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Legal news from Thursday, December 23, 2004
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Democrat Christine Gregoire has won the Washington governor's race by 130 votes over Republican Dino Rossi, with all votes from King County counted per Wednesday's Washington state Supreme Court ruling.7:45 PM ET - View the final recount results on the Washington Secretary of State's election [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush indicated Thursday he would re-nominate some 20 individuals for federal judgeships whose confirmations were directly or indirectly blocked by Democrats in the last Congress who considered them too right-wing on a range of legal and social issues. Read a full statement by White House press secretary Scott [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that former CT Gov. John G. Rowland has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of corruption. The Hartford Courant has more on the expected plea announcement (registration required).Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase....Aide to former Connecticut governor John Rowland chargedGrand jury reconvenes in former CT governor case; [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The editor of the report on freedom and governance in Arab countries has accused the US of blocking the report's publication due to objections over sections on Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nader Fergani, the editor of the Arab Human Development Report, said the US had threatened to pull [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Arguments in the San Francisco same-sex marriage case continue for a second day Thursday in front of San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer. The two sides sparred Wednesday, with gay rights advocates arguing that the state no longer had a legitimate reason for limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The British government has said that it will not oppose a citizens' group if it seeks an injunction of a hunting ban set to take effect in February. The Countryside Alliance has said it will challenge the ban in court, and if it loses, it will seek an injunction [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has refused a request to reconsider its ruling that the Puerto Rican Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the territory's disputed governor's election. The court refused Wednesday to rehear the case en banc or for the judges who originally decided the case to [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish parliamentary commission investigating the Madrid train bombings from last March has completed its hearings and will now draft a final report on its findings. The hearings, which were aimed at determining how Islamic radicals were able to bomb several train cars and kill 191 people, often involved [read more]

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