Legal news from Monday, November 15, 2004
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council voted Monday evening to immediately impose an arms embargo on the Ivory Coast. As previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, the country is currently experiencing internal strife, and the vote is an effort to cut off the weapons supplies of both government and rebel forces. [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush has asked national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State. Current deputy national security advisor Stephen Hadley will become the President's new national security adviser. NBC has more. [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq deputy prime minister Barham Salih, the former Prime Minister of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, has suggested for the first time that democratic elections scheduled for January may have to be delayed due to the level of violence in the country. Salih said "[h]olding free [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department is reporting that the number of people sentenced to death in the United States reached a 30-year low in 2003. Last year, 144 inmates in 25 states were given the death penalty, which is not only 24 fewer than in 2002 but less than half [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Hungarian parliament has rejected a proposal to keep its 300 non-combat troops in Iraq until March 31, 2005. The troops were to stay in Iraq until December 31. The Socialist-led government wanted to extend the mission of the transport contingent serving since mid-2003 in Hillah, south of Baghdad, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch Monday called on the United Nations Security Council to act quickly to end ethnic cleansing in Sudan's Darfur region. The group is requesting an arms embargo and travel sanctions on Sudanese officials for their failure to disarm the Janjaweed militias. Six other aid agencies have also [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A report released Monday by the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) says that lawyers' contingent fees in medical malpractice cases are essential in preserving access to justice, and that proposed limitations being considered in Florida and elsewhere risk compromising the availability of the courts [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's corporations and securities law news, Dow Jones & Co. has settled a defamation suit with Australian mining magnate Joe Gutnick. The suit arose out of an online publication of a story which portrayed Gutnick as a schemer given to fraud. This is considered a groundmaking case in [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] American Express announced Monday that it is suing fellow credit card giants Visa and MasterCard, along with eight banks, alleging anticompetitive practices which prevented American Express from issuing credit cards through US banks. American Express said that it would seek damages "in the billions of dollars." In October, the [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor James McGreevey submitted his letter of resignation on Monday. The letter simply reads, "Dear Madam Secretary, I resign effective 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2004." Aides reported that McGreevey's last day in office was expected to be quiet. The governor is not expecting to grant [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Florida state judge issued an injunction Monday preventing a newly-approved constitutional amendment from coming into effect. Amendment 8, approved this month by 70 percent of voters, would cancel the license of any doctor who commits three acts of medical malpractice. The Florida Hospital Association sued to block the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that Boeing's former CFO has pleaded guilty to aiding in the illegal hiring of an Air Force official.12:10 PM ET - Former Boeing CFO Michael Sears pleaded guilty to a single count of aiding and abetting illegal employment negotiations. Boeing hired a top Air Force procurement [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday reversed the death sentence of a Texas man because jurors were not instructed to consider mitigating evidence when deliberating on the sentence. LaRoyce Lathair Smith was convicted of murdering a former co-worker during an attempted robbery at a Dallas Taco Bell. Read the court's [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has said that Ireland should give greater rights to same-sex couples. Ahern's comments come in response to a suit brought by a lesbian couple married in Canada seeking Irish recognition of their marriage. Last week, as reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, an Irish judge [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council meets Monday to consider a draft French resolution proposing sanctions against Cote d'Ivoire. The proposed sanctions include an arms embargo, travel restrictions on those actively violating the cease-fire, and the freezing of governmental assets. The region has been highly unstable in the last 10 days, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission is likely to file civil fraud charges this week against former Hollinger International chairman Conrad Black and former Hollinger president David Radler, according to a Monday Wall Street Journal report [subscription required]. In the lawsuit to be filed in federal court, the SEC [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Second Lt. Erick J. Anderson has been charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder for the shooting of a wounded Iraqi man, the US military said Monday. The military has been investigating whether Anderson gave permission to two soldiers to shoot an injured Iraqi man, whom [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] CNN is reporting that US Secretary of State Colin Powell has submitted his resignation.9:48 AM ET - Powell told aides Monday morning that he intends to resign from President Bush's cabinet and will leave once Bush decides on who will succeed him. AP has more.10:20 AM ET - AP [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of three former Kosovo Albanian rebels began Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. The three former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, Fatmir Limaj, Haradin Bala and Isak Musliu, are accused of participating in a joint criminal enterprise to target [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) opened a public consultation Monday on whether court proceedings in England and Wales should be broadcast. Additionally, a five-week trial installation of cameras will begin Tuesday in the Court of Appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where criminal appeals and [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's promise to suspend its uranium enrichment activities (see this report on JURIST's Paper Chase) will satisfy some demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to a confidential IAEA report. In the report, Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the UN watchdog agency, writes that all nuclear material declared by [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 Monday, November 15.The US Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a 12 PM ET hearing on Saddam Hussein's abuse of the UN Oil-for-Food program. Charles Duelfer, chief weapons inspector in [read more]

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