terrorism laws that would allow the government to outlaw any group it declares to be a "foreign or international terrorist organization." The proposed Suppression of Foreign and International Terrorism Bill comes two weeks after the government arrested 15 members of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] on Monday enters what analysts expect to be a critical week, with testimony from Moussaoui and other key witnesses. Prosecutors concluded their case [JURIST report] for giving Moussaoui the death penalty last Thursday, during which the defense team consistently highlighted [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman in Nigeria for former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile] said Monday that his whereabouts are unknown, after Nigeria indicated over the weekend that Liberia could take Taylor into custody [JURIST report] to stand trial for war crimes charges [indictment]. Taylor is wanted in Sierra Leone for [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Several hundred people led by Islamic clerics protested in Afghanistan Monday against the suggested release of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity. The religious leaders called for Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile] to be tried under Islamic sharia law [CFR backgrounder] which imposes the death penalty for anyone [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Ivan Lemelle will hold a hearing Monday to hear arguments from civil rights groups that the upcoming April 22 municipal elections in New Orleans [JURIST news archive] should be postponed because many African-American residents have been displaced outside Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] [read more]

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