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Legal news from Friday, October 22, 2004
21:10 EDT

Speaking to the Organization of American States on Friday, human rights lawyer Renan Hedouville said that human rights violations are still common under the new US-backed regime of Prime Minister Gerard Latortue in Haiti. Illegal arrests without warrants and holding people without charge are events that occur regularly, according to [read more]

20:10 EDT

A UN spokesman said Friday that the United Nations is not likely to lend personnel or other support to the Iraqi Special Tribunal set up to try Saddam Hussein and other members of his regime. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric cited several issues the world body has with the Tribunal, including [read more]

19:10 EDT

Four more detainees faced Combatant Status Review Tribunals Friday at Guantanamo Bay to determine whether they are properly held as enemy combatants or should be freed. The detainees whose cases were heard today included an alleged Taliban fighter and three men with suspected links to the al-Quaida terror network. AP [read more]

19:10 EDT

Circuit Judge George W. Greer of the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida refused Friday to order a new trial in the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. Terri Schiavo's parents had sought a new trial to determine whether their daughter - in a vegetative state for the past 14 years - would [read more]

16:10 EDT

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia announced Friday that the trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic is adjourned until Nov. 9 due to an unavailability of witnesses scheduled for next week. Read the ICTY press statement here. Defense witnesses have been particularly problematic throughout the trial, and [read more]

16:10 EDT

A Costa Rican court ordered Friday that former President Rafael Calderon be held in jail for nine months while officials investigate allegations of corruption. Calderon was detained at the courthouse after testifying in his defense against charges of receiving bribes, illegal enrichment and criminal association. Prosecutors in the case are [read more]

15:10 EDT

The Supreme Court of Ohio Friday rejected a request by independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader to get his name on Ohio's ballot for the upcoming Nov. 2 election. In an attempt to validate election petitions, Nader attorneys had urged the court to force the election board into reviewing voter registration [read more]

14:10 EDT

A French judge has begun an investigation of a Middle East official for oil company Total based on suspicions that the company used bribes to gain access to new markets. Alain Le Chevalier is the fourth Total executive facing legal proceedings brought by judge Philippe Courroye (profile in French from [read more]

13:10 EDT

In Friday's corporations and securities law news, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has begun an inquiry into some of the world's biggest music firms. The inquiry focuses on how songs make it on radio station play lists. Spitzer has subpoenaed EMI, Universal Music, Sony BMG and Warner Music requiring [read more]

13:10 EDT

Financial giant Citigroup said Friday that two former executives and a current employee may be charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with a failure to forward a $16 million payment to Citigroup's Smith Barney mutual funds group. One of the executives who could face charges is Thomas [read more]

13:10 EDT

The top UN elections official in Iraq has said that elections scheduled for January are on track and the results will be credible whether international observers are present or not. The presence of observers for the elections has been in doubt due to the security situation in the country. Carlos [read more]

11:10 EDT

AP is reporting that President Bush has signed the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, a sweeping corporate tax reform bill offering $136 billion in tax breaks to businesses. The legislation, which also aims to address trade issues with the EU, was approved earlier this month by Congress. Read the [read more]

11:10 EDT

Four men - three military officials and one civilian businessman - were charged Thursday with the attempted assassination of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. The charges allege that the four, led by Major Hamza al-Mustapha, attempted to purchase a Stinger ground-to-air missile to shoot down Obasanjo's helicopter in April. Mustapha was [read more]

11:10 EDT

In Friday's environmental law news, Japan is considering a new "Environment Tax" for the fiscal 2005 year that would charge individual households and companies based on the amount of gasoline, gas and other types of fossil fuels they use. The tax was proposed by the Environment Ministry and will now [read more]

10:10 EDT

BBC is reporting that the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Friday. This marks a major step forward for the long-delayed international climate treaty, as full Russian ratification would push the UN pact over the threshold of 55% of developed nations' emissions, and [read more]

09:10 EDT

A military court on Friday ruled that Specialist Charles Graner will face court-martial on January 7, on charges including assault and cruelty involving Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison. Graner, a reservist MP, claims he was only following orders to intimidate prisoners before interrogation. Fellow accused soldiers have named [read more]

09:10 EDT

A French administrative court ruled Friday that the case of three Sikh boys, who were expelled for wearing under-turbans to school, should be referred back to their school for further mediation. The French Sikh community claims that the under-turban is a fair compromise between religious freedom and France's new ban [read more]

09:10 EDT

The British High Court ruled Friday that doctors can withold certain treatment from a terminally-ill baby if his condition deteriorates. Luke Winston-Jones, nine months old, suffers from a rare condition called Edwards Syndrome. Most babies with the condition do not survive beyond one year. The High Court ruled that doctors [read more]

08:10 EDT

The US Supreme Court is expected to rule quickly on an application by Presidential candidate Ralph Nader to stay a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision barring him from the state ballots on Nov. 2. On Tuesday, the PA high court upheld a previous Commonwealth Court ruling on the matter. Justice David [read more]

07:10 EDT

Three members of the military commission set up to try terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been removed after defense challenges to their qualifications, pursuant to a decision handed down Thursday by the Appointing Authority for Military Commissions, John T. Altenburg, Jr.. During initial commission proceedings in late [read more]

05:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, October 22.The US House and Senate are in recess until Tuesday, November 16.Today is the deadline for voter registration in Alabama and Nebraska.The Russian Duma is expected to vote today on whether to ratify [read more]

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