Legal news from Thursday, February 27, 2003
22:02 EDT

[JURIST] By a vote of 241-155 Thursday the US House of Representatives passed a bill to prohibit human cloning. Review The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003 [bill summary of HR 534], the detailed House Committee Report [text] on the bill, and read a floor statement supporting the legislation by [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] Securities and Exchange Commission v. Berger [PDF opinion] (February 27, US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals [official website]). The Court upheld a $20 million securities fraud judgment against a fugitive former hedge fund manager who skipped his criminal sentencing in 2002, saying that the trial court had jurisdiction over [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday approved the nominations of Deborah Cook, John Roberts and Jay Bybee [DOJ nomination background] as new US Court of Appeals judges in a rancorous session during which Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch overrode Committee rules to get a vote on Cook and [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Rick Hasen [Election Law blog], Loyola Law School Los Angeles, takes columnist George Will to task for misunderstanding the Constitution and the filibuster. And Lawrence Solum [Legal Theory Blog], also of Loyola, gives his valuable regular run-down of who's-presenting-what Thursday in faculty workshops at law schools across the country. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge issued a joint statement Thursday announcing a reduction in the US terror alert level (officially, the Homeland Security Advisory System [official website]) from High/Orange to Elevated/Yellow: "The decision to raise the threat level on February 7 was based on [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] elected a new President Thursday. Judge Theodor Meron (USA) was selected to succeed Judge Claude Jorda (France). Judge Meron, initially elected to the ICTY by the UN General Assembly in 2001, received his legal education at the Universities of [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] More new and interesting papers posted on SSRN today:Electrifying Copyright Norms And Making Cyberspace More Like A Book [abstract] by Ann Bartow [faculty profile] of the University of South Carolina School of Law [official website]From the Abstract: "Authors, content distributors and users all make decisions within a familiar longstanding [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti's Frey Lecture on Intellectual Property - "Comments on the Moral Imperative" - delivered at Duke Law School [official website] Monday is now available from Duke Law in streaming video. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund [official website] has released a new report on racial profiling [press release] in the United States. From the Executive Summary: "Before September 11, polls showed that Americans of all races and ethnicities believed racial profiling to be both widespread and unacceptable.... [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Thursday sentenced former Bosnian Serb President Bijlana Plavsic to 11 years in prison for what it described as "a crime of the utmost gravity, involving a campaign of ethnic separation which resulted in the death of thousands and the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Children's TV icon Fred Rogers [profile] died Thursday here in Pittsburgh at the age of 74. More details on MisterRogers.org and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Many lawyers and law students recall Mr. Rogers from their youth, but only a few may remember the significant legal role he played nineteen [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The latest issue of the University of Southern California Law Review [official website] is now available online. Articles include:Private Justiceby Pamela Bucy [faculty profile] of the University of Alabama School of Law [official website]. From the paper: "This Article addresses the tool of private justice. "Private justice" occurs when [read more]

08:02 EDT

New and interesting papers on SSRN Thursday include:Envisioning A Global Legal Culture [abstract]by Charles Koch [faculty profile] of William and Mary School of Law [official website].From the Abstract: "This paper envisions a global legal culture. This global legal culture will interact with the national legal cultures and will fundamentally change [read more]

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