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Legal News
2 Dec 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed Friday to vote on a compromise offshore drilling bill [S 3711 text; CRS summary] on Tuesday under special rules that limit amendments and generally speed up proceedings, but require a two-thirds majority for approval. If passed, the bill would allow oil … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court Friday denied the request of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST archive] to remove the judge presiding over his tax fraud trial. Berlusconi and co-defendant David Mills [Guardian profile] had asked that Judge Edoardo d'Avossa be removed [JURIST report] from the current … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] Loyalist militant Michael Stone [CNN profile] was charged Saturday with 5 counts of attempted murder after he threw a package of explosives into the entrance of the Stormont parliament buildings [virtual tour] in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Friday and attempted to force his way past security guards. The recently-reconstituted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The New York Times [media website] asked the US Supreme Court [official website] Friday to block a federal investigation into a terrorism probe leak from acquiring the telephone records of two Times reporters until the high court rules on a certiorari petition in the case. A Chicago grand jury … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) [official website] has opened a full criminal investigation into former Republican congressman Mark Foley [Congressional profile] in connection with his sexually explicit computer messages to young male pages disclosed [JURIST report] earlier this year. The FDLE began preliminary investigations shortly after Foley … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The US Federal Bureau of Prisons [official website] has assigned former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive] to a federal detention center in Oakdale, Louisiana [official website], according a new inmate listing on the FBP website. FDC Oakdale is a minimum security facility which already houses … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] UK Chancellor Gordon Brown [official profile] called for broader race hate laws after a British jury Friday acquitted [JURIST report] two British National Party [official party website] (BNP) members Friday of inciting racial hatred. The charges stemmed from 2004 speeches in West Yorkshire, taped by the BBC, in which … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] US Rear Adm. Harry Harris [official profile], chief of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility, has said that compulsory interrogations are no longer employed to elicit information from detainees due to their ineffectiveness as compared to "rapport building" techniques. Harris, who took command of the camp in … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] Friday began transferring inmates to private detention centers in other states to alleviate overcrowding under the terms California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's October 4 emergency proclamation [JURIST report]. The first transfer flight of 80 inmates was delayed while a lawsuit … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] A two-day referendum on a proposed new Serbian constitution [DOC; text] which includes a controversial preamble asserting Serbia's ongoing claim to Kosovo got underway on Saturday, but only a small number of voters turned out in its early stages. The Serbian Election Commission [official website, in Serbian] announced [press … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] Friday withdrew a three-year-old lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging Section 215 [ACLU backgrounder] of the Patriot Act [PDF; JURIST news archive]. Congressional amendment of the Act [JURIST report] in March 2006 was cited as the reason for dropping the suit. Before amendment, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The Intermediate People's Court [judicial system backgrounder] in the city of Shaoyang has released a Chinese journalist, Yang Xiaoqing, on bail after he served only seven months of his one-year sentence [JURIST report], Yang's wife said Saturday. The court exempted Yang from serving the remainder of his sentence, but … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] has ruled that the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) [official website], does not have authority to regulate how certain games, including blackjack and slot machines, are run on Indian casinos. The dispute arose in 2001, when the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] President George W. Bush signed two bills into law Friday separately imposing sanctions on North Korea and Sudan in light of the former's nuclear test [JURIST report] earlier this week and reports of continued atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. The North Korea Nonproliferation Act of 2006 … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas [official website] jury issued a $78.47 million verdict against retailer Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Friday, awarding damages to plaintiffs on behalf of current and former Pennsylvania employees for work during rest breaks and off-the-clock labor. Wal-Mart prevailed on a third count … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] Defense attorneys for Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], now formally accused of being an al Qaeda agent, moved this week to dismiss the charges against him based on allegedly illegal actions by the prosecution. Padilla's attorneys accuse the US government of subjecting him to severe physical abuse and threats, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] Ex-Enron [JURIST news archive] vice-president Paula Rieker was sentenced Friday to 2 years probation for insider trading, avoiding up to ten years' imprisonment. Judge Melinda Harmon [official website] of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] reduced Rieker's sentence in exchange for her cooperation … [read more]

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