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Legal News
3 May 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile] emerged victorious Tuesday after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [ECJ press release, PDF] that EU law could not overrule an Italian law partially decriminalizing false accounting crimes. The court further held that penalties under Italian law could not … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [official website] has called on American political and religious leaders to repudiate remarks by evangelist Pat Robertson [official website] who said Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos that Muslims should not be appointed to positions in the US government, including judgeships. … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Dennis Rader [profile], the man accused [JURIST report] of being Kansas's BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killer, pleaded not guilty Monday to 10 counts of murder. The BTK killer was suspected of eight murders from 1974 to 1991, but authorities linked two additional victims. AP has more. … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [official website] Monday heard a bid to restrain same-sex couples from marrying until state residents can vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment [amendment text] banning such marriages. The action was brought by C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] In an attempt to break a ten-year deadlock over reforming the United Nations Security Council [official website], Italy suggested Monday that a new system be instituted by which the council would award 10 new seats to regional groups rather than individual countries. The novel idea arose as Jean Ping … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] has pleaded guilty to six conspiracy charges [indictment] connected with the 9/11 attacks that killed more than 3000 people. Upon conviction, he could face the death penalty. Earlier today, Moussaoui's own lawyers had asked the judge [JURIST report] to reject a guilty plea, citing … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] In an urgent appeal at a press conference in Santiago Friday, a coalition of leading human rights groups urged the Chilean Supreme Court to reconsider its January 25 decision to shut down unconcluded investigations of human rights violations [JURIST report] that occurred under former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] French commentators suggested Friday that a televised appeal [JURIST report] by French President Jacques Chirac [BBC profile] in a "town hall"-style meeting with young people broadcast Thursday evening and seen by over 9,000,000 viewers [Le Monde report in French] has failed to persuade skeptical French citizens to vote in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] New US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings [official bio] castigated senior departmental officials Friday over the controversial hiring of conservative commentator Armstrong Williams [Wikipedia profile] to plug the No Child Left Behind Act [official website]. Williams was investigated by the FCC in January [JURIST report] for his failure to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Sheik Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, a prominent Sunni cleric of the Association of Muslim Scholars [backgrounder], urged President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] on Friday to fulfill an earlier promise to pardon some 10,500 insurgents imprisoned by US forces. His remarks, stating that Talabani should not "obey and kneel to … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Judge Thomas Horne of the Virginia Loudoun County Circuit [official website] sentenced a former Internet spammer to nine years in prison Friday for violating a Virginia anti-spam law [statute text] in the first US felony prosecution for sending unsolicited bulk e-mail. Jaynes was indicted [PDF] when investigators discovered that … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Philip Alston [NYU faculty bio], a UN human rights investigator speaking in Geneva Friday, urged countries to remove their "cloak of secrecy" and disclose the numbers of prisoners executed and those waiting on death row. Alston, an Australian jurist and law professor, remarked that secrecy undermines procedural safeguards that … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Six major electronics companies have been indicted for allegedly defrauding the federal E-Rate program, a $2.25 billion per-year project that assists underfunded schools and libraries in accessing the Internet. While some companies are accused of overcharging equipment and submitting false accounting statements, others are accused of bid rigging and … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Eric Rudolph [Wikipedia profile] has agreed to plead guilty to four terrorist attacks, including the 1996 bombing at the Atlanta Olympic Games. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Lawyers for Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile], the former CEO of Yukos [corporate website], concluded their defense of the oil magnate Friday before the three judge panel that has heard the trial for the past 10 months. Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive], once Russia's richest man, has been fending off charges … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland [archived official website] arrived Friday at Loretto [official website], a minimum-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, to begin his year-long sentence for corruption of office. Rowland was sentenced two weeks ago [JURIST report] to one year in prison, four months of house arrest, three … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Florida circuit judge Judge George Greer Friday denied a request from the St. Petersburg Times [media website] for the release of investigative summaries regarding alleged mistreatement of Terri Schiavo [JURIST new archive]. The dozens of files in question are held by Florida's Department of Children & Families [official website], … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] Friday upheld a state law which requires mandatory blood testing of newborn infants. The opinion [PDF text] rejected an appeal brought by a fundamental Christian couple, Josue and Mary Anaya. The Anayas argued that the test infringed their religious beliefs and might shorten … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Lawyers for Yahoo! Inc. [official website] have appeared before the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking legal protection for US Internet portals displaying content which is illegal in foreign countries, but is domestically protected by the First Amendment [text]. The hearing, held Thursday before an 11-judge panel, concerned … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Former Connecticut governor John G. Rowland [archived official website] was sentenced Friday to one year in prison, four months of house arrest, three years probation, and an $82,000 fine after pleading guilty in December [JURIST report] to a federal corruption charge. The sentencing period, set by the judge who … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] US District Judge Nancy Atlas decided Friday against renewal of the automatic stay protecting the remaining assets of Yukos [official website], the Russian energy company whose bankruptcy case was dismissed in a Houston bankruptcy court [JURIST report] last February. The decision comes as a major loss to Yukos, which … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] began pre-trial hearings [Pretrail Order #1, PDF] Friday, launching the federal liability case against Merck & Co. [official website], producers of the painkilling product Vioxx [Vioxx consumer information]. Dozens of lawyers, handling over one thousand lawsuits, entered … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] appears deadlocked on the Sudan issue after the United States and other countries argued again Thursday over the appropriate venue for criminal prosecutions of war crimes committed in Darfur. A majority of Council members support proceedings at the UN-associated International Criminal Court [official … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The presidium of China's National People's Congress (NPC) [official website in Chinese] announced Saturday [Xinhua report] that the nation's legislators will vote Monday on the passing of the Anti-Secession Law [Chinese press backgrounder], aimed to foretall Taiwan's secession from China and to promote peaceful reunification and territorial integrity. The … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] Brian Nichols, 33, who fled an Atlanta courthouse after Friday's fatal shootings of Judge Rowland Barnes and two others [JURIST report] was arrested Saturday, ending the largest manhunt in Georgia state history. Nichols was taken into custody in an apartment complex north of Atlanta, after a woman called authorities … [read more]

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