Legal news from Friday, January 7, 2005
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking Friday in Michigan at the end of a three-day policy campaign dedicated to tort reform, President Bush called for a halt to asbestos lawsuits that he said have bankrupted companies and resulted in dramatic cost and tax increases. Instead he urged Congress to pass legisltion establishing an $140 [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a Wednesday announcement on Chief Justice William Rehnquist's return to work part-time, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Friday that Rehnquist will not preside from the bench Monday when the high court returns from the holiday break. Rehnquist, 80, will be absent due to "continuing secretions caused by his [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court announced Friday that it would hear an appeal brought by the Chicago-based accounting firm Arthur Andersen, previously convicted for obstruction of justice by destroying documents related to the fall of the Enron Corp. Andersen was convicted by a federal jury in June 2002 and was [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a report this morning in JURIST's Paper Chase, jury selection came to a close Friday after the seating of a 10-man jury in the military trial of Spc. Charles Graner, named by prosecutors as the ringleader of the alleged prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. The [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that a US bankruptcy judge has rejected a United Airlines labor deal with pilots which would have saved the struggling airline some $180M per year. The pilots union ratified the deal only yesterday by a vote of 76.8 percent to 23.1 percent. Labor groups has critized [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government, concerned at reports of abduction and trafficking of children in the wake of the December 26 tsunami disaster that killed over 30,000 in Sri Lanka alone, has announced that adoption of children is illegal until further notice. A government spokesman made the announcement after a [read more]

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[JURIST] Military prosecutors late Thursday dropped adultery and obstruction of justice charges against US Army Spc. Charles Graner on the eve of Friday's start of jury selection in his court-martial trial in connection with abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. In photos that precipitated an international [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania; official website here) said Friday that he expected White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to be approved by his Committee and confirmed in the wake of Thursday's seven-hour hearing on his nomination for the post of US Attorney General. As reported yesterday in [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli authorities Friday arrested independent Palestinian presidential candidate Mustafa Barghouti, a distant relative of imprisoned militant and withdrawn presidential contender Marwan Barghouti, as he tried to attend prayers at the El Aksa Mosque in East Jerusalem. He was later taken a checkpoint outside the city limits and released. Mustafa [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] John Bolton (official biography here), the US Under-Secretary of State who led the US campaign against the establishment of the International Criminal Court (see a representative speech by Bolton here) and later helped negotiate a series of controversial bilateral agreements with countries around the world that would exempt American [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] An alleged member of the Ku Klux Klan was arrested in Mississippi Thursday after being indicted by a grand jury for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers that later inspired the movie "Mississippi Burning". The accused, Edgar Ray Killen is a now-80 year-old Baptist minister and one [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Washingston state governor's race went back to court Thursday as voters filed two challenges to the recount results which gave Democratic Christine Gregoire a victory over Republican Dino Rossi by a margin of 129 votes out of 2.9 million ballots cast (official recount results from the WA Secretary [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate and House of Representatives Thursday rapidly approved a bill that would give a tax break to donors to tsunami relief efforts by allowing them to claim deductions in the 2004 tax year for donations made prior to January 31, 2005. The measure is designed to encourage [read more]

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