Legal news from Friday, September 24, 2004
21:09 EDT

US District Judge Harold Baer Jr. Friday struck down a 1994 bootleg law banning the sale of bootleg recordings of live music. Judge Baer dismissed the indictment of a Manhattan business owner who sells bootleg recordings. The court held that the bootleg law was written in the "same spirit" as [read more]

20:09 EDT

House Republican leaders introduced broad legislation Friday in response to the 9/11 Commission Report recommendations. Touted as the most comprehensive effort yet to respond to the report, the proposed legislation affects law enforcement, immigration, border and security, and foreign policy. The legislation includes provisions that would make it easier to [read more]

20:09 EDT

Lee Boyd Malvo, the teenager in the Washington-area "sniper" killings, plans to drop all appeals of his first conviction and will admit guilt in a second killing. The plea bargain eliminates the possibility of a death sentence for these crimes. In 2002, Malvo and partner John Allen Muhammad killed 10 [read more]

20:09 EDT

Attorneys for Governor Jeb Bush stated Friday that he may appeal Thursday's decision by the Florida Supreme Court striking down "Terri's Law" (Florida House Bill 35-E ). The case began over a bitter family dispute regarding keeping Terri Schiavo - severely brain damaged 14 years ago and in a vegetative [read more]

16:09 EDT

Yusuf Islam, the British musician formally known as Cat Stevens, has declared that he will take legal action after the US denied him entry to the country earlier this week. On Tuesday, the FBI discovered that Islam was on a terrorism "watch list" and diverted his incoming flight from London [read more]

16:09 EDT

The US Navy announced Friday that it has charged three more personnel with abusing Iraqi prisoners. Those charged are members of an elite Navy SEAL unit. Earlier this month, four other members of the SEALs were charged with abusing prisoners in Iraq. The counts against the latest accused, as announced [read more]

15:09 EDT

US Bankruptcy Judge Eugene Wedoff granted an emergency motion Friday in favor of union machinists and flight attendants of United Airlines who are trying to block United from eliminating their pension programs. The granting of the motion ended a procedural dispute by striking United's Thursday filing that had described improvements [read more]

15:09 EDT

In a much-anticipated vote webcast live a few minutes ago on JURIST, California regulators have unanimously approved sweeping new rules designed to reduce auto emissions that create greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. The new regulations passed by the California Air Resource Board are expected to be adopted in many [read more]

14:09 EDT

Li Guoju, a Chinese gang leader convicted of selling more than 200 baby girls, has been executed in the city of Puyang, according to a story in China's Beijing Times. A Chinese court sentenced Guoju, along with other gang leaders, to death last July. Read about related death sentencings for [read more]

13:09 EDT

A sex trial of seven men slated to start Monday on Britain's remote Pacific colony of Pitcairn Island (official government website) is said by islanders and observers to have the potential to destroy a settlement first established over 200 years ago by mutineers from the ill-fated ship HMS Bounty, captained [read more]

13:09 EDT

Berlin officials Friday banned a march through the city by the extreme-right National Democratic Party (website in German; the German acronym for the party is NPD) that was scheduled for Saturday. According to a city interior minister, the party was being barred due to its use of "incitement to separate [read more]

13:09 EDT

In Friday's corporations and securities law news, the European Commission is set to approve the $7.7 billion hostile takeover bid by Oracle for rival software group PeopleSoft by next month. The Commission is still concerned about the impact of the takeover but felt it could not win a legal challenge [read more]

12:09 EDT

Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, one of four suspects at Guantanamo Bay charged with war crimes and the alleged accountant of Osama bin Laden, skipped a hearing Friday to review his detention status, which his attorney was barred from attending. It was not clear whether al Qosi's boycott was related [read more]

11:09 EDT

The California Air Resources Board is scheduled to vote Friday on controversial regulations aimed at reducing vehicle emissions responsible in part for global warming. Many other states have pledged to follow California's lead if it adopts the tighter standards. California is the only state that can set its own emissions [read more]

10:09 EDT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiar Zibari has said that the UN is dragging its feet in complying with a Security Council resolution requiring that it help Iraq prepare for elections slated for January. The Security Council passed Resolution 1546 (available here [PDF]) in June 2004, which mandated under that the UN [read more]

10:09 EDT

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency adopted Friday a resolution urging North Korea to give up its nuclear program as tensions in the region escalated in the wake of signs that the reclusive nation planned to test a ballistic missile. The agency's General Conference, made up of 137 member nations, [read more]

09:09 EDT

A Muslim lecturer in Virginia has been indicted based on alleged links to a jihad network broken up last year and his supposed support for violence against the US. Ali al-Timimi was charged Thursday by the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia with telling a group of [read more]

09:09 EDT

Friday's New York Times includes features about the Florida Supreme Court declaring that Gov. Jeb Bush violated separation of powers when he signed a law to keep Theresa Schiavo alive, the sticky problem of illegal immigration, Ali al-Timimi's indictment on charges that in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks [read more]

09:09 EDT

The Bush and Kerry campaigns have sought clarification from the Federal Election Commission on fund-raising rules to prepare for a potential ballot recount in the November elections. The Bush campaign, in a letter made public Wednesday, argued that fund-raising laws allowed unlimited contributions by individuals to a recount fund, as [read more]

08:09 EDT

CBC News is reporting that the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has ruled that same-sex marriages are legal, making it the sixth province to do so. CBC News has more on the case and background on same-sex marriage in Canada.UPDATE: A CBC News story on the ruling is now online. [read more]

08:09 EDT

Extradition proceedings are to begin next week in the case of three British bankers accused of involvement in a deal with former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow to skim millions off a deal with British bank NatWest. The three men, David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby, have disputed the US [read more]

08:09 EDT

Human Rights Watch called on the Indian government Friday to offer protection for witnesses and lawyers involved in a trial of Hindu extremists accused of killing 12 Muslims in a 2002 riot. According to a report by the human rights group, witnesses and lawyers in the trial have been threatened, [read more]

06:09 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, September 24th.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing at 9:30 AM ET to examine tax treaties with the Netherlands and Barbados.At the United Nations, the 59th session of [read more]

06:09 EDT

In Friday's US law and business press, the Legal Intelligencer notes that the PA Commonwealth Court has denied Ralph Nader's motion to be placed on the PA presidential ballot.... The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Wachovia Corp. will pay $5.5 million to settle allegations of compensation discrimination against female employees.... [read more]

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