Legal news from Thursday, November 18, 2004
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] A jury found former South Carolina lieutenant governor Earle Morris guilty of 22 counts of securities fraud Thursday. While Morris was chairman of Carolina Investors he told investors to keep their money with the company even though he knew it was going under. Carolina Investors subsequently went through the [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters said Thursday during an intellectual property conference [PDF] at the John Marshall School of Law that Congress would not enact the Inducing Infringement Copyrights Act [PDF], also known as the Induce Act, before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Act is Congress’ attempt at confronting [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have unanimously chosen Senator Arlen Specter to be chairman next year. Specter's chairmanship had been in doubt after the GOP moderate warned Bush against nominations based solely on a judge's conservatism or opposition to abortion rights, suggesting that confirmation of such nominees would [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice has released its final report [PDF] on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The fund, created by Congress to offer families and injured survivors a faster alternative to litigation, attracted 2880 out of a possible 2973 death claims and a further 2680 injury claims. [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The traditional British fox hunt is to be banned after the House of Commons Thursday invoked the rarely-used Parliament Act of 1949 to force through the ban over the opposition of the House of Lords. Labour party Ministers had proposed an amendment to delay the ban until summer 2006, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The first divorce in Chilean history took place Thursday as the country's new marital code went into effect, replacing the code that had been in force since 1884. Until the passage of law No. 19947, Chile was one of only two democracies in the world not to allow divorce; [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The World Trade Organization has entered an interim verdict against an EU effort to prevent food manufacturers from using European regional names - such as Champagne and Parma - to market copycat versions of more than 600 wines, cheeses, meats, and other food products that originated in Europe. Unlike [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Enron Corp. has closed the $2 billion sale of its interest in three natural gas pipelines to CCE Holdings LLC, a joint venture of Southern Union Co. and GE Commercial Finance Energy Financial Services. The sale was approved in September by US [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian authorities Thursday arrested a manager at a key subsidiary of Yukos on charges of embezzling $766,000 which was disguised as charitable contributions. Also today, the Prosecutor General's office announced the issuance of an international arrest warrant for Yukos lawyer Nikolai Gololobov on charges of misappropriating billions of rubles [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration is planning an overhaul of the tax code with an eye toward drastically cutting or even eliminating outright taxes on savings and investment, according to Thursday's Washington Post. The plans are unlikely to include a flat tax or a national sales tax which were raised as [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that according to Republican Party sources, Senator Arlen Specter is drafting a written pledge that as the new head of the Senate Judiciary Committee he would provide timely hearings and quick votes for Bush judicial nominees. [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday unanimously dismissed two lawsuits which accused gunmakers of knowingly allowing their weapons to fall into criminal hands. The two Illinois lawsuits, filed by the city of Chicago and victims of gun violence, had accused Smith & Wesson, Beretta USA Corp., Sturm Ruger & Co. [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Providence television reporter, Jim Taricani of NBC'sw WJAR-TV, was convicted of criminal contempt Thursday for refusing to reveal a source who gave him an FBI videotape showing a city official taking a bribe. Taricani, who faces up to six months in prison, broke no laws by repeatedly airing [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government announced Thursday that it will release almost 4000 prisoners who may have been wrongly imprisoned by the recently disbanded National Intelligence Bureau. State radio said Thursday that the prisoners would be released after a conclusion was made "that the National Intelligence Bureau may have used irregular [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Weighing in on the debate over changes to the federal sentencing guidelines, the Justice Department has suggested that minimum sentences should remain the same but that judges should be given the flexibility to give longer sentences, up the maximum as defined by Congress. The US Sentencing Commission held two [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Thursday that governments must consult with the Assembly of First Nations before developing land that aboriginal groups claim to own, but that governments need not receive consent before using land. The Court said that the duty of consultation applied even if title [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] In an attempt to resolve division among UN member states, Italy has put forth a compromise proposal for a global treaty on human cloning. The UN General Assembly's Legal Committee (the Sixth Committee) has been debating two proposals, one from Costa Rica that would ban all human cloning, and [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council officially opened for business Thursday outside of its New York City headquarters for only the fourth time in its history. The Council meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, began with an empassioned plea by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that there was "no time to waste" in settling [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he doesn't intend to change the Russian constitution or take more power for the presidency when reforming Russia's government structure. Putin said proposals in his reform package, which includes replacing elected governors with Kremlin nominees and moving to party-list elections to parliament, [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament voted 449-149 (with 82 abstentions) Thursday to approve the slate of incoming EU Commissioners as put forth by new Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Barroso withdrew his original slate of commissioners from consideration by the European Parliament after Rocco Buttiglione, who was nominated for the EU [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 18.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will convene at 9:30 AM ET. Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US House will convene at 10 AM ET. Watch a live webcast (via [read more]

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