Legal news from Tuesday, February 22, 2005
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush has urged European leaders to reconsider plans to end a 15-year-old arms embargo on China, arguing that it could jeopardize US security guarantees for Taiwan. Bush was expected to press the issue during his visit to the EU after the US House almost unanimously approved a resolution [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, over 400 food products [official list from FSA] in the UK have been revealed to be contaminated with the industrial food dye Sudan 1 [New Zealand food safety factpage] by the Food Standards Agency (FSA)[official website]. Most of the products are in the process [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A report issued Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] urges that nuclear fuel production should not be left under the control of individual countries. An expert panel assigned to consider nonproliferation of nuclear technology found that multilateral control over nuclear fuel technology was the best way [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian government failed to release the names of an estimated 2,400 people detained in the wake of terror attacks last fall and has since tortured many of the detainees, according to a report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch [official website]. In the report, HRW alleged that some [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Pinellas Circuit Court judge in Florida has issued an emergency stay to prevent the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube until late Wednesday afternoon.3 PM ET - An AP report is now available online. [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge has ruled that United Airlines [corporate website] employees can proceed with a class action lawsuit against the beleagered airline's employee stock ownership plan and the plan trustees, attorneys for the employees said Tuesday. The suit was filed in 2003, but District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan certified [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Second District Court of Appeals in Florida [official website] issued a one-page mandate on Tuesday allowing Michael Schiavo to remove the feeding tube which sustains his brain-damaged wife Terri Schiavo [JURIST Newsmaker archive]. Terri's parents were seeking an emergency stay to keep their daughter alive in the hopes [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Hong Kong government [official site] announced on Tuesday that it will begin encouraging couples to have three children, in an effort to reverse the territory's falling birth rate. In a radio interview, Chief Secretary Donald Tsang said the government is considering providing tax incentives to encourage couples to [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Internal Revenue Service [official site] announced Tuesday a plan to reduce penalties for executives and companies that admit to using an abusive tax shelter designed to avoid taxes on stock options. IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said that the agency had identified 42 well-known corporations with executives who failed [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, supermarket giant Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. [corporate website] and 23 of its US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. The company announced it has secured an $800 million [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official site] heard oral argument Tuesday morning concerning a challenge to the FCC-imposed broadcast flag for digital television. Two of the three panel judges noted that the FCC never received permission from Congress to enact the broadcast flag rule. "You're [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, state prosecutors for South Africa [government website] have appealed to the Constitutional Court [official website] for permission to retry Dr. Wouter Basson, a scientist allegedly employed by the apartheid government to create a "smart virus" that would only target black South Africans. Basson was acquitted [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued opinions in two cases Tuesday. In the first, Smith v. Massachusetts, the Court ruled that a trial judge's reversal of a mid-trial ruling to dismiss a firearm charge constituted double jeopardy. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion [text, PDF] in the 5-4 decision, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a former high school valedictorian in Virginia, has been charged with conspiring to assassinate President Bush and with supporting al-Qaida. Abu Ali made an initial appearance in federal district court Tuesday to face charges. The indictment alleges that Abu Ali plotted with an unidentified person [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] KGW.com in Portland, OR, is reporting that the US Supreme Court [official website] has agreed to hear a Bush administration challenge to Oregon's Death with Dignity Act [text], which allows assisted suicide. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals previously upheld the law [JURIST report; opinion, PDF] against a [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official biography] announced Tuesday a revised version of proposed anti-terror laws that place suspects under house arrest in an attempt to rush the legislation through Parliament. Under the Prevention of Terrorism Bill [text], terror suspects may be ordered under house arrest by the home [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official biography] defended the UN as being of "vital importance to humanity" as the body struggles to emerge from the cloud of the Oil-for-Food Program [JURIST Hot Topic] scandal. Annan's views were published in a Tuesday op-ed piece [text, subscription required] in the Wall Street [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi women face increased violence and more restrictions on freedom in the period after Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled, according to an Amnesty International [official website] report released Tuesday. Amnesty found that systematic repression of women common under Saddam's government has ended, but it has not yet yielded marked [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the militant Forces for National Liberation (FNL) said Tuesday that the rebel group will not disrupt a referendum on Burundi's new constitution, scheduled to be held later this month. The referendum, part of the peace process to end civil war between the ethnic Hutu majority and [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei [BBC News profile] withdrew his list of cabinet nominees Tuesday and promised to name a new team after parliament expressed strong opposition to his proposed cabinet. MPs criticized Qurei's selections, saying that the cabinet was stacked with members tainted by corruption and stressed the [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish court has issued an international arrest warrant for former Guatemalan military ruler Romeo Lucas Garcia, sources said Monday. Garcia, who now suffers from Alzheimer's disease, is wanted in connection with a 1980 siege against the Spanish embassy in Guatemala where thirty-seven people died. 10 other former leaders [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 Tuesday, Feb. 22.The US Supreme Court [official website] is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first case, Kelo v. City of New London [case [read more]

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