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Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] MA Gov. Mitt Romney [official website] filed a bill Thursday to reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts for deadly acts of terrorism, killing sprees, murders involving torture, and the killing of law enforcement authorities. Romney's bill uses ten recommendations set out by a special commission [report, PDF] last year … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Wiretaps increased by 19 percent last year, with federal and state judges approving 1,710 applications while denying none, the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official website] reported Thursday. New York, California, New Jersey and Florida accounted for three of every four surveillance orders. The number of court-authorized wiretaps … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website], in a 4-3 decision, on Thursday rejected Rush Limbaugh's [Wikipedia profile] appeal to review a lower court's decision that the state could seize his medical records. The court will not consider a motion for rehearing. Florida's 4th District Court of Appeal had ruled … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday sentenced Mika Muhimana, who was a councilor in the western Rwandan province of Kibuyea, to prison for the rest of his life for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [PBS report]. Judge Khalida … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Former Army Sgt. Erik Saar, who served as a Guantanamo Bay [official website; JURIST news archive] translator, told CBS's 60 Minutes [news website] that prisoner interrogations were staged to give visiting congressmen, senators and generals the impression that valuable intelligence information was being gathered from detainees on a regular … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Stephen Cambone [official biography], undersecretary of defense for intelligence, on Thursday told the Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] that the CIA will no longer be allowed to hold unregistered "ghost" detainees at US military installations such as Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. Cambone said … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Sgt. Hasan Akbar [Wikipedia profile], the US soldier convicted of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder [JURIST story] for attacking comrades with a rifle and grenades in Kuwait during the early stages of the Iraq invasion, was sentenced to death by a military jury on Thursday. Two officers were … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The US has indicted Haji Bashir Noorzai, an accused Afghan heroin kingpin, in a massive narcotics conspiracy involving Afghanistan's former Taliban regime [Wikipedia profile]. US Attorney David Kelley [official website] announced [Kelley press release, PDF] the indictment against Noorzai, one the world's most wanted drug kingpins [US State Dept. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The Justice Department [official website] and the SEC [official website] are close to announcing a settlement with bankrupt cable television provider Adelphia Communications Corp. [corporate website] over the company's accounting issues. Under the terms of the settlement, Adelphia would pay $715 million into a compensation fund. The Rigas family, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] In a historic step for ex-communist Romania and Bulgaria, the two countries Monday signed an accession treaty with the European Union (EU) [official website] which should lead to them joining the bloc in 2007. They were left out of last year's EU enlargement from 15 to 25, including the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Florida's insurance regulation commissioner [official website] announced subpoenas have been sent to officials at 17 insurance companies, including units of American International Group Inc. [corporate website], Chubb Corp., Swiss Re AG [corporate website], Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s unit National Indemnity Company of the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. [corporate website] spokesman said a federal grand jury is reviewing allegations of misspending within company. The investigation into Wal-Mart began after it handed over internal documents to the Justice Department [official website] related to allegations that former vice … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Former Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executive Daniel Bayly has been sentenced to 30 months by in prison US District Judge Ewing Werlein for his role in an Enron Nigerian barge scam. Bayly will also face six months of supervision after prison and must pay $840,000 in fees and fines. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] In a case somewhat similar to that of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo, Justice Mark Hedley of the High Court in London Thursday upheld a court order allowing a critically ill baby to die if she stops breathing. Charlotte Wyatt [BBC profile] was born 3 months premature with serious … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Saajid Badat [Wikipedia profile], the British man who has admitted to conspiring with "shoebomber" Richard Reid [Wikipedia profile] to blow up an aircraft, will be sentenced on Friday after entering a guilty plea to a conspiracy charge in February. Badat, who did not go forward with his plan, was … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The office of the Pentagon's general counsel [official website] has sent leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services Committees a draft copy of a proposal saying that consensual sodomy between members of the US military would no longer be a criminal act. The change would … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities brief, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) [corporate website] announced it will merge with rival Archipelago Holdings Inc. [corporate website] in a move which transforms the NYSE into a for-profit, publicly traded company. The NYSE, known for its busy trading floor, takes on all-electronic … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The Israeli government [official website] has released a report setting material damages to the Jewish people during the Holocaust [Wikipedia profile] between $240 billion and $330 billion. The report is the first of its kind, including not only the value of looted Jewish property but also lost income and … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The US House of Presentatives voted late Wednesday to allow oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website] as part of new and wide-ranging energy legislation [text]. The bill's sponsors claim the refuge will produce as much as a million barrels of oil a day … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The Texas House of Representatives has passed legislation [text] which would bar homosexuals from becoming foster parents. The ban, part of the state's attempt to revamp its Child Protective Services Agency [official website], passed 135-6 Tuesday with two abstentions and now goes to the state Senate. According to the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Chicago Cardinal Francis George [Wikipedia profile] said Wednesday that new pope Benedict XVI [official Vatican website], will preserve the church law giving bishops broad power to discipline sexually abusive priests. George said he had previously told then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of the need to keep the law which avoids the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Commission [official website] Thursday passed a resolution condemning rights abuses in Sudan. The final text, supported by the US, the EU, other African nations and even Sudan itself, only passed after a compromise was reached on wording that also praised the Sudanese government's efforts to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, KPMG LLP [corporate website], the US unit of accounting firm KPMG International [corporate website], has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle with the SEC [official website] over charges that it allowed Xerox Corp. [corporate website] to manipulate its accounting practices to … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] [JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] Cablevision Systems Corp. [corporate website] has raised its bid for Adelphia Communications Inc. [corporate website] to $17.1 billion. The move may threaten the $18 billion competing offer from Time Warner Inc. [corporate website] … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Former President Jimmy Carter [Carter Center profile] and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III [Wikipedia profile] Monday opened the first public hearings of the Commission on Federal Election Reform [official website], set up to continue the election reforms of Help America Vote Act of 2002. Kay Maxwell, … [read more]

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