Legal news from Friday, December 3, 2004
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] A majority of the Senate has voted in favor of the Sept. 11 intelligence bill, although AP is reporting that the vote is not over yet. [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Friday that the US Interior Department does not have to disconnect its computers from the Internet despite the possibility of tampering by hackers. The dispute arose regarding the security of a US Interior Department website that contains information [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, John Thwaites, Minister of the Environment for the state of Victoria in Australia, has announced that he will be calling on the national Environment and Heritage Protection Council (EHPC) to adopt a plan that would require large emitters to report their greenhouse gas emissions [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] KGW-TV in Portland is reporting that Washington state Democrats have said they will pay for a full statewide hand recount of the ballots cast in the November Washington governor's race, which Republican Dino Rossi won on the night by 261 votes, but by only 42 votes after a machine [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday signed into law H.R. 1350, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 [PDF] (IDEA), designed among other things to ensure that students with disabilities will have special education teachers with the skills and training to teach special education and their subject area. The President's remarks [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court announced at midday Friday that it would hear appeals from the Federal Communications Commission and the cable industry on whether broadband services that offer computer users high-speed links to the Internet via cable are an "information service" subject to minimal regulation by federal or local [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's corporations and securities law news, the Canadian unit of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) will pay Canadian regulators $1.5 million Canadian to settle allegations it improperly traded shares of BCE, Canada's biggest phone company. This is the second-largest fine given by Market Regulation Services, Canada's stock market [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has resigned from his post. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] BBC News is reporting that the Ukrainian Supreme Court has invalidated the disputed presidential election poll and ordered fresh elections.11:21 AM ET - Ukraine Channel 5 is broadcasting live video from Kyiv of crowds in the main square celebrating the ruling. They can be heard to chant "Yushchenko", the [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Orange County, CA, has reached a settlement with 87 victims over alleged clergy abuse that is larger than the $85 million settlement agreed to by the Boston Archdiocese last year. The terms of the agreement reached Thursday were not released under an order by Los [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A divided California Supreme Court has ruled that lawyers participating in cases that benefit the public, including those representing advocacy groups, should have their legal fees paid by defendants. In two 4-3 decisions, the court ruled Thursday that lawyers needed some incentive to bring cases that will likely result [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Four executives of German computer chipmaker Infineon Technologies have agreed to plead guilty to charges of participating in a price-fixing scheme, the Department of Justice reported Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, the four men, who include three Germans and one American, will serve up to six months [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former rebel leader Ramush Haradinaj is expected to be named Kosovo's prime minister as a new parliamentary session begins Friday, but a recent interview by UN war crimes investigators has prompted some question as to whether Haradinaj would be indicted for his role in the war with the former [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A former Serb military officer indicted for his role in the shelling of civilians in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war has surrendered and is being transported Friday to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said. Dragomir Milosevic was indicted in 1998, but [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] German police arrested three Iraqi men Friday for a suspected plot to assassinate Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi while he was visiting Germany. Chief Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm said the three were under surveillance, and police noticed an increase in suspicious activity that suggested the men were plotting [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US military panels reviewing the detention of 550 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay may use evidence obtained by torture in deciding whether the detainees are enemy combatants, the US government has said. Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle said the practice was allowed during a Thursday hearing at a [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Still wracked by an electoral crisis, the Ukrainian parliament Friday passed a resolution calling on outgoing President Leonid Kuchma to withdraw Ukraine's 1600-strong contingent of troops from Iraq. The resolution was supported by both pro-government and pro-opposition deputies. Under domestic political pressure other East European states have recently indicated [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, December 3.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.The [read more]

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