Legal news from Monday, March 17, 2003
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard has announced that Australian troops will join a US-led war against Iraq. Read a transcript of his news conference Tuesday morning in Canberra, as published in the Sydney Morning Herald. On the legality of military action, Prime Minister Howard said: The action that might [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Watch recorded video of President Bush's Monday evening address to the nation on Iraq, now available from the White House. The President issued an ultimatum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face military action. President Bush defended the legality of [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to the Department of Homeland Security website, the US terror alert level has been raised to High/Orange. UPDATE [8:56 PM ET]: A statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announcing the heightened alert and setting out the basics of "Operation Liberty Shield," described as "a comprehensive national plan [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] A transcript of US Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarks to the press on Iraq earlier Monday is now available from the State Department. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has posted a transcript of remarks made by UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in the British House of Commons [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said in the House of Commons in Ottawa Monday that Canada will not join US and UK military action against Iraq [CTV] absent a new Security Council resolution. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] Monday charged the Merrill Lynch investment firm and four of its former senior executives with aiding and abetting securities fraud by Enron Corporation. Simultaneous with the filing of the charges, the SEC accepted a settlement under which Merrill Lynch, without admitting [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Watch recorded video of statements made by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and ambassadors from the United Kingdom , the United States , Germany and France after the end of Monday's Security Council consultations on Iraq. The session with the Secretary-General includes an agitated exchange with reporters on the question [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Ohio General Assembly Thursday enacted a proposal advanced by law professor Jack Chin and a group of students at the University of Cincinnati College of Law [official website] to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment - one hundred thirty-five years late. Learn more about the Fourteenth Amendment Ratification Project. Although [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A broad coalition of 68 groups ranging across the American political spectrum sent a collective letter Monday to members of Congress expressing their opposition to the Domestic Security Enhancement Act, a proposed follow-up to the USA PATRIOT Act revealed in confidential Justice Department documents on February 7 [JURIST report]. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Following advisories [JURIST report] from the United States, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced [UN News report] Monday afternoon that he was withdrawing UN weapons inspectors from Iraq. [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Wesleyan University has announced that Frederick G. Slabach, currently vice dean of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, will replace Richard Gershon as dean of the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law [official website] effective June 1. Texas Wesleyan has more details.... The University of Hawa'ii [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Recorded video of statements on Iraq made outside the UN Security Council earlier Monday by representatives of the United States , Spain , France and Pakistan is now online from the UN. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The BBC is reporting that Robin Cook, the UK government's leader in the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, has resigned over Iraq. UPDATE [3:53 PM ET]: Cook's resignation letter and Prime Minister Blair's letter in response are now available from the BBC.UPDATE [7:47 PM ET]: Recorded video [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US, the UK and Spain have withdrawn their second draft resolution at the UN and their diplomatic initiative is now at an end. Watch recorded video [BBC] of a statement by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British ambassador to the UN. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided an [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, said in a written statement to the House of Lords Monday that military action against Iraq was legal even in the absence an additional UN Resolution: "Authority to use force against Iraq exists from the combined effect of resolutions 678, 687 and 1441." Read [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin discussed the Iraq crisis and the US-UK-Spain diplomatic deadline Monday morning on French radio, indicating that France remained opposed to war and rejecting the latest draft resolution on Iraq tabled by the United States, Great Britain and Spain authorizing immediate use of force. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The British Embassy in Kuwait [official website] Monday issued "unequivocal advice to leave while commercial flights continue." The Embassy's latest warden notice to UK nationals in Kuwait continues: "people should go now: a decision to stay is entirely and solely the responsibility of the individual concerned...the travel advice notes [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ed Firmage of the University of Utah College of Law thinks invading Iraq is unconstitutional (notwithstanding the recent US First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Doe v. Bush). Read his op-ed in Monday's Salt Lake Tribune [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hear divergent views from a member of the UK House of Lords and a former UK Solicitor General, discussing the issue on BBC Radio Monday. [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] At a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors Monday in Vienna, IAEA Chairman Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei made the following announcement: Late last night...I was advised by the United States Government to pull out our inspectors from Baghdad. Similar advice has been given to the United Nations Monitoring, Verification [read more]

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