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Legal News
31 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] announced Thursday that Sandy Berger [National Press Club profile], former national security advisor in the Clinton administration, will plead guilty to charges of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. Berger is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday, facing the possibility … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] is investigating possible human rights violations during Colombia's 40 year civil war [Washington Post article], and has asked the Colombian government for its help. According to ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno [official profile], indicators point to upwards of 1,000 casualties, kidnappings and displacements … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] In the wake of Wednesday's second interim report of the UN's Independent Inquiry Committee into the Oil-for-Food Program [IIC homepage] chaired by former Federal Reserve head Paul Volcker, the UN has issued a charge letter to Under-Secretary-General Dileep Nair [Wikipedia biography], head of the UN's Office for Internal Oversight … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] Civil rights activist Fred Korematsu [InfoPlease profile] has died at daughter's home in California. The American-born son of Japanese immigrants who passed away Wednesday is best remembered for defiantly refusing to voluntarily submit himself to US internment camps during World War II. His conviction for violating the order to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] China's State Council Saturday approved the resignation [Xinhua report] of Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa, submitted earlier this week [JURIST report]. While Tung cited his failing health as his reason for resigning, some believe he was pushed out by the Chinese government for poor handling of the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke Saturday issued the first "control orders" limiting the movements of uncharged terror suspects under authority granted by the Prevention of Terrorism Act that was passed by Parliament [JURIST report] Friday. The orders were issued against a total of 10 suspects previously released on bail … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] At the instance of UK Members of Parliament, the Bar Council [professional website], the governing body for English barristers, is launching an independent inquiry into the legal advice that England's Attorney General provided to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003 on the legality of going to war with Iraq. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] announced Friday that the government will pay over $25 million to Holocaust survivors, settling a long term class action suit over the US Army's pilfering of the Hungarian Gold Train [Presidential Committee on Holocaust Assets report]. The train contained valuables belonging to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] In an effort to deter would-be criminals, the Thailand Department of Corrections [official website] will soon be webcasting the lives of inmates via the internet, according to department officials speaking Monday. Webcasts will cover the daily life of inmates, up to but not including executions (under Thai law, currently … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] A Spanish court Monday indicted eight people suspected of providing material aid and logistical assistance to the September 11th hijackers. The indictment alleges that the suspects provided counterfeit documents and logistical support to terrorist cells in Spain and Germany that were instrumental in the September 11th attacks. Crusading Spanish … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] found two former Bosnian Serb army officers guilty Monday of playing prominent roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [Wikipedia article; BBC timeline]. Vidoje Blagojevic, former commander of the Bratunac brigade, and Dragan Jokic, the former chief of engineers in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] According to a senior US defense official, the US will be transfering or releasing "a significant proportion" of the 549 prisoners from the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The change is taking place to accommodate new permanent construction at the base, including a new prison facility worth … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Supreme Court [official website in Ukrainian] Wednesday denied four more appeals of the December 26th presidential election results filed by allies of former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile], citing missed filing dates and improperly formulated complaints as the reasons for the rejection. While it has not … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2005
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] Two exit polls taken of voters in Palestine's presidential election indicate Mahmoud Abbas (official campaign website here) has won a landslide victory, taking at least 66% of the vote. AP has more. The official count is now underway after polls closed at 9 PM local time (2 PM ET).4:48 … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] HealthSouth and the US Department of Justice have reportedly reached a settlement agreement in the wake of allegations the company filed false Medicare reports with the US government, costing tax payers $2.7 billion. The settlement, worth $325 million, will help the company regain investor confidence. In addition to filing … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] In a departure from established law, the Massachusetts State Appellate Court has ruled a prenuptial agreement signed by a woman prior to marrying was invalid. The court held it was unreasonable to expect a woman to raise children and maintain a household without the expectation of future compensation, regardless … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] A survey of US lawyers and legal scholars released Wednesday by Thomson-West legal publishers listed the presidential election, Iraq and gay marriage as the top legal news stories of 2004. The election was picked for its impact on federal judicial appointments, Iraq for the multiplicity of international and national … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] Israeli prosecutors Wednesday charged four antiquities collectors with forgery and receiving fraudulent goods, alleging they had passed off ordinary items as biblical relics to unsuspecting consumers and modified items with some historic value by adding inscriptions. The objects include the notorious James ossuary, purported to have held the remains … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Tuesday upheld a lower court holding that internet telephone service providers should not be subject to state regulation. VoIP (voice-over-internet) providers, such as Vonage had argued against Minnesota's classification of their services as "telecommunications", saying that they merely provide the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The Montana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democratic candidate Jeanne Windham was the winner of a contested seat in the Montana House of Representatives. After a recount revealed both Windham and her Constitution Party opponent Rick Jore received 1,559 votes, Governor Judy Martz was charged with the duty of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The US Navy has announced that on Monday an unnamed SEAL lieutenant will face an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury, on charges that his abuse of an Iraqi prisoner lead to the prisoner's death. The prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi, was captured and held at Abu … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Texas man for the second time in five months. Troy Kunkle was convicted of murder for the 1984 killing of man during an armed robbery. Prior to his scheduled execution in July of 2004, citizens opposed to Kunkle's execution … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] Egyptian officials have requested the release of five Egyptian Guantanamo Bay prisoners after the US government placed them in the "least dangerous" category of detention. The US State Department says it will soon explain the procedures for release to the Egyptian government. This is the first time Egypt has … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] Senior officials from Iraq's political parties have called for a two or three month delay of the country's planned January election, citing ongoing violence. During a one-day summit in Northern Iraq Thursday, Ibrahim al-Janabi, aide to Iraq interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, said it is not likely the security … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2004
by Jen Nolan

[JURIST] The Venezuelan government is investigating a car bomb that exploded in a suburb of Caracas, killing the driver, believed to be a senior government prosecutor who was investigating opposition groups allegedly involved in a 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez. The Government of Venezuela website has more in Spanish. … [read more]

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