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Legal News
10 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a mother who eavesdropped on her daughter's phone conversation over a purse-snatching crime violated Washington's privacy act. The court ruled that eavesdropping violated the act and prevented the introduction of evidence obtained through the activity. AP has more. The Washington Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] The lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer against former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso over Grasso's $187.5 million compensation was sent back to state court late Thursday by US District Judge Gerard Lynch. Although Grasso's attorneys argued the lawsuit should be in federal court … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush chose Treasury deputy secretary Sam Bodman as Energy secretary. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] The Ohio General Assembly passed a bill Thursday that caps damages and limits certain types of lawsuits that can be filed. Senate Bill 80 will limit pain-and suffering damages, certain asbestos liability and impose a ten-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits when it becomes law ninety days … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] Military judge Col. Stephen Henley Thursday denied a motion by lawyers representing Pfc. Lynndie England to suppress two written statements made by England describing the physical abuse and sexual degradation of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Henley did throw out a third statement, however. CNN has … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema Thursday denied a US government motion to set a trial date in its case against Zacarias Moussaoui. Brinkema stated in her decision [PDF] that her original order [PDF] entered on November 5, 2003 staying the case will remain in effect. Moussaoui, a French … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] Former New England Bush campaign chairman James Tobin was indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiring to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting the jamming of Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election Day 2002. Tobin resigned as Bush regional campaign chairman two weeks before the November 2, 2004 vote … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] Governor Rick Perry of Texas granted a stay of execution to Frances Newton Wednesday only two hours before Newton was scheduled to die by lethal injection. Gov. Perry said in a statement that he granted the stay to allow for the retesting of gunpowder residue found on Newton's skirt … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] A jury found former South Carolina lieutenant governor Earle Morris guilty of 22 counts of securities fraud Thursday. While Morris was chairman of Carolina Investors he told investors to keep their money with the company even though he knew it was going under. Carolina Investors subsequently went through the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] US Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters said Thursday during an intellectual property conference [PDF] at the John Marshall School of Law that Congress would not enact the Inducing Infringement Copyrights Act [PDF], also known as the Induce Act, before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Act is Congress’ attempt at confronting … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the Pennsylvania-based souvenir firm the Franklin Mint settled a $25 million malicious prosecution suit out of court Wednesday. The Mint had sued the Diana Fund for $25 million in November 2002 claiming that the Fund had tried to stop it from … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] Senior UN official Jan Pronk told the UN Security Council Thursday that unless African Union troops enter the Sudan's Darfur region soon, the entire region might fall into anarchy. Pronk, the UN envoy for Darfur, said that rebels were gaining territory and the whole region may soon see "a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] Hollywood studio officials said Thursday that they will begin to file hundreds of lawsuits against individuals who file share pirated movies over the internet. According to MPAA head Dan Glickman, the decision to file lawsuits was not easy, but he hopes a preemptive strike will prevent online file sharing … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] Jury deliberations began Wednesday in the Scott Peterson murder trial. Judge Alfred A. Delucci gave about 45 minutes worth of instructions to jurors before sending them off to the jury room to decide whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife Laci Peterson. The five month old trial concluded as Peterson's … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] The US government filed a motion Wednesday requesting that the trial for Zacarias Moussaoui begin on May 31, 2005. Moussaoui, a French citizen, is charged with conspiring with al-Qaida terrorists to carry out the 9/11 attacks. The motion filed Wednesday was in response to a ruling on October 13, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

[JURIST] A spokesman from the office of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat said late Wednesday that a three person committee has been formed to manage Palestinian affairs while the Palestinian leader is being treated by doctors. Arafat, who has been suffering from a variety of afflictions, including heart trouble and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled Wednesday that detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base must be entitled to meet with lawyers freely. In her opinion, Judge Kollar-Kotelly rejected the Bush administration's attempt to allow detainees to meet with attorneys only while monitored. Judge Kollar-Kotelly said that monitoring detainees' … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the school desegregation policy of the town of Lynn, Massachusetts, is unconstitutional because it considers race as a factor in determining whether students can transfer out of their neighborhood school districts. The First Circuit's ruling reversed a lower court's determination to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the world's population of marine mammals do not have standing to sue President George W. Bush or Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The lawsuit, filed by attorney and animal activist Lanny Sinkin, was brought on behalf of the world's population of whales, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

The US First Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday rejected a Puerto Rican's petition to vote in the November 2nd US presidential election, saying no such right existed until Puerto Rico becomes a state or the Constitution is amended. The 2-1 decision by the court was the third time a federal … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

A UK High Court judge ruled Thursday that doctors at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust should not revive eleven-month-old Charlotte Wyatt if she stops breathing because her serious heart and lung problems would adversely affect her quality of life. During a two-day hearing last week, doctors testified that because Charlotte’s lungs … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2004
by Thomas Bird

The Senate late Wednesday approved an intelligence reform bill based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission by a vote of 96-2. The National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S 2845), introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), would create a national counterterrorism center and the position … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2004
by Thomas Bird

The House Ethics Committee (officially, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct) approved an investigative report Thursday and publicly admonished Majority Leader Tom DeLay for inappropriately attempting to convince Rep Nick Smith, R-Mich to change his vote from "no" to "yes" on a Medicare drug bill last year. Smith claimed … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2004
by Thomas Bird

Senior UN officials told the Security Council Thursday that "crimes against humanity, war crimes and breaches of the laws of war have probably occurred on a large and systematic scale" in the Darfur region of Sudan, requiring an international police presence to assist local police officers and protect the large … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2004
by Thomas Bird

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday to put independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader back on the Wisconsin ballot. The Democratic party originally sued to remove Nader from the ballot, arguing Nader failed to meet the minimum standards to be listed. AP has more. Wispolitics.com has the text of the … [read more]

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