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Legal News
30 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema Friday denied a US Department of Justice request to release a report on FBI missteps leading up to 9/11. The report chronicles three episodes considered to be missed opportunities to detect the 9/11 plot, including the 2001 arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] An Alabama Circuit Court refused Friday to dismiss the first wrongful-death suit brought against Merck for their painkiller Vioxx. Merck pulled Vioxx from the market when a study found it to double the chances of heart attacks and strokes in patients who took the drug more than 18 months. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] Suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad [advocacy website] announced Wednesday through his political party that he will run for election to the UK parliament on May 5 from his cell in Woodhill Prison [official website] in Buckinghamshire. Ahmad has been indicted in the US [arrest warrant and criminal complaint, PDF] for … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] Robert Parton and Miranda Duncan, two investigators from a special panel appointed by the UN to investigate the United Nations Oil-For-Food program [official website], resigned Wednesday in protest over a March report [PDF] that they said was too lax on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Parton and Duncan accused the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The Italian Supreme Court [Corte Suprema di Cassazione; offical website in Italian] Wednesday confirmed a lower court ruling to keep tube-feeding Eluana Englaro, in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident. The appeal was brought by Englaro's father, who believes that she would have preferred to die. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] In a major setback for the country's political opposition, Pakistan's Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed petitions contending that the dual role of General Pervez Musharraf [official website] as Pakistan president and army chief of staff is contrary to the provisions of the Pakistan constitution [text]. The judgment is considered a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The US House Ways and Means Committee [official website] approved a massive energy bill Wednesday. The Enhanced Energy Infrastructure and Technology Tax Act of 2005 [text and background materials] includes industrial tax breaks, extends the use of ethanol for farmers, and gives authorization for oil drilling in an Alaska … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 272-162 [roll call vote] late Wednesday to permanently repeal federal estate taxes in 2010 and beyond. The federal government is estimated to lose $290 billion in tax revenue over a decade if the bill, HR 8 succeeds in the Senate. Many Democrats see … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court Wednesday upheld a $5 million asset freeze of former president Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive]. A bid by Pinochet's lawyers to have the judge, Sergio Munoz, removed because of bias was also rejected. Pinochet is currently being investigated for tax evasion and misappropriation of public … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] According to a rankings released Wednesday, the top 50 US law firms achieved double-digit growth in turnover and profits in 2004. The rankings, performed by Legal Week magazine [media website], show that these firms have pulled in $33 billion in fees with average partner profits topping $1.2 million. The … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] Italy on Wednesday became the first major European Union nation to ratify the proposed European constitution [JURIST news archive] when the Italian Senate [offical website in Italian] overwhelmingly approved it by a vote of 217-16. Italy's lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Deputies [official website in Italian], had … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Wednesday to cut the current US share of funding UN peacekeeping forces, rejecting a Democratic proposal to maintain current funding for the next two years 40-57 [Senate roll call]. The amendment to a Department of State appropriations bill would reduce the US share to 25%, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] In a letter released Wednesday, the Judicial Conference of the United States formally requested congressional and presidential assistance in providing additional security measures. As a result of violence toward federal judges and their families in recent months and the emotional Terri Schiavo case [JURIST news archive] which bred threats … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] France and the United States locked diplomatic horns behind closed doors in the UN Security Council Wednesday over which court should try war criminals from the long-troubled Darfur region of Sudan. France, along with eight of the other 15 Security Council members, favors the new International Criminal Court in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) [corporate website] has filed a legal complaint [PDF] against Google News, the most popular online news aggregator. The AFP complaint says Google News infringed its intellectual property rights by pulling and displaying photos, headlines and leads of news stories from the websites of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday approved the Senate's bankruptcy bill [THOMAS bill summary] 22-13 in a vote largely along party lines, turning back a number of Democrat-proposed amendments. The legislation would require people with incomes above a certain level to pay credit-card charges, medical bills and other … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The US Justice Department announced Wednesday it will award $100,000 to the National Center for State Courts to review judicial safety and security. The review will evaluate security-conscious designs for new courthouses, staff training for security equipment, emergency preparedness and common standards for protecting judges and others. Court security … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] and House of Commons [official website] clashed Wednesday over proposed legislation to effect key changes to the British legal system. The legislation aims to further separate the judiciary from politics by stripping the Lord Chancellor’s traditional authority and creating a Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] Updating a JURIST report from earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday urged the Security Council in a closed-door emergency session to pass a resolution to end what he called "appalling" crimes in Sudan's Darfur region and called for sanctions against those preventing peace in the troubled area. He … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday confirmed the release and transfer to France of three French detainees in Guantanamo Bay to France "for prosecution". Mustaq Ali Patel, Ridouane Khalid and Khaled Ben Mustafa were the last three French detainees held at Gitmo following the release of four other French … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] Momcilo Perisic, a former general and chief of staff of the Yugoslav army under Slobodan Milosevic and later a Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia who pressed for co-operation with international war crimes prosecutors [2001 Serbian government press release], has decided to turn himself in to the International Criminal Tribunal … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] US officials announced Wednesday they will no longer require a new UN declaration on women's issues to take an anti-abortion position. The current meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women [meeting website], held to review progress on women's rights and circumstances ten years after the landmark … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The Russian Foreign Ministry [official website in Russian] responded Wednesday to American criticisms of Russia's human rights record in the recent 2004 US State Department human rights reports [text] by accusing the US of double standards. The State Department reports, released Monday [JURIST report], had cited Russian law enforcement … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Wednesday considered two high-profile cases on the constitutionality of public displays of the Ten Commandments. The Court heard oral arguments in Van Orden v. Perry [Duke Law backgrounder] regarding a large and prominently-displayed monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state Capitol … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2005
by Christina Gheen

[JURIST] In a ruling against AT&T Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] determined that the company must pay fees associated with its pre-paid calling cards. The fees go to local telephone companies to cover costs to connect the call and to federal programs that subsidize rural telephone and … [read more]

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