Legal news from Thursday, November 11, 2004
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bush administration solicitor general Theodore Olson told the conservative Federalist Society's National Convention in Washington Thursday that Bush nominees to the Supreme Court would likely face a "political firestorm" in the Senate. Olson predicted that the President could make as many as three appointments in his second term, [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, which four years ago rejected government plans to seize thousands of white-owned farms and turn them over to black Zimbabweans, has upheld a controversial law passed in 2002 to enable the government to expand farm seizures. The Independent Online has more. Human Rights Watch [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] With vote counts showing a slim victory for write-in candidate Donna Frye, a Democratic city councilwoman and local "surfer-activist," a lawsuit has been filed to declare her candidacy illegal and 124 local judges have been excused from hearing the case due to potential conflicts of interest. Presiding Judge John [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of FCC crackdowns on media outlets, several broadcasters have changed Veterans' Day programming and a North Carolina radio station has banned the phrase "reproductive rights". ABC stations owned by Cox Television, Citadel Communications, Belo Corp., Hearst-Argyle, E.W. Scripps, and others are refusing to air Saving Private [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, PeopleSoft executives have unanimously recommended its shareholders reject Oracle's $8.8 billion hostile takeover bid because the offer was too low. Oracle, upon learning of the news, said it was prepared to walk away from its bid. Read the PeopleSoft press release here [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Nigerian federal appeals court today blocked an upcoming general strike which would effectively shut down oil exports in the world's seventh largest exporter. Justice Tanko Mohammed Yusuf ruled that the main Nigeria Labor Congress "shall not embark on any strike from 16th of November 2004 or any day [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ralph Nader, who ran as an independent presidential candidate this year, has called for recounts of November 2 voting results. Nader says he want to ensure every ballot was counted amid growing allegations of irregularities. Nader is partiuclarly urging recounts in the hotly disputed states of Ohio and Florida, [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of early morning raids on the El Geer camp near Nyala in southern Darfur, Amnesty International is calling for the creation of an international body to monitor the Sudanese police. Amnesty will urge the UN Security Council in its meeting next week to find better ways [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers from the John Kerry presidential campaign are scrutinizing the results of voting in Ohio, especially the provisional ballots, to determine if any voting irregularities exist. Since President Bush is leading Kerry in the state by more than 136,000 votes with only 155,337 provisional ballots outstanding, the effort is [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Iowa Supreme Court has announced plans to begin disciplining the state's county prosecutors under the Court's Board of Ethics. Currently, an ethics committed of private Iowa County Attorneys Association handles complaints against prosecutors. However, this practice has come into question by recent actions which has led some Iowan [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a state law requiring candidates to reach a vote threshold in a primary election before appearing on the general election ballot violated "important constitutional rights that are central to the preservation of our democracy." Saying that the law served "no rational state [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Reaction to President Bush's nomination of White House Counsel, and former Texas Supreme Court Judge, Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as US Attorney General has been mixed, with most of the criticism citing Gonzales' role in setting administration policy on detaining and questioning people captured in the fight [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office has released its Human Rights Annual Report 2004, placing new emphasis on the denial of human rights by terrorist groups, not just governments. In introducing the report in London Wednesday, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said "in the past the gravest attacks on human [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lithuania became the first EU state to ratify the European Constitution on Thursday, when the Seimas, the Lithuanian Parliament, voted 84-4 (with 3 abstentions) to approve the international treaty. According to the process spelled out for ratification, all EU members must ratify the new constitution in 2005 and 2006. [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli police arrested nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu Thursday for allegedly revealing classified information. In April, Vanunu completed an 18-year prison sentence for leaking Israel's atomic weapons secrets. As part of the terms of his release, Vanunu was barred from meeting with foreigners and journalists and from discussing nuclear [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Thursday that the courts-martial of Sgt. Javal Davis, Spc. Sabrina Harman and Spc. Charles Graner, who all face charges in connection with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, will be transferred from Baghdad to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Read the official US Central Command [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Rauhi Fattouh, speaker of the Palestinian parliament, was sworn in Thursday to succeed Yasser Arafat as temporary president of the Palestinian Authority (website content has been replaced by a notice of Arafat's death). Under Article 54(2) of the Palestinian Basic Law, Fattouh will serve as caretaker president until elections [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 Thursday, November 11.Today is Veteran's Day, a US federal holiday. Federal courts and most state courts are closed.The US House and Senate are in recess until Tuesday, Nov. 16.The UN General Assembly's 51st plenary [read more]

03:11 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died early Thursday in a Paris hospital according to an official announcement. He was 75. Admired deeply by supporters but reviled by opponents, Arafat's passing ends a week of speculation over the leader's failing health after premature reports of his death circulated on Nov. 4. [read more]

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