Legal news from Wednesday, November 10, 2004
21:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the Pennsylvania-based souvenir firm the Franklin Mint settled a $25 million malicious prosecution suit out of court Wednesday. The Mint had sued the Diana Fund for $25 million in November 2002 claiming that the Fund had tried to stop it from [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, the Washington DC City Council yesterday rejected a bill that would have barred railroads from transporting hazardous materials on the district's rail lines. While many hazmat loads have been routed around DC since September 11, 2001, a complete ban by the city officials may [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] In an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday afternoon President Bush confirmed that he has nominated White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as US Attorney General. Initial word of the nomination came from White House sources talking to Associated Press this morning [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys of the Northern District of Illinois found two US-based Islamic charities liable for damages Wednesday in the 1996 shooting death in Israel of an American teenager, David Boim. Keys held Texas-based Holy Land Foundation and the Islamic Association for Palestine liable for knowingly aiding Hamas, [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Wednesday posted on its website a public letter from outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft entitled "Farewell to the American People". In the letter, Ashcroft says he accomplished what he set out to accomplish during his tenure, leaving what he described as a "safer and [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Juror No.5, the foreman, has been dismissed from the jury in the Scott Peterson case. This is the second juror to be dismissed in the past two days. The Modesto Bee recently reported that the foreman, who is both a doctor and an attorney, looked "distraught, his face flushed [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Islamic judge ruled on Wednesday that Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat's life support system must not be switched off. Arafat is currently clinging to life in a Paris hospital. Burial preparations have already begun. Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, chief Palestinian religious judge, arrived in Paris to rule on the [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The WTO sided with the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, ruling that US legislation that criminalizes online gambling is in violation of global trade law. In a 287-page report released Wednesday, the WTO concluded that the US inconsistently applied gaming law so as to prejudice foreign countries, in [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Martha Stewart Omnimedia Inc. announced Martha Stewart has asked the company to reimburse her for $3.7 million in legal bills. Stewart, who is currently appealing her conviction for lying to investigators about a stock sale, is serving five-month prison sentence in West [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Alfred Delucchi dismissed a juror in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial on Tuesday night over signs of misconduct. Frances Gorman, 58, was dismissed amid reports that she had conducted an independent investigation of the case. The jury, which had been deliberating since November 3, will now have to [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that White House sources have said that President Bush will select White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as US attorney general. Read the official biography on Gonzales. JURIST's Paper Chase has more coverage on Gonzales.11:53 AM ET - The Washington Post has this [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Bosnian Serb government apologized for the first time Wednesday to family members and friends of the roughly 8,000 Muslims killed in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. The government issued a statement in which it said it "sympathizes with the pain of relatives of the Srebrenica victims and expresses [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Scottish Executive Wednesday unanimously approved a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. Anti-tobacco and medical groups had urged the ban, claiming that voluntary measures currently in place were ineffective. Similar to those already adopted in Ireland, Norway and parts of the US, the ban will be enforced [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Chesapeake Bay Foundation filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to force the agency to take action on nitrogen entering the bay and harming animals. According to the environmental group, nitrogen entering the watershed from a variety of sources, such as manure runoff from farms [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The late Tuesday announcement of Attorney General John Ashcroft's resignation (previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase) prompted differing responses Tuesday and Wednesday from interest groups and lawmakers around the country, reflecting a sometimes divisive reign as the country's top law enforcement official. The conservative American Center for Law and [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese police raided the El-Geer refugee camp near Nyala Wednesday morning, just one day after the signing of a peace accord between the government and rebel forces. The assault took place in front of African Union officials present to monitor the humanitarian conditions of the camp and only hours [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN and France Wednesday began evacuations of personnel on peacekeeping missions in the Ivory Coast after a week of violence left at least 27 dead and more than 900 injured. The UN and France have at least 10,000 peacekeepers in the West African nation to maintain a year-old [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Rauhi Fattouh, will temporarily fill the post of president of the Palestinian Authority should Yasser Arafat die, Palestinian leaders confirmed Wednesday. Current Palestinian law (Article 54(2) of the Palestinian Basic Law) calls for the speaker to hold the position until elections can be [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, November 10.The US Supreme Court hears 10 AM ET arguments in two cases today. In the first, Illinois v. Caballes (case summary from Duke Law School), the Court will determine whether the Fourth [read more]

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