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Legal news from Wednesday, October 20, 2004
21:10 EDT

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled Wednesday that detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base must be entitled to meet with lawyers freely. In her opinion, Judge Kollar-Kotelly rejected the Bush administration's attempt to allow detainees to meet with attorneys only while monitored. Judge Kollar-Kotelly said that monitoring detainees' [read more]

19:10 EDT

The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the school desegregation policy of the town of Lynn, Massachusetts, is unconstitutional because it considers race as a factor in determining whether students can transfer out of their neighborhood school districts. The First Circuit's ruling reversed a lower court's determination to [read more]

19:10 EDT

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the world's population of marine mammals do not have standing to sue President George W. Bush or Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The lawsuit, filed by attorney and animal activist Lanny Sinkin, was brought on behalf of the world's population of whales, [read more]

17:10 EDT

In Wednesday's environmental law news, the town of Carlstadt NJ has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to issue a stop work order and refuse permits to the developers of the Xanadu entertainment complex. Xanadu, a $1.3 billion project, is set to be built in the parking lot of the [read more]

16:10 EDT

Court-appointed lawyers for former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, currently on trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, are set to argue against their own appointment before the Appeals Chamber of the court on Thursday. The lawyers are seeking release from their assignment on the grounds that Milosevic, [read more]

15:10 EDT

The UN reported Wednesday that crimes by pro-government Janjaweed militias in the Darfur region of Sudan are continuing. Radhia Achouri, spokeswoman for Jan Pronk, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's envoy to Sudan, said rape cases are in the hundreds and are still increasing, supporting statements made Tuesday by UNICEF officials. [read more]

15:10 EDT

FCC chairman Michael Powell has announced that he will introduce a proposal to the FCC for broad federal regulatory authority over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services within a month. Speaking at an industry conference in Boston Tuesday, Powell said that leaving authority to the states would create a patchwork [read more]

13:10 EDT

A security detainee has died while in detention at Camp Bucca, Iraq, US Central Command reported Wednesday. Detainees notified guards of the male 26-year-old's ailing condition Tuesday afternoon, and medics attempted to perform life-saving measures, but the as-yet unidentified detainee passed away Tuesday evening. The detainee had not previously been [read more]

13:10 EDT

In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, US District Judge Sim Lake ordered former Enron chairman Ken Lay be tried with former executives Jeffrey Skilling and Richard Causey on charges linked to the energy giant's collapse. The judge denied requests by the ex-Enron executives to be tried separately on the [read more]

13:10 EDT

The European Union said on Wednesday that the EU executive will be referring Britain to the European Court of Justice over excessive penalties that Britain is imposing on its citizens who bring in large amounts of tobacco and alcohol. Although EU rules call for the free movement of goods, and [read more]

11:10 EDT

A veterans group has filed an FCC complaint against Sinclair Broadcast Group over its plans to air a movie attacking Democratic candidate John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam War. The group, the Veterans Institute for Security and Democracy, filed the complaint Tuesday, arguing that the program sought to influence the [read more]

10:10 EDT

The minority Turkish Cypriot government has resigned after months of inaction following a failed attempt to reunite the island. Rauf Denktash, leader of the Turkish republic on the island, accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Talat and his administration, although Talat will remain in his post until a new [read more]

10:10 EDT

With less than two weeks until the presidential election, both political parties are preparing courses of legal action should the results of the election be close or disputed. Both parties are assembling task forces of lawyers to monitor the polls for potential voter fraud, and both major candidates have recruited [read more]

10:10 EDT

The terrorist organizations run by Muslim extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, including Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'al-Jihad (BBC News profile here), were added to the Sanctions List of the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee this week. The decision to add the group followed an official request of the US government that the UN [read more]

09:10 EDT

A district judge has refused a request by the Federal Election Commission to stay an earlier ruling striking down rules set by the FEC under the new campaign-finance laws. Although refusing to stay her earlier ruling, District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly did clarify that the current rules would remain in effect [read more]

09:10 EDT

As anticipated last week on JURIST's Paper Chase, US Army Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick pleaded guilty Wednesday to five charges of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, including dereliction of duty and assault. Frederick will be sentenced at a hearing Thursday. Under a plea deal between Frederick [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, October 20.On Capitol Hill, the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an 11 AM ET conference for the 9-11 Recommendations Implementation Act (HR 10). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).Today is [read more]

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