Legal news from Monday, January 31, 2005
21:01 EDT

[JURIST] Findings of a new survey [press release] of American high school students announced Monday suggest that more than one in three believes that the First Amendment "goes too far" in the rights it grants and protects, while half of the students surveyed said that newspapers should have to receive [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Updating an earlier JURIST story, Connecticut has postponed Monday's scheduled execution of convicted serial killer Michael Ross [About.com profile], putting off what would be New England's first execution in 45 years after Ross' attorney filed a motion questioning the killer's competency [JURIST post]. The execution is delayed for at [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Central Command [official military website] said Monday that about 3000 Iraqi detainees held at the Camp Bucca detention facility [Knight Ridder report; Wikipedia article] in southern Iraq rioted shortly after Noon local time, and that the riot was only quelled after US troops opened fire. Four prisoners were [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Tribune Co. [corporate website] and the parent companies of CBS, Fox and NBC have filed an appeal with the Supreme Court asking the court to restore the government's new media ownership rules which had been thrown out by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [court website]. [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] announced Monday that it will temporarily lift a diplomatic freeze imposed on Cuba after the Cuban government jailed 75 dissidents in March 2003. The lifting of sanctions follows the release of several dissidents. The EU had banned high-level governmental visits and participation in cultural [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Basic Rights Oregon [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of Measure 36 [official text], a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage approved by Oregon voters that states "It is the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Vietnamese government has announced plans to release 8,000 prisoners, including religious activists and political dissidents, as part of its annual amnesty accompanying Tet, the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 9. The government releases a number of prisoners every year as part of the Tet celebration. Notably [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a story that ran earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, a much-anticipated and as-yet-unreleased UN investigation [JURIST report] into human rights abuses in the Darfur region of Sudan does not characterize them as "genocide", according to a spokesman for the Sudanese government, which has seen the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Marsh & McLennan Cos. [corporate website], the world's biggest insurance broker, has agreed to pay $850 million to settle charges that the company conspired with insurers to rig bids. Under the agreement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website], Marsh [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of illegal immigrants fled Malaysia Monday as the Malaysian government [official portal; English version] prepared to launch a campaign to round up and deport illegal foreign workers. January 31 is the last day of a three-month amnesty granted to illegals to leave the country without punishment. On Tuesday, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's international brief, the United Kingdom's Special Immigration Appeal Commission [text of empowering legislation] has granted bail to three terror suspects individuals being held without charge or trial in London's Belmarsh Prison [official website]. The only individual to be named, Abu Rideh, was recently moved to Broadmoor Mental [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Citing "information... that made me question Mr. Ross's competency," the attorney hired by convicted serial rapist and murderer Michael Ross [About.com profile] to expedite his execution filed a motion Monday to delay what would be New England's first execution in 45 years. The attorney, T.J. Paulding, said in his [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Monday sentenced [ruling text] former Yugoslav general Pavle Strugar to eight years in prison for his role in the 1991 shelling of Dubrovnik [BBC report], the historic Croatian city that UNESCO had declared a World Cultural Heritage site. Strugar, [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Joyce Hens Green has ruled that the Guantanamo military tribunals for terror suspects are unconstitutional, and that Guantanamo prisoners have constitutional protections under the law. Judge Green said that the eleven plaintiff before her in a co-ordinated habeas proceedings had valid Fifth Amendment claims and that [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of Israeli settlers gathered in Jerusalem Sunday evening at the start of a scheduled 24-hour protest against a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon to remove all 21 Israeli settlements from Gaza and four smaller settlements from the West Bank this summer. The settlers, organized [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial to determine responsibility for the massive 1999 fire [BBC file report] in the Mont Blanc Tunnel [Wikipedia article], which runs between Italy and France, opened today in France. The fire, which killed 39 people and burned for more than 2 days, is believed to have been started [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli officials have told the US that Israel will reexamine the cases of Palestinians in East Jerusalem whose land was seized by Israel [JURIST report] due to the building of the security fence [official website]. The US had expressed concern over the seizure of the land by local officials, [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking in Nigeria Sunday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] urged the UN Security Council [official website] to consider sanctions against Sudan [government website] for "gross violations of human rights". Annan cited a UN report, due to be released this week, that found that "serious violations of international humanitarian [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The deputy head of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq Monday revised upwards the latest estimate of turnout in Sunday's Iraq elections, telling AFP that "We still don't have a final number but we can say it was better than expected. The final percentage could be between 60 and [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Jan. 31.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate [official website] will convene for regular business at 1 PM ET today and will consider the nomination of Samuel Bodman [official biography] for secretary of energy. [read more]

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