Legal news from Monday, December 13, 2004
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in Redwood City, California, has recommended that Scott Peterson be sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son Conner. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi will formally sentence Peterson on February 25. CourtTV provides background on the Peterson case. 5:10 PM ET - [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge confirmed Monday that 28 Italian police officers will face trial in connection with violence against anti-globalization protestors at the 2001 G8 Summit in Genoa. One protestor was killed and hundreds of protestors and police were injured in rioting . Senior officers are accused of lying, slander [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that jurors in the Scott Peterson trial have reached a decision on his sentence, which will be announced at 4:30 PM ET (1:30 PM PT). [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A hearing by the US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Monday on disputed ballots in the Puerto Rico gubernatorial race drew protestors calling for no federal intervention in the election. The 1st Circuit will decide whether Puerto Rico's Supreme Court (in Spanish) or a US district court in San [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush nominated Environmental Protection Agency chief Mike Leavitt Monday to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Leavitt, a former three-term governor of Utah, stepped into the EPA role in 2003, and much of his work has focused on crafting new air pollution regulations. [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Two more Afghan detainees have died while in US custody, and the US failed to properly investigate a third death this fall, Human Rights Watch charged Monday in an open letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. According to HRW's report, detainee deaths in 2002 and 2003 went unreported, [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Activist groups Monday made a last-minute request for the Ohio Supreme Court to review the state's presidential election results as members of the Electoral College were scheduled to cast their votes in meetings in Ohio and across the country. The challengers, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Alliance [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Six Army reservists have been court-martialed for salvaging parts and vehicles abandoned in Kuwait for a fuel delivery mission in Iraq, AP reported Monday. News of the court-martials comes shortly after Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was questioned by a soldier last week about why some units in Iraq [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has joined opposition leaders in rejecting a call for a national referendum on same-sex marriage in the wake of Thursday's Supreme Court of Canada ruling (reported in JURIST's Paper Chase) that opened the way for federal legislation legalizing the unions. Maverick Alberta Premier Ralph [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a judge has indicted former Chilean president General Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations.11:50 AM ET - BBC News is now reporting that the former leader has been put under house arrest. From Santiago, El Mercurio has more (in Spanish).3:30 PM ET - A full [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court handed down four rulings Monday on its last decision day of 2004. In Florida v. Nixon, the Court ruled that an accused Florida man was not due a new trial even though his lawyer had conceded his guilt without his consent. Read the opinion here. [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson has ruled against sanctioning Global Crossing founder Gary Winnick with a fine or charges in an unusual move that saw him side with two other commissioners in voting against the recommendation of an SEC staff panel. A settlement with Global Crossing on [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Oral arguments due to take place Monday afternoon before a full bench of the US Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals were cancelled Sunday night as a Unocal spokeman announced the settlement of a lawsuit against the oil company in connection with slave labor, rape, and forced relocation in connection [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of Russian rights activists allied with both liberal and communist groups rallied in Moscow Sunday to mark the country's Constitution Day and protest what they see as an undemocratic and dangerous centralization of power by the Kremlin. Not coincidentally, Sunday was also marked by President Vladimir Putin's signing [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Oracle Corporation announced Monday that it has signed a $10.3 billion dollar merger deal with PeopleSoft, ending an 18-month hostile takeover bid plagued with legal challenges. Read the Oracle press release on the merger here. Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase:Corporations & securities brief: Oracle likely to win PeopleSoft takeover [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army spokesman said Monday that eight former top aides to Saddam Huseein were taking meals again after having conducted a hunger strike over the weekend. AFP quotes a lawyer for former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan as saying that "My client, who I met for the [read more]

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