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Legal news from Monday, September 27, 2004
21:09 EDT

A federal immigration appeals court in Virginia has ordered the deportation of a Rwandan for allegedly engaging in genocide, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported Monday. Enos Irigaba Kagaba was arrested in 2001 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and charged with trying to enter the country without [read more]

21:09 EDT

A Berlin court Monday ruled against two former Italian soldiers who were interned in German POW camps during WWII. Antonio Basile, 81, and Giacomo Malberto, 82, had sought the equivalent of $9,450 each from a fund set up by the German government and industry in 2001 to compensate slave laborers [read more]

20:09 EDT

An audit conducted by the US Department of Justice's Inspector General and released Monday has found that the FBI faces a large backlog of text and audio receptions awaiting translation. Since September 11, 2001, more than 123,000 hours of audio in languages associated with terrorists and 370,000 hours of audio [read more]

20:09 EDT

The US Coast Guard announced Monday the seizure of 27 tons of cocaine and the arrest of 18 people from aboard two fishing boats in the East Pacific. The seizures, made possible by the work of an interagency task force that included agents from the Coast Guard, FBI, DEA, Immigration [read more]

17:09 EDT

In Monday's corporations and securities law news, Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. have indicated that they may make a joint bid for bankrupt cable-television operator Adelphia Communications Corp. The bid may allow Time Warner to swap Adelphia assets in exchange for Comcast's interest in Time Warner Cable. Comcast also [read more]

16:09 EDT

The Cabinet of Spain's new Socialist government is expected to pass a bill allowing same-sex marriages on Friday. The proposed bill has started a furor with the Catholic Church who say the bill will release a "virus" into Spanish society. Once passed, the bill will go to Parliament for debate. [read more]

15:09 EDT

The former head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, Bishop Thomas Dupre, has been indicted on child rape charges, a county prosecutor said Monday. Dupre, who resigned on February 11th, is the first Catholic bishop to be indicted in connection with the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked [read more]

14:09 EDT

Two US soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division have been charged with murder in the death of an Iraqi civilian. The military announced it will not provide further details because an investigation has begun. Last week, two soldiers from the same unit were charged in the deaths of three civilians. [read more]

14:09 EDT

The Eleventh US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that internet publishers are not required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, denying the appeal of Access Now, an advocacy group for the blind that had had sued Southwest Airlines seeking a redesign of its [read more]

13:09 EDT

Thomas Finneran, the longtime Democratic speaker of the Massachusetts House who since March has been the subject of a federal investigation regarding his involvement in drawing the state's redistricting map, announced his resignation Monday. Finneran will take a position with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. A 2001 lawsuit claimed that the [read more]

13:09 EDT

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Monday reinstituted a lawsuit that sought to mandate a paper trail for electronic voting machines in Florida. The lawsuit, filed by Robert Wexler, a Florida congressman, was initially denied jurisdiction by a federal district court. The Eleventh Circuit vacated that decision, and remanded for [read more]

11:09 EDT

The Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Ohio Gov. Bob Taft should have ordered a special election to fill the vacancy created when former Congressman James Traficant was expelled from office because of a bribery and racketeering conviction. According to the 2-1 majority, Taft's failure to order [read more]

11:09 EDT

A group of current and former deputies to Russia's parliament filed a lawsuit Monday asking the Russian Supreme Court to annul Russia's December parliamentary elections conducted by the Russian Central Election Commission. According to the lawsuit, the Commission did not detect violations that led to pro-Kremlin party United Russia receiving [read more]

10:09 EDT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the creation of a new list of terrorist individuals and entities. The proposed list would be separate from the current list created under Resolution 1267 and maintained by the Al Qaeda and [read more]

10:09 EDT

Pakistani security forces have shot dead al Qaeda member Amjad Hussain Farooqi (profile from BBC News), prompting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to say Monday that "we've eliminated one of the very major sources of terrorist threat." Farooqi, a principal member of al Qaeda in Pakistan, was wanted in the 2002 [read more]

09:09 EDT

Following up on a story previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the US Army formally announced Monday that Lynndie England will face court-martial in January on charges arising out of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Lt. Gen. John Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, said [read more]

09:09 EDT

Former President Jimmy Carter says in an op-ed published Monday in the Washington Post that because several key provisions of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) have not been implemented as a result of inadequate funding or political disputes, "a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems [read more]

08:09 EDT

Microsoft chief counsel Brad Smith said Monday in Brussels that he remains hopeful that the company can still settle with the European Commission after its finding some months ago that Microsoft had abused its "dominance of PC operating systems." Smith said that Microsoft had already spent millions in trying to [read more]

06:09 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, September 27.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 1 PM ET and will consider the Intelligence Reform Bill (S 2845). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN). The US House is not considering [read more]

05:09 EDT

In Monday's US law and business press, the National Law Journal reports that the House of Representatives has voted to reinstate mandatory sanctions for attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits under FRCP Rule 11.... The Connecticut Law Tribune reports on a CT attorney's facetious written statement to opposing counsel in a [read more]

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