Legal news from Monday, October 4, 2004
21:10 EDT

Despite a 7-0 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, a spokeman for Florida governor Jeb Bush said Monday that the governor plans to ask the court to reconsider its finding that a law designed to keep a brain-damaged woman, Terri Schiavo, alive is unconstitutional. The court held in September that [read more]

20:10 EDT

US Brigadier General Martin Lucenti, the deputy commander of the unit that runs the Guantanamo Bay military base, is quoted in Tuesday's Financial Times as saying that the United States does not have enough evidence to prosecute all of the prisoners at the facilty and that he expected most to [read more]

20:10 EDT

Judge Philippe Kirsch, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan signed an agreement Monday governing the relationship between their institutions. The agreement provides for an exchange of representatives, gives the ICC observer status in the UN General Assembly, allows the use of the UN free [read more]

17:10 EDT

In Monday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC is considering bringing charges against American International Group, Inc. (AIG) over three company press releases which included false and misleading statements about the company's involvement with PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. AIG is already facing a possible lawsuit by the SEC [read more]

16:10 EDT

US authorities Monday announced charges against Saajid Badat, a British citizen who allegedly conspired with al-Qaida member Richard Reid to use shoe bombs to blow up airplanes. A federal grand jury indictment charges Badat with attempted murder, trying to destroy an aircraft and other counts related to the alleged conspiracy [read more]

16:10 EDT

Nine foreign terrorist suspects being held indefinitely without charge in Britain challenged the UK's Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act in the House of Lords Monday. The suspects, who have been held for up to three years, say that it is illegal under European human rights standards for the British government [read more]

15:10 EDT

The US Supreme Court heard two hours of arguments Monday afternoon on whether federal sentencing guidelines that allow judges to impose harsher penalties on criminals without jury involvement should be upheld as constitutional. Acting Solicitor General Paul Clement argued that criminal defendants' constitutional rights were not breached because judges are [read more]

15:10 EDT

Poland's defense minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski announced Monday that his country will withdraw its troops from Iraq by the end of 2005 on the expiration of authorizations granted by UN Security Council Resolution 1546 [PDF]. However, Prime Minister Marek Belka said he had not been consulted on the remarks and would [read more]

14:10 EDT

While a federal judge reviewed evidence behind a conspiracy charge in the case, jury selection was delayed Monday in the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who is facing charges that he tried to defraud Medicaid with others in 1999, his first year in office. Siegelman, whose re-election bid [read more]

13:10 EDT

Four US soldiers were charged Monday with murder and dereliction of duty in the death of an Iraqi general during questioning last November. The four Army soldiers face life in prison if convicted. Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush was asphyxiated by chest compression on November 26, 2003, around the [read more]

13:10 EDT

The prosecution of a Dutch soldier charged with negligently causing the death of an Iraqi civilian ended Monday with the prosecutor requesting a six month suspended sentence for Sergeant Major Eric Overvoorde. Overvoorde reportedly fired three warning shots when he believed his unit to be in jeapordy from an increasingly [read more]

13:10 EDT

The Justice Department released a report Monday from the Inspector General's office providing the first detailed account of the allocation of FBI resources following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The report generally shows the FBI's movement of resources toward anti-terrorism efforts, while cutting back on drug enforcement and the prosecution [read more]

13:10 EDT

The first page of what is believed to be the draft of the original 1836 Texas constitution went on display Monday at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. The document was found three years ago, hidden among papers in a box labelled "miscellaneous 19th-century papers." Read the [read more]

12:10 EDT

In Monday's environmental law news, the EPA has removed the infamous Love Canal site in Niagara County, New York from the Superfund National Priorities List. The Love Canal area was a site for hazardous waste dumping from 1942-1952, after which the waste was covered by dirt and houses were constructed [read more]

11:10 EDT

According to Iraqi intelligence documents obtained by CNSNews.com, Saddam Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction and had ties with several terror organizations. The group of documents were confiscated by US forces and, according to the source of the documents, have not been made public yet due the government's translation [read more]

10:10 EDT

An estimated 100,000 protestors gathered in central Seoul Monday to rally against calls for the abolition of South Korea's National Security Law. President Roh Moo-hyun, a former human rights lawyer, has called for the abolition of the law, which bans praise for, or open sympathy with, anti-state groups (an offense [read more]

10:10 EDT

The US Supreme Court refrained from granting certiorari in any new cases on the first day of its 2004 term Monday. Prominent among the cases the Court declined to hear were American Teleservices Association v. FTC, where telemarketing groups challenged the federal do-not-call registry (AP has more) and Moore v. [read more]

10:10 EDT

Three Saudi advocates of democratic reform refused to participate in a Monday court hearing after the hearing was closed to the public. The three men were arrested in March and face charges of sowing dissent, creating political instability, printing political leaflets and using the media to incite people against the [read more]

09:10 EDT

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, a group of lawyers, jurists and legal researchers, has said that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan violates Israel's Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom, and infringes on property rights, freedom of movement and freedom to demonstrate. The group is [read more]

09:10 EDT

Cambodia's National Assembly voted unanimously Monday to set up a UN-backed tribunal that will put leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Five judges, three of whom will be Cambodian legal experts, will sit in the trial court and cases will be decided [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, October 4.The US Supreme Court's 2004 term begins today with 10 AM ET oral arguments in Kansas v. Colorado (case summary from Duke Law School), where the court will consider exceptions filed by Kansas [read more]

05:10 EDT

In Monday's US law and business press, the New York Law Journal reports that federal judges, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys will be closely watching the US Supreme Court as arguments begin today on the future of the federal sentencing guidelines.... The Texas Lawyer reports on a snag in a [read more]

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