Legal news from Thursday, February 20, 2003
22:02 EDT

[JURIST] New and interesting Opinions issued Thursday included Spargo v. New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct [PDF text], in which US District Judge David Hurd of the US District Court for the Northern District of New York [official website] threw out most of the rules prohibiting judges and judicial [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Read statements and press releases from the University of South Florida (Professor Sami Al-Arian's employer), the Anti-Defamation League [press release supporting the arrest], the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Arab American Institute [press release], the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Muslim American Society. The United Faculty of Florida, [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Watch a short video featuring Professor Sami Al-Arian talking about the "clash of civilizations" and the prospect of war in Iraq. The video was produced in November 2002 by Snowshoefilms, a peace-activist media group [note: this link is posted for informational purposes only in light of Professor Al-Arian's arrest [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] On Wednesday the St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project [official website] unveiled its new Freedom Suits Archive of nearly 300 legal petitions for freedom by people of color originally filed in St. Louis courts between 1814 and 1860. The archive makes up the largest corpus of freedom suits [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Thursday the arrest of four members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a designated foreign terrorist organization, following the return of a 50-count indictment against them and four others by a federal grand jury in Tampa, Florida. Professor Sami Amin Al-Arian [JURIST report] of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of 7 state attorneys general announced Thursday that they plan to sue the Bush Administration over its failure to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants. Read a press release from the Office of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and review the [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission Thursday voted to give states more power to enforce telecom competition regulations while requiring Bell companies to open up their phone lines to local competitors at steeply discounted rates. Watch streaming video of the FCC open meeting. [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] On law professors' weblogs Thursday (so far): Eric Muller at the University of North Carolina Law School [official website] wonders why more people aren't concerned about the impact of the PATRIOT Act on real estate lawyers... Eugene Volokh at UCLA School of Law [official website] has been reading Judge [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The University of Michigan Thursday posted streaming video of a speech [UM press release] on the Michigan affirmative action admissions cases that UM President Mary Sue Coleman delivered Monday to the American Council on Education. [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] University of South Florida [official website] computer science professor Sami Al-Arian, a Kuwait-born Palestinian, was arrested early Thursday morning by federal agents according to news reports [USA Today story]. Al-Arian, who had already been placed on forced leave and banned from the USF campus for allegedly making pro-terrorist comments [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Roger Williams University announced Wednesday that David Logan of Wake Forest University School of Law has been appointed as the new dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law [official website] in Bristol, Rhode Island.... Students at Harvard Law School [official website] are getting involved in the HLS [read more]

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