Legal news from Friday, January 14, 2005
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Virginia Supreme Court [official website] struck down a state law prohibiting consensual sex between unmarried people. Read the opinion [PDF]. The justices based their decision on Lawrence v. Texas [ruling], the 2003 US Supreme Court case voiding a state anti-sodomy law. As in [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Following up a JURIST report from earlier today, US Central Command [official military website] has now announced that Staff Sgt. Jonathan J. Alban-Cardenas has been convicted of one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder during a general court-martial at the 1st Cavalry Division courthouse [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Army Spc. Charles Graner was found guilty late Friday afternoon of conspiracy, assault, maltreating prisoners, dereliction of duty and committing indecent acts, all charges that arose out of the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal. The military jury in Graner's court-martial deliberated less than five hours and Graner now faces up [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] FOX News is reporting that after hearing arguments [JURIST report] in a case seeking to prevent a prayer at President Bush's upcoming inauguration, US District Judge John Bates has rejected the challenge of plaintiff Michael Newdow [JURIST Newsmaker]. Read the opinion here [PDF]. 4:48 PM ET - FOX News [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC official website] filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Chicago-based Sidley Austin Brown & Wood [law firm website], for alleged discrimination against the firm's older lawyers. The suit, which could cost the firm millions of dollars, stems from a 1999 decision to demote [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a JURIST report from earlier today, the Ukraine Supreme Court [official website in Ukrainian] announced Friday that on Monday morning Kyiv time it would hear the appeal filed earlier today by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukoych [Wikipedia profile] in a final attempt to halt the [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge [official profile], in an interview with BBC News airing Friday, said that the US does not condone the use of torture to extract information from terrorists, but added that "under an extreme set of circumstances," where it could prevent a major loss [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott [official profile] has filed a federal lawsuit against Ryan Pitylak, a 22-year-old college student, and his 40-year-old business partner, Mark Trotter, who Abbott says head the world's fourth-largest spamming operation. According to allegations in the lawsuit [complaint, PDF], Pitylak and Trotter have sent hundreds [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge John Bates has heard arguments in a case seeking to prevent the recitation of a prayer [JURIST report] during President Bush' inauguration [official website] next week. Plaintiff Michael Newdow [JURIST Newsmaker], who unsuccessfully tried to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, argued [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court [official website] will allow a referendum to overturn parts of a controversial new Italian law on fertility treatments to proceed, but rejected a call for a referendum to completely overturn the law. Last year, Italian lawmakers passed a measure which allows only cohabitating heterosexual couples access [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentine Navy captain Adolfo Scilingo appeared in a Spanish court Friday where he is on trial for committing genocide during Argentina's "Dirty War." In addition to genocide, Scilingo also faces 30 charges of murder, 93 of causing injury, 255 terrorism charges, and 286 torture charges, all stemming from [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The United States has announced that it will withhold $10 million in aid to Serbia and Montenegro [Wikipedia article] due to Belgrade's lack of cooperation [JURIST report] with the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia [official website]. According to the US State Department: The Foreign Operations, Export [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Kansas Senate [official website] voted Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would ban same-sex marriage and would prohibit the state from allowing civil unions or granting benefits normally associated with marriage to same-sex couples. The measure, which passed by a 28-11 vote, will [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Google Inc. [corporate site] and the Securities and Exchange Commission [official site] have settled a complaint over the company's failure to register employee stock options during its initial public offering in August. The settlement, in which Google accepted a cease-and-desist order by the SEC, allows the company to avoid [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Court-martial proceedings began Friday for a US soldier charged with the murder of a wounded Iraqi teenager during a outbreak of violence in Baghdad last year. Staff Sgt. Cardenas Alban, of the 41st Infantry Regiment out of Fort Riley, KA, is one of three soldiers charged in the incident [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A defense witness testifying Thursday in the military trial of Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile] told the jury that intelligence officers at the Abu Ghraib prison told Graner and others what to do. Former military policewoman Megan Ambuhl [CDI case file; Wikipedia profile] said "They would come down with [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukoych [Wikipedia profile; presidential campaign website in Ukrainian] Friday filed one last appeal over the December 26 presidential re-vote with the Ukrainian Supreme Court [official website in Ukrainian] in a final legal bid to stop the inauguration of opposition leader and apparent election winner [read more]

05:01 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, January 14.At the United Nations, the Security Council will meet at 10 AM ET for closed consultations on Iraq. The trial of Fatmir Limaj and his co-defendants continues Friday at the International Criminal [read more]

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