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Legal News
18 Apr 2007
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Wednesday against a motion to advance legislation that would permit the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] or another federal government entity to intervene in Medicare [JURIST news archive] drug pricing negotiations between drug makers and private insurance plans on behalf of the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2007
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The US Senate Committee on Finance [official website] has approved a bill which would provide the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] the authority to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare [JURIST news archive] beneficiaries with drug manufacturers, insurers and pharmacies. The Medicare … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2007
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] New Mexico [JURIST news archive] Gov. Bill Richardson (D) [official website] has signed into law a groundbreaking bill [PDF text] designed to promote drug overdose reporting by granting limited immunity from drug possession charges for those drug users, family members and acquaintances who make the 911 call. The measure … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2007
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Connecticut's House of Representatives [official website] have introduced a health care reform bill [text] aimed at providing coverage to the state's uninsured. The initiative introduced Tuesday positions Connecticut within the growing ranks of states that have recently proposed health care reform plans for their poor and uninsured … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Maryland's solicitor general urged the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] Thursday to overturn a district court decision [PDF text; JURIST report] striking down Maryland's Fair Share Health Care Fund Act [PDF text]. The law would have required companies with more than 10,000 employees to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] New York's Court of Appeals [official website], the state's highest court, handed down a 6-0 decision [PDF text] Thursday, banning Catholic Charities [organization website] and nine other social service organizations from refusing to provide birth control insurance coverage for their employees. The decision hinged on whether such organizations would … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The Maryland Court of Appeals [official website] unanimously upheld a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] this week barring the state from discontinuing Medicaid [official website; JURIST news archive] benefits to approximately 3,000 legal immigrant recipients, all of whom migrated to Maryland within the past five years. The ruling means that … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile, JURIST news archive], deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission [UN materials] probing the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], delivered the panel's latest report to UN Secretary-General Kofi … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] US journalist Edward Caraballo, one of three US citizens jailed in 2004 [JURIST report] on charges of running a private jail and torturing eight Afghan men, was released Sunday from Kabul's Pul-i-Charki prison by presidential decree. Caraballo, former US Green Beret Jonathan Idema [BBC profile], and ex-servicemen Brett Bennett … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The Egyptian parliament on Sunday extended the country's emergency laws [EOHR backgrounder] for two more years in order to allow more time for the government to draft anti-terrorism legislation. The emergency laws, which would have expired in June, were implemented in 1981 in response to the assassination of former … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The new Canadian Conservative Party [party profile] government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website; JURIST news archive] tabled its Federal Accountability Act [C-2 bill summary; full bill text] in the House of Commons [official website] on Tuesday. The sweeping legislation [CBC report] and the accompanying action plan [text], … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official profile] signed a ground-breaking healthcare bill [text as passed; JURIST report] into law Wednesday, under which almost all residents, including the state's 550,000 uninsured, are required to obtain healthcare coverage. Romney also used his line-item veto power [press release], however, to override eight portions … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website, JURIST news archive] says that it will "take all necessary measures to establish the facts" concerning accusations of rape and child abuse brought against members of its peace-monitoring forces in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive] and will form an independent panel to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Serbian officials Wednesday asked Carla del Ponte [official profile], chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] to bear in mind the country's "complex political situation" as she arrived in Belgrade for talks two days before issuing a report to the European Union on … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Human rights activists around the world were subject to murder, assaults, imprisonment and other forms of repression in 2005 according to a joint report [PDF] issued Wednesday by the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] and the Geneva-based World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) [advocacy website]. The … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] British Judge Advocate John Bayliss ruled Wednesday that Royal Air Force [official website] Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, the first British officer to face criminal charges after challenging the conflict's legality will face a court-martial on five charges of failing to comply with a lawful order. Kendall-Smith [JURIST news archive], … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] A panel of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday convicted [press release; ICTY judgment summary] former Bosnian Muslim General Enver Hadzihasanovic and former Brigadier Amir Kubura for their failure to check or punish war atrocities [ICTY case backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] A lawyer for Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, a medical officer in the UK's Royal Air Force [official website], argued in a pre-trial military hearing Wednesday that his client was entitled to say in a court-martial defense against five charges of failing to comply with an order [JURIST report] to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] The 53-member UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] is set to start its yearly and probably last six-week session [UN backgrounder] in Geneva on Monday, but may not follow its customary agenda due to ongoing controversy over the formation of a new UN Human Rights Council [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] said Sunday on ABC's This Week that he plans to introduce a censure resolution [text, PDF; Feingold fact sheet] in the US Senate Monday condemning President Bush for approving the National Security Agency warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] and then misinforming the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Pentagon officials said Friday that the force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees [JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] would continue despite opposition from doctors who signed an open letter [PDF] published in the British medical journal Lancet [journal website] earlier this week. The letter, endorsed by 263 doctors … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] After a day and half of deliberation a federal jury Friday found former mayor of Atlanta Bill Campbell [Wikipedia backgrounder] not guilty of racketeering, fraud and bribery charges, although he was found guilty on three counts of tax evasion. Campbell, mayor from 1994 to 2002, was charged [US DOJ … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] A bill [PDF text] banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] passed the Republican-majority Wisconsin State Legislature [official website] Tuesday evening and will be presented to voters on the state ballot in November. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle [official website] (D-WI), who will not have an opportunity to consider the bill, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] EU justice and interior ministers meeting in Brussels Tuesday approved [European Council proceedings, PDF] a controversial data retention directive [DOC] passed by the European Parliament [JURIST report] in December designed to track down terrorists, paedophiles, and criminal gangs and calling for EU member states to store citizens' phone call … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2006
by Stefanie Presley

[JURIST] Trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday in El Paso, TX for Sgt. Alan J. Driver, a reservist accused of abusing prisoners at Bagram Control Point [Global Security profile; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. He is the last soldier in a group [JURIST report] of 11 from … [read more]

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