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Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Admitting that nations cannot effectively tackle the issues alone, delegates to the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] in Bangkok, Thailand, concluded their session Monday by pledging international cooperation and an integrated approach in international crime prevention and anti-terror efforts. Participants, numbering more than 3,000 … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Senate leaders Bill Frist [R-Tenn.] and Harry Reid [D-Nev.] have been meeting privately in hopes of reaching a deal in which Senate Democrats would allow confirmation of at least two of President Bush's seven disputed nominees for appellate judgeships, but only as part of a larger agreement in which … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] A US investigation into the accidental shooting death of an Italian agent in Iraq by American soldiers has cleared the troops of the wrongdoing, an Army official said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official also said that the troops will not be disciplined in the matter, but … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, the suspected leader of al Qaeda in Spain, has denied any connection to Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta [Wikipedia profile], as well as accusations that he helped arrange a planning meeting between Atta and another suspected Sept. 11 hijacker. Barakat Yarkas, also known as Abu … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Following yet another interruption because of his health problems, the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] resumed Monday at the International Court Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [court website]. Milosevic stayed out of court late last week after doctors warned him that he … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Citing allegedly unfair rulings by a US District Court judge Barbara Jones, former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers [JURIST news archive], convicted in March [JURIST report] of orchestrating an $11 billion accounting fraud that led to the telecommunications giant's downfall, is seeking a new trial. Attorneys for Ebbers claim that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Following heated confirmation hearings last week, a showdown vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [committee website] is set for Tuesday over John Bolton [official profile], President Bush's nominee for the UN ambassador. Bolton has been characterized by his critics as hot-tempered and abusive of subordinates, and has been … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [court website] ruled Monday that claims against the Vatican Bank made by Eastern European survivors of the Holocaust should be heard in federal court. While Supreme Court decisions restrict the roles federal courts may assume in international matters, the Ninth Circuit ruling … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] US military officials are citing a recent overview of information obtained from Guantanamo detainees as evidence that the military should be able to conduct operations at Camp Delta without intervention from the US court system. The unclassified document [PDF], quietly released online last month, highlights the results from some … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] In response to recent refusals by some pharmacists objecting on moral grounds to filling prescriptions for emergency contraceptives or birth control pills, federal legislators unveiled a draft bill [PDF] on Thursday that would require pharmacies to fill all prescriptions, placing the impetus on the pharmacy and not on individual … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Fighting off a barrage of opposition to the agreement, French President Jacques Chirac embarked Thursday on a campaign to save the proposed European Union constitution [official website; treaty text] from defeat in an upcoming national referendum. With the anti-treaty position slightly ahead in opinion polls, Chirac hosted a "town … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] A provincial appeals court has issued what is reported to be China's first ruling that confessions obtained by coercion, torture, or trickery cannot be used in court, and while defense attorneys hailed the decision as an important step toward ending police torture in the country, they cautioned that further … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors argued Monday that it would be in the public interest for former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Kenneth Lay [Wikipedia profile; Lay defense website] to face trial this summer - no later than June - on bank fraud charges. The government cited Lay's repeated assurances … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] California's Third District Court of Appeal Monday rejected a challenge to the state's domestic partnership law [text] granting same-sex partners a body of rights almost identical to those enjoyed by the state's married couples, including automatic parental status and responsibility for each others debts. The suit, brought by the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] A new interim report on the UN Oil-for-Food Program [JURIST c news archive] for Iraq is set to be released Tuesday, and officials within the Bush administration believe that the conflict-of-interest findings might place US Secretary-General Kofi Annan's job in jeopardy. Tuesday's report is expected to address whether the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] The UN special mission to Burundi [mission website] has recommended that the nation create a non-judicial truth commission and special prosecuting chamber within its court system in order to deal with perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The recommendations, filed in a report [PDF] forwarded to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] Sudanese justice minister Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin announced Monday that 15 Sudanese military officials have been arrested and accused of human rights offenses including rape, burning of villages and killings in the Darfur region, marking the first arrests of government officials in connection with the Darfur violence that has … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] The former head of security for fallen Russian oil giant Yukos [corporate website] has been convicted of murder and attempted murder in a Russian court, the first conviction among former Yukos executives being held in Russia. Lawyers for Alexei Pachugin, who was accused of carrying out murders for Leonid … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [agency website] took tentative first steps in regulating Internet political activity Thursday by calling for public input on limited campaign guidelines for the medium. While commissioners expressed a reluctance to regulate online speech in any way, draft guidelines [PDF] issued by the commission suggest making … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] French lawmakers are expected on Tuesday to strike the final blow to the nation's maligned 35-hour work week [JURIST report], ending the national experiment lauded by workers but criticized as a drain on the country's economy. With national unemployment at 10 percent [Wikipedia entry], lawmakers say that the legislation, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] A former lawyer for Australian terror suspect David Hicks [defense advocacy website] told a major law conference in Australia Monday that US military videotapes from the terror detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be "as explosive as anything from Abu Ghraib" if they were ever released. In his … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case on whether President Bush overstepped his authority when he appointed a federal judge while the Senate was on a short recess. Three appeals sought to challenge the temporary appointment of former Alaba,a Attorney General William Pryor [court profile] to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] A US District Court judge ruled Monday that a Hollinger International [corporate website] lawsuit over a looting of $425 million that allegedly took place under the watch of former CEO Conrad Black [CBC profile] and his former deputy could proceed. Hollinger, which owns the Chicago Sun-Times among its many … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] A bill that would make consumers satisfy a series of requirements before being permitted to cancel their debts through bankruptcy is close to passage in the US Senate. On Tuesday the Senate killed what some Republicans called a "poisoned pill" - a proposed Democratic amendment that would have prohibited … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2005
by Russell Adkins

[JURIST] In a split 84-34 vote that is being claimed as a symbolic victory for the Bush administration, the UN General Assembly Tuesday urged governments to enact a total ban on human cloning [UN news release], including the cloning of embryos for stem cell research. The US had worked with … [read more]

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