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Legal News
30 Aug 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings in the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] tottered on the verge of collapse Tuesday when lawmakers stormed out of a committee hearing, claiming supporters of President Gloria Arroyo [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] were trying to railroad them into a decision that could doom the case against … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] In a move officials described as a first among western democracies, the British government Tuesday unveiled plans to outlaw the possession of "extreme pornographic material," described as graphic, sexually explicit material that "contains actual scenes or realistic depictions of serious violence, bestiality or necrophilia." The ban would extend to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Oregon v. Guzek (docket 04-928), a death sentence case involving a convicted murderer's efforts to bring evidence into his sentencing hearing that would cast doubt on the conviction. A ruling here could clarify the Supreme Court's 1988 decision in Franklin v. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to consider whether a Brazil-based church can continue using a traditional Native American tea brewed from a hallucinogenic herb, hoasca, as a religious sacrament. The case is Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do Vegetal, docket 04-1084. The 10th Circuit held [full … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Microsoft has agreed, after mediation, to pay computer manufacturer Gateway $150 million over four years to settle claims arising from the software giant's mid-1990s antitrust case, in which Gateway was specifically identified [Judge Jackson's findings of fact] as having been harmed by Microsoft's practices. The companies announced the settlement … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] In a strong move for a government-funded body, the first annual report of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Human Rights has confirmed [BBC report] the widespread belief that the country's security forces are involved in torture. The Council noted that it is normal investigative practice for security forces to … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday unanimously ruled in Rousey v. Jacoway [case backgrounder from Duke Law School] that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can be exempted from a bankruptcy estate, allowing bankruptcy filers to retain their IRAs rather than forcing them to divide the assets among their creditors. The Rouseys … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The Supreme Court today declined to hear Troy Publishing v. Norton (docket 04-979), letting stand a ruling that appears to limit Constitutional protection of the press. Without comment, the Court denied the appeal of a 2004 ruling [PDF] by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court holding that neither the state nor … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Senior anti-terrorism experts in the Australian police are lobbying for the establishment of a court that would deal exclusively with terrorist trials and include such elements of a French-style civil law system [overview of French anti-terrorism law and procedure, in French] as judicial interrogation in order to handle terrorism … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [governing statute] has finished preliminary investigations into some of the crimes allegedly committed by Saddam Hussein’s top aides and announced Monday that the first group of five will be sent to trial. The five include Hussein's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti [Trialwatch.org profile], former vice … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] General Rasim Delic [BBC report], who headed the Bosnian Muslim army during most of the Bosnian civil war that spanned the 1990s, left Sarajevo for the Hague Monday to surrender to the UN tribunal and face trial for war crimes. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] In an unprecedented move, Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell has publicly claimed that three of the most prominent figures in the Sinn Fein [party website] political party, including party leader Gerry Adams [BBC profile], are members of the IRA Army Council, the internal group in charge of the terrorist … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Haitian police are still hunting several hundred prisoners who escaped when an armed commando attacked Haiti's national penitentiary in what sources close to Haiti's president are calling an attempt to free those "imprisoned for money crimes," an apparent reference to drug traffickers and kidnappers. In the melee following the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Amnesty International has issued a Valentine's Day warning [AI press release] that "conflict diamonds," gems whose sale finances war, terrorism, and human rights abuses, are still being imported into the US due to loopholes in Customs procedures. The 2003 Clean Diamond Trade Act [PDF] prohibits most imports that do … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] British legal experts on the BBC news program Panorama have warned that a civil marriage between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles might not be allowed under existing legislation. The 1836 Marriage Act, which permitted marriages outside the church, contained an exemption for the royal family. Experts are divided … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The White House's proposed 2006 budget of $2.5 trillion released Monday allocates $18.7 billion for the Department of Justice. Among the key changes in the DOJ budget: a 19% increase in anti-terrorism funding, a moratorium on new Bureau of Prisons construction, and a reallocation to restore "drug war" staffing … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] In the wake of last week's government takeover [JURIST report] by Nepalese King Gyanendra [BBC profile] and his subsequent controversial decrees, including a ban [BBC report] on "directly or indirectly" criticizing security forces and a statement that the government can seize private property and monitor all forms of electronic … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Citing "information... that made me question Mr. Ross's competency," the attorney hired by convicted serial rapist and murderer Michael Ross [About.com profile] to expedite his execution filed a motion Monday to delay what would be New England's first execution in 45 years. The attorney, T.J. Paulding, said in his … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Monday sentenced [ruling text] former Yugoslav general Pavle Strugar to eight years in prison for his role in the 1991 shelling of Dubrovnik [BBC report], the historic Croatian city that UNESCO had declared a World Cultural Heritage site. Strugar, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday issued rulings on the Fourth Amendment in Illinois v. Caballes and on a tax law issue in Commissioner v. Banks. In Caballes, the Court held that a driver stopped for speeding and then subjected to a "dog sniff" that indicated the presence of drugs … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2005
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Microsoft announced Monday that it has decided not to appeal the landmark December ruling [JURIST report; text] of the European Court of Justice [official website] ordering it to immediately implement EU antitrust sanctions that the European Commission [official website] imposed in a March 2004 decision [PDF]. The sanctions order … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2004
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] DC District Judge John Bates Thursday ruled [PDF] that a US citizen detained in Saudi Arabia at the apparent request of the US government may have the right to challenge his detention in American courts, rejecting the government's argument that the challenge should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2004
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] California Superior Court Judge Harry Papadakis ruled Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration did not violate the Fourth Amendment when it searched the checked luggage of John Perry Barlow, onetime Grateful Dead lyricist and current cyber-rights activist, and had him arrested for drug possession. Barlow's attorney had argued that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2004
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] Florida Chief District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled Wednesday that a policy subjecting all Florida Department of Juvenile Justice employees to random drug testing was unconstitutionally applied to an office worker, accepting the plaintiff's argument that testing should be reserved for employees who either create a suspicion that they are … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2004
by Liza Hall

[JURIST] NBC News reports that President Bush has nominated former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to replace Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland Security. MSNBC has more. … [read more]

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