Law in the major papers ~ CIA's unreported detainees, FDA antidepressant documents withheld, overtime rules blocked, Eisner to leave Disney

Friday's New York Times includes reports that the CIA kept some detainees off prison rosters to hide them from the Red Cross inspectors, debates still rage over what to do about the soon-to-expire assault weapons ban, a federal appeals court in California ruled that federal regulators erred when they didn't return $2.8 billion to California electric customers, the chairman of a House committee accused the FDA of withholding documents on the effects of antidepressants on children, the TSA will pay out more than $1.5 million to passengers that claim their bags were pilfered during checks of luggage that have become routine at airports since the Sept. 11 attacks, Michael Eisner will leave the Walt Disney company in 2006 when his contract expires, a federal judge ruled that Oracle, the nation's second-largest software company, could proceed with its hostile bid for PeopleSoft, handing the Justice Department a rare legal defeat, US Airways seems certain to file for bankruptcy on Sunday, and Dupont has agreed to settle a lawsuit for contamination of water in West Virginia with byproducts of Teflon production.

The Washington Post notes that New York Times telephone records have been subpoenaed in a second CIA identity leak case, the House voted 223 to 193 Thursday to block the Bush administration's new overtime eligibility rules, and a powerful lobby is being supported by crime victims urging Congress to pass the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act, which would fund DNA testing of evidence from the cases of convicted murderers and rapists.

USA Today highlights a surveillance system planned for Chicago that uses 2,000 remote-control cameras and motion-sensing software to spot crimes or terrorist acts as they happen, Cracker Barrel agreeing to an $8.7 million settlement to resolve all lawsuits that accused the restaurant chain of segregating blacks in the smoking section, and a third federal judge ruling laws on partial-birth abortions are unconstitutional.

 

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