Legal news from Tuesday, November 23, 2004
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Updating an earlier story on JURIST's Paper Chase, a federal judge late Tuesday denied the request of third-party candidates for a full recount of Ohio presidential ballots before the state had certified the election results. Judge James G. Carr in Toledo wrote that he sees no reason why the [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that media conglomerate Viacom has agreed to pay a record $3.5 million to settle FCC allegations of indecency on its radio and television stations.6:15 PM ET - The complete FCC order [PDF] is now available online. Read an FCC press release [PDF]. Statements from the commissioners [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysia's second-highest court has upheld a teacher's decision to expel three Muslim boys for wearing turbans to school. The ruling overturns an earlier ruling that any school's ban on turbans violated the right to freedom of religion. The Court of Appeal judge Gopal Sri Ram held courts have no [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two third-party presidential candidates have filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court in Toledo to force a recount in Ohio. The candidates are not interested in overturning President Bush's victory but instead are concerned with continuing reports of voter irregularities. Dan Trevas, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The EU has delayed a vote to take place later this week on a proposed law governing when patents can be obtained for technological developments after Poland expressed some reservation over whether to support the law. The law, known as the software patent directive, seeks to establish uniformity on [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The judge who will rule on whether to suspend an EU antitrust order against Microsoft pending its appeal has called a meeting between the parties for Thursday after two supporters of the EU case withdrew. Judge Bo Vesterdorf called the closed-door meeting to discuss "procedural matters," but sources suggested [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A retired judge appointed to handle the dispute of election results in the San Diego mayor's race said he will not order the count certain flawed write-in ballots and will not stop the results from being certified. In the election dispute, incumbent Mayor Dick Murphy leads city Councilwoman Donna [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on an international story reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase, Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko appeared before opposition members of parliament Tuesday and declared himself president in the wake of a disputed election. Yuschenko read the oath of office before a 200,000-strong crowd of supporters gathered outside [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's former driver and alleged al Qaeda member, have asked the US Supreme Court to hear their challenge to the government's strategy in holding military commissions for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In a ruling handed down earlier this month, US District Judge [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, American International Group Inc. (AIG) announced it has submitted a settlement offer to the SEC and reached an agreement with the Department of Justice over an investigation into the financial services company's dealings with PNC Financial Services Group and Brightpoint Inc. The [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Presenting the legislative agenda for the 2004-2005 session of Parliament, the British government has pledged to introduce "legislation to increase security for all." In the Queen's speech, read Tuesday morning, proposals to create a "British FBI," introduce a national ID card system and extend the taking of DNA samples [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Conference on Iraq opened Tuesday in Egypt, addressing security concerns, election procedures, and the insurgency problems the fledgling democracy faces. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the world to support the election process in Iraq, as well as speed up the actual production of the $30 billion [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Reacting to a new report concluding that federal enforcement of civil rights laws declined sharply during the Bush administration, a Justice Department spokesman has said that "this administration believes in and has vigorously enforced the criminal civil rights laws." The study, released by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Interim Defense Minister Hazim Shaalan told Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Tuesday that Saddam Hussein will go on trial for crimes against humanity before the end of the year. Shaalan also said that the deteriorating security situation in Iraq was impeding the collection of evidence against Saddam and other [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] In response to last week's assassination of a top Venezuelan prosecutor, President Hugo Chavez has ordered government ministries to urgently devise and implement a plan to combat terrorism. Former police inspector Ivan Simonovis has been detained in the investigation of the assassination of Danilo Anderson, who was prosecuting a [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild have filed a class action suit against New York city officials, saying the officials violated the constitutional rights of protestors by orchestrating massive arrests and detentions during the Republican National Convention. Initially [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, signatories of the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer meet this week to discuss the progress that has been made in the reduction of ozone depleting substances (ODS). It is expected that at least 17 developed countries will ask for [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Congress has approved a program that creates a federal copyright enforcement czar, as part of the omnibus spending bill passed over the weekend. Under the new legislation, the president can appoint a copyright law enforcement officer to coordinate federal agencies responsible for administering intellectual property law and law enforcement [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Three UN workers who were kidnapped in Afghanistan while helping to conduct the recent Afghan presidential election were released unharmed Tuesday morning. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the hostage-takers had said they would release the UN workers in exchange for the release of 26 Afghan prisoners, some [read more]

05:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, November 23.The US House and Senate are in recess. The US House will reconvene on Monday, December 6 at 2 PM. The US Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:30 AM.US [read more]

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