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Legal news from Wednesday, May 17, 2006
21:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for telecommunications giant AT&T made what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday for the return of documents collected by a former AT&T technician that supposedly detail co-operation between the company and the US National Security Agency [official website] in the [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Wednesday approved key amendments to an immigration reform bill that would create an additional 370 miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border and would deny the possibility of acquiring citizenship to illegal immigrants convicted of certain criminal offences. The border fencing amendment introduced by Senator Jeff [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue [official biography] said Wednesday that the state will appeal [press release] a judge's ruling [order, PDF; JURIST report] that a voter-approved amendment banning same-sex marriage [text] is unconstitutional. Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker [official website] said he would seek an expedited review. Baker noted [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website] voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to tighten immigration requirements for unskilled workers. The Senate [official website] is expected to consider the bill [JURIST document; legislative information] next month. If adopted, the measure would allow only highly qualified immigrants from outside the EU to obtain a [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of a European Parliament [official website] delegation just back from a visit to the US [JURIST report] told reporters in Strasbourg Wednesday that CIA [official website] officials had confirmed to them "that between 30 and 50 people have been transported by extraordinary rendition", but had indicated it was [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] must abide by the terms of its 2002 antitrust settlement [final judgment, PDF] with the US Justice Department [official website] through November 2009, a federal judge said Wednesday. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly [official profile] approved the DOJ's two-year extension request [JURIST report; [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jury deliberations in the trial of former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profiles] began Wednesday after government prosecutors and defense lawyers finished closing arguments. Lay and Skilling have been charged [indictment, PDF] with multiple counts of fraud and criminal conspiracy for providing [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Visitors to Japan [JURIST news archive] will be electronically fingerprinted and photographed under a bill approved Wednesday by the House of Councillors [official website], the upper house of Japan's parliament. Foreign visitors 16 and older will have their fingerprints and pictures taken upon entering the country beginning in November [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A disciplinary hearing for two Egyptian judges who complained of alleged fraud in last year's parliamentary elections [JURIST report] is set to resume amid renewed clashes between riot police and the judges' supporters [JURIST report]. The judges, Mahmoud Mekki and Hisham Bastawisi, are scheduled to appear in the Supreme [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Utah [official website] has ruled that the state's ban on polygamy is constitutional [opinion, PDF] in a decision upholding the bigamy conviction of a former police officer. The court was asked to decide whether Utah's bigamy statute was constitutional as applied to Holm, a former [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez [official profile; Wikipedia profile] has said that if President Bush's decision to send [JURIST report] 6,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexican border results in a militarization of the area, Mexico would file lawsuits in US courts through its consulates to protect the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Internet journalist Yang Tianshui, a member of China's chapter of International PEN [advocacy website], was sentenced to twelve years in prison on Tuesday on charges that he attempted to "subvert state power" by posting essays on the Internet in favor of a movement entitled the "Velvet Action of [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] An unidentified attacker on Wednesday shot five judges in the Council of State [official website], Turkey's highest administrative court located in Ankara. The wounded judges are all from the same court chamber, which deals with education issues and in February handed down a controversial ruling denying a promotion to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile] ruled Wednesday that Saddam Hussein will be permitted to testify [AP report] on behalf of a co-defendant when his trial [JURIST news archive] before the Iraqi High Criminal Court resumes on Monday. Abdel-Rahman said that defense lawyers can ask Hussein questions about the involvement [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Constance Russell of Fulton County Superior Court [official website] in Georgia has ruled [order, PDF] that the state's same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] ban is unconstitutional because the state constitutional amendment violates the single-subject rule, which prohibits voters from deciding more than one issue at a time. The [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian Senate [official website] on Tuesday defeated a bill [PDF text] to amend the Nigerian constitution that would have allowed current President Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile] to run for a third term in office. The bill, which failed to receive the necessary two-thirds vote for passage, was proposed [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The intelligence committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives [committee websites] will receive a full briefing [Senate press release] on the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], committee chairmen said Tuesday. In preparation for the confirmation hearings on the nomination [JURIST report] of Gen. Michael [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Verizon Communications [corporate website] said Tuesday that it did not turn over phone records to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website], nor was it asked to do so, as was reported [USA Today report; JURIST report] last week. The denial from Verizon follows an announcement from BellSouth that [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] In a decision that some observers have hailed as a victory for "health tourism", the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled [judgment text] on Tuesday that domestic health service programs must pay for patients who go abroad to another EU state to have needed surgery. The major criterion [read more]

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