Legal news from Thursday, February 10, 2005
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] It was announced Thursday in London that Prince Charles [official profile], heir to the British throne and former husband of the late Princess Diana [official memorial website], will marry longtime love Camilla Parker-Bowles [BBC profile]. The private nuptials slated for April appear to have been made possible by a [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, West African regional organization ECOWAS [official website] has refused to recognize Faure Gnassingbe as the legitimate leader of Togo [government website in French] and threatened sanctions against the country unless it returned to its prior constitutional process. The Togo National Assembly changed the country's constitution [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] In what is to be New England's first execution in 45 years, a Connecticut judge has set a new May 11 execution date for convicted killer Michael Ross [About.com profile] and appointed a special counsel to investigate claims by Ross' lawyer and family that Ross is incompetent to waive [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [defense website] has been convicted of helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers.3:45 PM ET - After 13 days of deliberation, a jury has convicted Stewart on charges of conspiracy, giving material support to terrorists and defrauding [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate has approved the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 [bill summary], which will limit class action lawsuits.3:54 PM ET - The Senate passed the bill, which will require multistate class action lawsuits to be brought in federal court, by a 72-26 vote. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords Thursday granted the request of film director Roman Polanski [JURIST report] that he be allowed to pursue a libel suit via video tape. Polanski is suing Vanity Fair magazine for libel in the UK, but doesn't want to travel to Britain for fear of [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US House has approved the REAL ID Act [text], legislation aimed at preventing entry by terrorists into the country. The act sets regulations for the use of state driver's licenses by immigrants and facilitates deportation procedures. The White House gave approval [JURIST report] to [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Arabian men went to the polls Thursday to vote in municipal elections around the country, marking the first elections ever held by the country. The election was for 127 local government seats around the country in the first of three local elections to be held through April. More [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington Post reported Thursday that allegations by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] detainees that female soldiers at the military base used sexually suggestive tactics during interrogations of detainees have been confirmed by a Pentagon investigation. The women allegedly rubbed their bodies against the men, wore little clothing and [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission [official website] Thursday rejected a proposal that would have required cable providers to offer multiple digital channels from local broadcasters. Commissioners upheld by a 4-1 vote a 2001 regulation requiring cable operators to carry only one digital channel for each broadcaster. Broadcasters contended that the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Some Canadian MPs have reported that they have been lobbied by US citizens and advocacy groups over - primarily against - pending federal legislation [Bill C-38 text] that would legalize same-sex marriage. Several legislators say they have received e-mails, phone calls and faxes from concerned Americans, while several US [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian president Vladimir Putin [official website] welcomed an international dialogue on human rights issues Thursday during a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile], but warned that rights issues should not be exploited for political and economic ends. Arbour is making her first visit [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin [official website] testified Thursday before a judicial inquiry commission [Gomery Commission website] on his role in a corrupt government program originally intended to promote national unity following a close referendum on separation by Quebec. During the program's operation Martin was Finance Minister in the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Aviation Administration [official website] received numerous warnings of al-Qaida's hopes to hijack airplanes in the months prior to September 11, according to a previously unreleased report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States [official website]. According to an August report by the commission, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate is not expected to vote on the nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff [nomination history; 2002 DOJ resume] as Secretary of Homeland Security until some time next week as several senators have requested access to an uncensored copy of a memo Chertoff wrote on interrogation techniques while [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] As previously expected [JURIST report], Germany's Federal Prosecutor [official website in German] Thursday rejected calls to investigate US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] for possible war crimes stemming from US abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website] and four former [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ukraine's attorney general, Svyatoslav Piskun, said Wednesday in an article published in Austria's Der Standard newspaper that he has evidence that newly-elected President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; English version] was deliberately poisoned last year, and that it was probably a government plot. Last October, Ukrainian prosecutors dismissed Yushchenko's health [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration asked the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official site] late Wednesday to expeditiously decide whether Guantanamo detainees can challenge their confinement in court. Two district court judges recently issued conflicting rulings on the question. In a 75-page opinion [PDF], US District Judge Joyce [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] For the first time publicly, North Korea acknowledged Thursday that it has nuclear weapons, and said it has pulled out of a six-nation negotiation [US State Department backgrounder] aimed at persuading the communist country to abandon its nuclear ambitions. In a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The White House gave approval late on Wednesday to the REAL ID Act [THOMAS text], a House bill which would prevent immigrants from being able to use state driver's license to board airplanes and entering federal buildings. The bill would also make it easier for judges to deport those [read more]

00:02 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, Feb. 10.The US Senate [official website] convenes this morning at 9:30 AM ET, and it will continue debate on S. 5 [bill summary], the Class Action Bill. Watch a live webcast of the [read more]

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