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Legal news from Friday, October 15, 2004
21:10 EDT

Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick will plead guilty next week to four offenses related to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, according to a statement made by his lawyer Friday. He is the second soldier to plead guilty in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal (timeline of events), and is the [read more]

20:10 EDT

Brazil's first "shoot-down" law will take effect Sunday, 90 days after its enactment. The law allows Brazil's air force to shoot down small planes suspected of carrying drugs. Colombia is the only other South American country to have such a statute. Peru had a similar law but retracted it after [read more]

19:10 EDT

Ralph Nader, the independent presidential candidate, filed a 64-page brief Friday asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore his name to the state's November presidential ballot. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court invalidated his nominating petition Wednesday; read the opinion and order here [PDF]. In Friday's brief Nader argued that the Commonwealth [read more]

16:10 EDT

In a 3-0 opinion filed Friday by Judge Richard A. Posner, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed an Illinois federal court's dismissal of claims by working mothers who contended that voting in person is a hardship and that the US Constitution requires Illinois to allow them [read more]

15:10 EDT

A Chilean court Friday announced that a court-appointed physician has diagnosed 88-year-old former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet with "moderate dementia." The diagnosis confirms the findings of two doctors who previously examined Pinochet on behalf of the prosecution and defense in a case revolving around the deaths of 19 Chileans in [read more]

15:10 EDT

The High Court in London Friday ordered UK Internet service providers to release the names and addresses of 28 alleged "major file-sharers" of pirated music on the Internet. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) had pushed for Justice William Blackburne's favorable judgment in their recent effort to curb the illegal downloading [read more]

14:10 EDT

AP is reporting that a bankruptcy judge has granted US Airways the authority to immediately cut the pay of union employees by 21 percent as part of its effort to restructure its assets and save the troubled airline from going out of business. Reuters has a background story on US [read more]

13:10 EDT

As the November 2 presidential election approaches, accusations of fraud and unfairness by both political parties have increased, prompting questions about the electoral process in many states. In Nevada, a Republican-hired group registering voters has been accused by a former employee of systematically destroying Democratic registration applications. The company, Sproul [read more]

13:10 EDT

The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Bush acted legally when he appointed William Pryor to the appeals court bench during a holiday recess of the Senate. MA Sen. Edward Kennedy challenged the appointment, arguing that it was simply an end-run around the Senate's power to [read more]

12:10 EDT

In Friday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC's inquiry into Fannie Mae's accounting practices has become a formal investigation. Commissioners have given the agency power to subpoena documents and testimony from witnesses. The Washington Post has more.In other news, as previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, a UK court [read more]

12:10 EDT

A German court Friday ordered the release of an 86-year-old man on trial for Nazi crimes committed in Slovakia after a key witness admitted to no longer clearly remembering events. Charges remain against Ladislav Niznansky, a former captain in a Slovak section of Nazi forces, and the trial is expected [read more]

11:10 EDT

BBC News is reporting the Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri will be charged in the UK under the Terrorism Act of 2000. Abu Hamza was arrested early this summer in London, and the US had sought his extradition to face terror charges. BBC News has more.Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase....Radical [read more]

11:10 EDT

AP is reporting that a federal judge has struck down a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The National Park Service has more on winter use of the parks.UPDATE: An AP story is now available. [read more]

11:10 EDT

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has urged state attorney generals to aggressively prosecute any reported cases of price gouging connected with the flu vaccine. Vaccine supplies were halved after UK manufacturer Chiron was blocked from supplying its vaccine by regulators. In a letter to the attorneys general [read more]

10:10 EDT

The Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory Friday with new labeling requirements aimed at warning the public about increased risks of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children treated with antidepressants. Under the new rules, drugmakers will be required to include a "black box" warning on antidepressants to [read more]

10:10 EDT

The Italian high court Friday upheld the dismissal of charges against former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti by a lower court, bringing to a close an 11-year judicial struggle. The high court ruled that all charges stemming from the 1980s were barred by a statute of limitations, but the ruling leaves [read more]

09:10 EDT

The European Parliament Friday called on all the members of the EU to hold referendums on the new EU Constitution (text here [PDF]) by May of next year. The constitution, which was approved by the 25 EU leaders in June, must be approved by either a referendum or a majority [read more]

09:10 EDT

An official report submitted to the Bosnian Serb government Friday shows that more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by government forces at Srebrenica in 1995. Although the killings have been called genocide by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and others, it was [read more]

09:10 EDT

A UK judge Friday granted a US request that three British bankers implicated in the Enron scandal be extradited to the US to face charges. Gary Mulgrew, Giles Darby and David Bermingham, former employees of NatWest, a British bank, are accused of pocketing about 1.5 million pounds each after selling [read more]

08:10 EDT

Indonesia Friday filed charges against Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his alleged involvement in a 2003 bombing at a Jakarta hotel that killed 14. Bashir is expected to be tried in about two weeks and, if convicted, could face the death penalty under the country's anti-terror laws. Bashir is [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, October 15.Boston University School of Law hosts a two-day conference marking the 100th anniversary of Lochner v. New York. Read the conference schedule and papers to be presented during the event.The US House and [read more]

06:10 EDT

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been acquitted of treason charges for allegedly plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe ahead of the country's 2002 election. Tsvangirai faces a second treason trial next month for calling for protests to oust Mugabe last year. BBC News has more. [read more]

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