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Republicans walk out of House hearing on Patriot Act
[JURIST] GOP House Judiciary Committee [official website] Chairman James Sensenbrenner abruptly adjourned a Committee hearing on the Patriot Act Friday, leaving Democrats objecting into dead air after their microphones had been turned off. The hearing [ag... [more].
Posted by Bernard Hibbitts on June 10, 2005, 7:27 pm

States brief ~ Florida judge dismisses school districts' funding suit
[JURIST] In Friday's report on law in the states, Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey of Florida's 11th Judicial District [official website] today dismissed a lawsuit filed by five of Florida's larger school boards over changes in the way the state's education b... [more].
Posted by Rachel Felton on June 10, 2005, 5:52 pm

International brief ~ ICC prosecutor says Sudan must comply with Darfur probe
[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] has said the the Khartoum government in Sudan has no choice but cooperate with the recently opened investigation [JURIST report] by the International... [more].
Posted by D. Wes Rist on June 10, 2005, 4:47 pm

Pakistani court frees 12 men in gang-rape case
[JURIST] The Lahore High Court [official website] in Pakistan released 12 men Friday with ties to a highly publicized gang-rape, including six men who were convicted of rape and 6 members of the village council. The case centers around Mukhtar Mai [advoca... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 3:57 pm

Illinois pharmacist sues to avoid filling 'morning-after pill' prescriptions
[JURIST] Illinois pharmacist Luke Vander Bleek has filed suit to oppose a state order that the emergency contraceptive "morning-after pill" be made available immediately. Vander Bleek, a Roman Catholic who owns two pharmacies, claims that the Illinois Hea... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 2:57 pm

FTC settles monopoly complaint, clears way for $18B energy merger
[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission voted 4-0 Friday [FTC agreement, case history] to settle an anti-competitive practices complaint [Chevron press release] against Chevron [press release], allowing it to to acquire the Unocol [corporate website] ene... [more].
Posted by Kate Heneroty on June 10, 2005, 2:46 pm

Italian referendum on fertility, stem cells, likely to fail
[JURIST] An Italian referendum [JURIST report] scheduled for June 12-13 on whether to ease the country's restrictive laws concerning fertility treatment and stem cell research and to redefine the legal language that defines the beginning of life at concep... [more].
Posted by Kate Heneroty on June 10, 2005, 2:21 pm

Uganda high court upholds death penalty but limits scope
[JURIST] Uganda's Court of Appeals [official website] Friday dismissed an appeal by death row inmates to ban capital punishment in the country but did find that laws mandating the death penalty for certain crimes are unconstitutional and require Parliamen... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 2:12 pm

Underage Rwandan genocide suspects won't be charged
[JURIST] Rwandan officials announced Friday they will not pursue criminal charges against fugitive Hutu rebels that were aged 14 or younger at the time of Rwanda's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder]. Children as young as 10 years old took part in the slaugh... [more].
Posted by Kate Heneroty on June 10, 2005, 1:40 pm

Bosnian Serb president condemns videotaped Srebrenica killings
[JURIST] Bosnian Serb President Dragan Cavic [official profile] Friday denounced the brutal killing of six Bosnian Muslim youths by Serb paramilitaries recorded on video in Srebrenica in 1995 [JURIST report] and shown on Serbian television after being int... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 1:32 pm

Federal judges back Texas redistricting again on remand
[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges Thursday reaffirmed an earlier decision to reject a legal challenge to the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan [official TX redistricting website], concluding the plan was consistent with federal law and th... [more].
Posted by Kate Heneroty on June 10, 2005, 1:06 pm

FBI gave media, court different versions of Hayat "terror" affidavits
[JURIST] A father and son who were arrested in Lodi, California [JURIST report] on charges of lying to the FBI about attending an al-Qaida terrorist training camp, are challenging the government for releasing 2 significantly different affidavits to the me... [more].
Posted by Kate Heneroty on June 10, 2005, 12:53 pm

UN says Krygyz deportations to Uzbekistan may violate international law
[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] Friday denounced [press release] the deportation of four Uzbek men from Kyrgyzstan and appealed to the Kyrgyz government to cease further deportation of asylum seekers until procedures determine if... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 11:48 am

ACLU leader warns against Patriot Act reauthorization
[JURIST] Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, ACLU [advocacy website] national executive director Anthony Romero criticized parts of the Patriot Act and urged judicial review and public scrutiny of any investigations into alleged terrorism. Romero, who was... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 10:57 am

Saddam lawyers say they have not yet received charges or documents
[JURIST] A lawyer for Saddam Hussein said in a BBC interview [RealPlayer audio] broadcast Friday that his legal team had not yet received any list of formal charges, despite the Iraqi government's statement that the former Iraqi president's Saddam Hussein... [more].
Posted by Krista-Ann Staley on June 10, 2005, 10:40 am

US Senate confirms two more appeals court nominees
[JURIST] The US Senate confirmed Judges David McKeague [official website] and Richard Griffin [official website] to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Thursday by 96-0 [roll call] and 95-0 [roll call] votes, respectively. The confirmations came... [more].
Posted by Krista-Ann Staley on June 10, 2005, 10:35 am

Second General Re exec pleads guilty in AIG accounting probe
[JURIST] Senior Vice President at Berkshire Hathaway [corporate website] subsidiary General Re [corporate website] Richard Napier pleaded guilty Friday to helping international insurance giant AIG [corporate website] misstate its finances. Both Napier and... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 10:32 am

Hate crimes on the rise in Europe
[JURIST] The Washington-based monitoring group Human Rights First [advocacy website] has released a new report [PDF text; HRF factsheet] detailing a significant rise in violent hate crimes against Jews, Muslims, and immigrants in Europe. In France, anti-S... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 10:07 am

Sunnis reject offer of 13 more seats on Iraq constitutional committee
[JURIST] The leading Sunni Muslim political grouping in Iraq rejected the Shiite-led Iraqi government's offer of an additional 13 seats on the country's constitutional committee Friday, sticking to its demand for 25 seats [JURIST report] and threatening t... [more].
Posted by Krista-Ann Staley on June 10, 2005, 9:41 am

Citigroup to pay $2 billion in Enron settlement
[JURIST] Financial giant Citigroup [corporate website] said Friday that it will pay $2 billion [press release] to settle a class-action lawsuit over its role in helping to engineer a massive accounting fraud at Enron [JURIST news archive]. The settlement... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 9:40 am

Spanish anti-terror judge criticizes US tactics
[JURIST] In an apparent dig at the US, a veteran Spanish anti-terror judge emphasized the necessity of international cooperation, law and reason in the pursuit of terrorism Thursday in a special UN-sponsored meeting in New York [RealPlayer video]. Baltasa... [more].
Posted by Krista-Ann Staley on June 10, 2005, 9:03 am

Nevada death row inmate makes late appeal to avoid execution
[JURIST] Nevada death row inmate Robert McConnell [advocacy profile] invoked an 11th-hour appeal Thursday night to avoid a scheduled execution at Nevada State Prison [official website], saying he didn't want to die. The former car salesman was sentenced t... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 9:02 am

US veterans seek DOD war crimes probe of Israeli attack in 1967 Six Day War
[JURIST] A group of US navy veterans who survived a surprise attack by Israeli forces [US DOD photos] against their vessel during the Six Day War [Wikipedia entry] in 1967 are seeking a Pentagon investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes. Members of th... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 8:29 am

DOJ report: FBI missed opportunities to prevent September 11 attacks
[JURIST] In a report [PDF] on the FBI's handling of intelligence related to the September 11 attacks released Thursday, US Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine [official website] concluded that the FBI missed several opportunities to detect... [more].
Posted by Krista-Ann Staley on June 10, 2005, 8:23 am

Bolivian Supreme Court head assumes presidency
[JURIST] Head of Bolivia's Supreme Court Eduardo Rodriguez was sworn in as president of the country late Thursday after the Bolivian Congress accepted the second resignation [JURIST report] of President Carlos Mesa [BBC profile]. Bolivia's third president... [more].
Posted by Tom Henry on June 10, 2005, 7:57 am

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