Legal news from Friday, March 7, 2003
22:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an official Message to Congress [text] Friday, President Bush ordered financial sanctions and an asset freeze against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and 76 associates, citing "the unusual and extraordinary threat posed to the foreign policy of the United States by the deterioration of Zimbabwe's democracy and the resulting [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter [text, WPD] to the Department of Defense General Counsel released Friday, the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [official website] said the new Pentagon draft instruction [PDF text] on crimes justiciable by military commissions could end up posing a danger to US military [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Republican Policy Committee has posted a background paper on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 [PDF text] (S. 3) scheduled to come up for consideration in the Senate on Monday, March 10. The bill amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit any physician or [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN has posted an official version of the new draft Resolution on Iraq [PDF text] presented at Friday's Security Council meeting by the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain. The draft presents Iraq with a March 17 deadline to cooperate fully with Security Council demands to rid [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday commended the Senate [Bush statement] for consenting to the ratification of the Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions, which President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed in Moscow on May 24, 2002. Read the full text of the treaty. [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter Friday to The Guardian newspaper in the UK, 16 professors of international law from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and Paris said there is "no basis in international law" for war against Iraq: The UN charter outlaws the use of force with only two exceptions: [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Recorded video of statements on Iraq made at Friday's Security Council meeting by UNMOVIC Chairman Dr. Hans Blix, IAEA head Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and representatives of Germany, the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom and Iraq is now available online from the UN. The UN has also [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A transcript of US Secretary of State Colin Powell's statement on Iraq at Friday's UN Security Council meeting is now online from the State Department. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A transcript of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin's statement on Iraq at Friday's UN Security Council meeting is now online from the French Embassy in Washington, DC. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter sent Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee leadership, American Bar Association President Arthur Carleton Jr. registered the ABA' s opposition to an international task force proposal that would require lawyers to report to a government enforcement agency information of "suspicious" activities relating to possible money laundering [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The full text of Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei's Friday report to the UN Security Council on Iraq's compliance with Security Council Resolution 1441 is now online from IAEA. [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The full text of Dr. Hans Blix's Friday report to the UN Security Council on Iraq's compliance with Security Council Resolution 1441 is now online from UNMOVIC. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] New and interesting papers Friday on SSRN include: Authorship Without Ownership: Reconsidering Incentives in a Digital Age [abstract]by Diane Zimmerman [faculty profile] of New York University School of Law [official website]From the Abstract: "This article examines some of the proposed alternatives that would radically restructure the relationship between authors [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Duke Law School has posted streaming video of a presentation [Duke press release] by Peter Irons of the University of California - San Diego and Eric Muller of the University of North Carolina School of Law entitled Looking Like the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment Cases in Perspective [recorded [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UNMOVIC Chairman Dr. Hans Blix is now reporting to the UN Security Council on Iraq's compliance with Security Council Resolution 1441. JURIST's Paper Chase is carrying live video of his report and the debate that will follow. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Associated Press is reporting that two of Osama Bin Laden's sons have been arrested in southeastern Afghanistan in a joint operation involving US forces, according to Pakistan provincial home minister Sanaullah Zehri speaking in a telephone interview.UPDATE [2:38 PM ET]: This story in now being denied by US [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Underneath its coverage of President Bush's Thursday evening press conference on Iraq [transcript], the White House website Friday highlights a new issue page on Judicial Nominations, now featuring the President's comments reacting to Thursday's defeat of the cloture motion to stop the Democratic filibuster of Miguel Estrada's nomination to [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The University of Pennsylvania Law School [official website] hosted a symposium Thursday on terrorism and the US Constitution, featuring law professors and lawyers addressing issues involving criminal procedure, immigration, First Amendment law and human rights. Friday's Daily Pennsylvanian reports. Percy Luney, dean of the new Florida A&M University College [read more]

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