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Legal news from Monday, February 7, 2005
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] According to a federal indictment [FindLaw PDF] unsealed Monday, W.R. Grace and Co. [corporate website] and seven of its high-ranking officials and managers knew as early as 1976 that a vermiculite mine operated by the company in Montana was releasing asbestos into the air and attempted to conceal the [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Citing the potential for substantial disruption and diversion of military resources, US District Judge Royce C. Lambert [court profile] refused Monday to issue a injuntion requiring immediate release from service of a US soldier whose active duty period had been extended under the Army's authority to extend enlistment in [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, California state officials have decided to begin to enforce the state's vehicle idling ban [text]. The measure bans trucks from idling for over 5 minutes and busses for over 10, with some exceptions. Tickets will start at $100, and there is no maximum. The [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that after a week-long trial [JURIST report] a jury in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has found defrocked [JURIST report] Roman Catholic priest Paul Shanley [Boston Globe profile] guilty of repeatedly molesting a boy at his church during the 1980s. The boy, now a 27-year old firefighter, had forgotten [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has formally suspended [UN daily press briefing] Benon Sevan [official profile], the head of the UN oil-for-food program [official website], and Joseph Stephanides, a senior official who dealt with contracts. The suspensions come after an interim report [PDF text] by an inquiry commission conducted by [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [official website; JURIST Newsmaker] and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] will sign a truce on Tuesday at a summit being held in Egypt, according to reports. The truce will end four years of fighting and signals the revival of the US-backed "road map" [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven Kuwaiti detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have said that US troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan abused them before they were sent overseas to the US naval base, according to a lawyer's notes that were declassified and released Monday. The allegations include beatings with chains, electric shock and [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, the Justice Department [official website] is investigating as many as 20 individual specialists on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) [official website] over allegations of using illegal trading practices to cheat customers. The investigation is an extension of one [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] In its annual budget recommendations to Congress, the White House stated Monday that repealing the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act [text], also known as the Byrd amendment, would save an estimated $1.608 billion in the 2006 budget year. The measure gives money collected from anti-dumping duties on imports [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The White House's proposed 2006 budget of $2.5 trillion released Monday allocates $18.7 billion for the Department of Justice. Among the key changes in the DOJ budget: a 19% increase in anti-terrorism funding, a moratorium on new Bureau of Prisons construction, and a reallocation to restore "drug war" staffing [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's international brief, Spain [government website] has began an amnesty program that will allow a large portion of its illegal immigrant population to apply for legal resident status. The new legislation, promulgated by the ruling Socialist party, requires a work contract, registration with the local town hall and [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of last week's government takeover [JURIST report] by Nepalese King Gyanendra [BBC profile] and his subsequent controversial decrees, including a ban [BBC report] on "directly or indirectly" criticizing security forces and a statement that the government can seize private property and monitor all forms of electronic [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Cuba [government website; English version], a country famous for its tobacco products, now has some of the toughest anti-smoking laws. New legislation that went into force across the country Monday will prohibit smoking in work environments, ban the sale of tobacco within a certain radius of schools, and outlaws [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] More than 200 foreign nationals currently being detained in US immigration facilities could be released under a recent Supreme Court ruling [JURIST Gazette report] according to figures released Monday by Cheryl Little [official profile], executive director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center [advocacy website]. Last month in Clark v. [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing UK terror suspects detained by authorities in Broadmoor high security hospital and Belmarsh prison have filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights [official website], arguing that Britain's derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights [official PDF text], which normally prohibits the indefinite detention [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday that Israel's State Prosecution Office will later this week recommend to the country's High Court that it ignore the International Court of Justice [official website] ruling [official text] on Israel's security fence issued in 2004. The report, ordered by the Israeli Attorney General [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The son of late President Gnassingbe Eyadema [official profile in French] was sworn in as the new president of the African state of Togo [government website in French] Monday after the country's parliament altered its constitution to permit his succession. Citing a need to eliminate any power vacuum and [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Feb. 7.The US Senate [official website] convenes today at 2 PM ET, with a live webcast available via C-SPAN. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee [official website] will hold a business meeting [read more]

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