Legal news from Thursday, March 6, 2003
22:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council meets [Security Council schedule] Friday to receive UNMOVIC Chairman Dr. Han Blix's latest report on weapons inspections pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1441. The UN webcast of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM ET Friday, and JURIST's Paper Chase will carry it [read more]

22:03 EDT

[JURIST] ACLU v. Ashcroft [PDF opinion] (March 6, US Third Circuit Court of Appeals [official website]). A panel of the Court upheld a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act [text], restricting minors' access to harmful websites. Judge Leonard Garth wrote: "The District Court did not abuse [read more]

22:03 EDT

[JURIST] UNMOVIC Chairman Dr. Hans Blix discusses the progress and problems of Iraq weapons inspections ahead of Friday's scheduled UN Security Council meeting in this Thursday report from UN Radio . If inspections fail and war comes, however, evacuation plans are in place and Blix's teams can be out in [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The National Lawyers Guild [advocacy website] announced Thursday that seventy-four law professors have filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs' appeal in the Doe v. Bush war powers lawsuit which was initially dismissed in US District Court in Boston on February 24. Read the brief [PDF text] [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] Columbia Law School has posted streaming video of two recent lectures on legal aspects of the war on terror delivered as part of its Spring 2003 Columbia Goes to War [speaker series overview] special lecture series on Public International Law. Watch Jose Alvarez consider The UN's War on Terrorism [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] New York monitoring group Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said Thursday in a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the United States has no legal basis for continuing to hold captured Taliban soldiers at Guantanamo Bay. Read the HRW letter and covering press release. The letter comes [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property held a hearing Thursday on "Copyright Piracy Prevention and the Broadcast Flag." Witness statements are now available from the Subcommittee website. [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing Thursday on the revived Balanced Budget Amendment [H.J. Res. 22 text]. Witness statements are now available form the Subcommittee website. [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Remarks by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy (successfully) opposing cloture in the filibuster of the Miguel Estrada nomination Thursday are now available online from his office. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch has also released a statement. [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wednesday's US Supreme Court rulings upholding the constitutionality of California's "three strikes" sentencing law (Ewing v. California [decision syllabus] and Lockyer v. Andrade [decision syllabus]) are dissected today by law professors Jeff Cooper [Cooped Up post] of Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis and David Wagner [Ninomania post] of [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois General Assembly Judiciary Committee approved by 8-4 Thursday a controversial bill that would abolish the Illinois death penalty. Illinois took the death penalty spotlight earlier this year when outgoing Governor George Ryan commuted to life imprisonment the death sentences of all the prisoners on Illinois death row. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] met with reporters at the UN Thursday in advance of Friday's scheduled Security Council meeting on Iraq, where chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix will give an updated report on Iraq's compliance with Security Council Resolution 1441. Watch streaming video of the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Commerce and Justice Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee [official website] held a hearing Thursday on projected US Department of Justice spending for fiscal year 2004. Attorney General John Ashcroft was scheduled to testify. Earlier Thursday the DOJ auditor released the Department's 2002 Performance and Accountability Report [text]. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush reacted harshly Thursday to the defeat of the cloture motion [JURIST report] to stop the Democratic filibuster on the judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada. "Miguel Estrada is a well-qualified nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals who has been waiting nearly two years for an up or [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] held a hearing Wednesday on "The War Against Terrorism: Working Together to Protect America." Witnesses included Attorney General John Ashcroft, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Streaming video of the full hearing and prepared statements of the witnesses and [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Mary Jo White [attorney profile], the former US District Attorney for the Southern District of New York who led prosecutions in a string of high-profile terrorism cases between 1993 and 2002, discussed civil rights and the fight against terrorism February 28 as part of the Harvard Law School Saturday [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawrence Solum [Legal Theory blog]of Loyola Law School Los Angeles reflects on "Just War" theory and Iraq [Legal Theory post], and also posts his regular Thursday run-down of law school faculty workshops [Legal Theory post]. Tung Yin of the University of Iowa College of Law has some thoughts on [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Republicans Thursday fell five votes short (55 of the requisite 60) of invoking cloture on the Democratic filibuster of the nomination of Miguel Estrada [official profile] to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Learn more about cloture [backgrounder] from the US Senate. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Reviving an initiative it sustained for over thirty years between 1938 and 1969, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law [official website] has announced that it will offer evening classes beginning in the fall of 2004. The SMU Daily Campus has the story, and SMU Law School provides a [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST's Paper Chase will be coming back to life over the course of Thursday. Most of the format changes have been made and the technical bugs worked out, but your continued patience is appreciated. [read more]

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