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Legal news from Tuesday, September 14, 2004
21:09 EDT

Turkey reversed its plan to criminalize adultery Tuesday after pressure from the EU. Initially, Turkey's government wanted to penalize the practice in order to satisfy its conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erogan and more devout Islamic citizens. Turkey's government is currently revising its 78-year-old law code in an attempt to [read more]

21:09 EDT

US Ambassador John Danforth submitted a revised version of a UN Security Council draft resolution Tuesday that sustains sanction threats against Sudan's oil industry and requests an increase in monitoring by the African Union in the Dafur region. Ambassador Danforth's revisions were in response to China's threat to veto the [read more]

20:09 EDT

In Tuesday's environmental law news, US Department of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed documents creating America's 58th national park on Monday: the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The new park is in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley near the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, and encompasses the former [read more]

17:09 EDT

In Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, Charles Schwab Corp. has agreed to pay a fine of $350,000 to the SEC relating to the processing of mutual fund orders after the 4 PM ET market close. Schwab did not admit or deny any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. Read [read more]

16:09 EDT

In a break with most Republican lawmakers, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill banning .50-caliber BMG rifles (manufacturer's website here; see also this Brady Campaign factsheet). The high-powered rifle is used by the military and police to shoot long-range targets. Civilians typically use the guns at firing-ranges and [read more]

15:09 EDT

The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a motion from the original plaintiff in Roe v. Wade to have the case that legalized abortion in all 50 states overturned. Norma McCorvey had asserted that abortions cause women long-term emotional harm and hoped this information would be enough to [read more]

14:09 EDT

Two sponsors of the nation's Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) have filed suit against the Federal Election Commission over its alleged failure to enforce the regulations by not blocking the spending of unlimited donations by so-called 527 groups in the presidential campaign. Reps. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Martin Meehan, D-Mass., [read more]

14:09 EDT

A new witness will testify in the German retrial of the only person convicted in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The witness, a restaurant owner identified only as Luetz, claims to have seen defendant Mounir el Motassadeq with three Hamburg-based suicide hijackers, including alleged mastermind Mohamed Atta, at his [read more]

11:09 EDT

International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohammed ElBaradei said Tuesday that he has seen no proof that Iran is developing a weapons program, but added that he was not certain that the country's intentions are entirely peaceful. As reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the IAEA Board of Governors is currently considering [read more]

10:09 EDT

A French appeals court Tuesday upheld the acquittal of three photographers who took pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed on the night of their fatal car crash, saying the three did not break French privacy laws. Prosecutors and al Fayed's father had appealed a Paris court decision that [read more]

10:09 EDT

Japan has responded to requests from Washington for increased security measures on airline flights by preparing armed plainclothes officers from the National Police Agency to serve as sky marshals on flights to the US. Officers have been sent to Germany for training in their sky marshal program and the NPA [read more]

10:09 EDT

Tuesday's New York Times highlights the Justice Department's opening of an internal investigation into the FBI's arrest of a Muslim lawyer in Oregon who was mistakenly linked to the Madrid train bombings, a federal court determination that accused 9/11 suspect Zacarias Moussaoui may submit written questions to "enemy combatants" held [read more]

10:09 EDT

British lawyers appointed to defend Slobodan Milosevic have asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to suspend his trial while the court rules on their appeal against their appointment. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the court decided last week to allow the appeal made by the [read more]

10:09 EDT

The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has opened an investigation into the mistaken arrest of Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield in connection with March's terrorist attack in Madrid, saying the USA Patriot Act [PDF] may have been improperly used. Mayfield's arrest was based on what turned out to be [read more]

09:09 EDT

British lawyer Phil Shiner said Tuesday that he has evidence that US forces mistreated detainees in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which would mean that abuse of detainees in Iraq spread beyond Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Shiner released statements by two Iraqi men who said they had been hooded, [read more]

09:09 EDT

Germany's National Ethics Council, charged with offering the federal government advice on ethical issues in the life sciences, has announced that it will continue to oppose cloning of human embryos for research. The debate on therapeutic cloning was reopened in Germany following Britain's decisions this summer to loosen its rules [read more]

08:09 EDT

Israel's security cabinet Tuesday approved a policy to provide cash advances to Jewish settlers who evacuate the Gaza Strip voluntarily. According to a draft bill, each settler family would receive between $200,000 and $500,000 as part of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Palestinian territory. Zevulun Orlev, [read more]

05:09 EDT

In Tuesday's US law and business press, The Recorder is reporting that as the presidential election nears, Republicans are expected to push for a vote on controversial judicial nominations.... The Recorder also reports that a San Francisco Superior Court judge has slashed attorney fees in a CA consumer class action [read more]

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