Legal news from Thursday, February 24, 2005
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US judge on Thursday dismissed the bankruptcy case of Russian oil giant Yukos, saying that the matter should be decided in a forum allowing for involvement by the Russian government. Yukos claims that it was the victim of a Russian government-orchestrated plot to destroy it, and the company [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali claim that he should be released from jail pending trial on charges that he plotted to assassinate President Bush and aided the Al-Qaeda terror network because Abu Ali lacks a criminal record and he has battled to return to the US since his [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Mississippi judge delayed Thursday the murder trial of a reputed Ku Klux Klansman who is charged with the notorious Mississippi Burning [UMKC backgrounder] killings of 1964 due to scheduling conflicts and the desire to allow defense attorneys to review recent tips received related to the case. Edgar Ray [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] A New York Supreme Court judge dealt a blow to same-sex couples seeking the right to marry on Thursday, upholding the state's stance that the extension of marriage rights is a matter for the state legislature rather than the courts to decide. Last year in Ithaca [official website], 25 [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, the US meatpackers industry group [corporate website] has filed a complaint in the US District Court of District of Columbia to lift a ban on the import of all cattle from Canada. Documents from the case, AMI vs. DeHaven and Johanns, are not yet [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Senator Arlen Specter [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Thursday that the committee will hold confirmation hearings next week for William G. Myers III, nominated by President Bush to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, a [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut's Joint Committee on the Judiciary [official website] has approved a bill [committee meeting minutes] that will allow civil unions for same-sex couples. If the bill is approved by the full House and Senate and the governor, Connecticut would join Vermont as the only two states extending the rights [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Senator Arlen Specter [official website] announced the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] will start an investigation into how criminals were able to gain access [JURIST story] to at least 145,000 consumer profiles maintained by ChoicePoint Inc. [corporate website]. Privacy advocates are calling [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe held Wednesday that while voting was constitutionally protected in the country, it was not a "fundamental right." The ruling was made at a hearing for Zimbabweans who are petitioning the government to allow them to vote, even though they live [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two medical clinics have asked the Kansas Supreme Court [official website] to intercede in secret investigation by Attorney General Phill Kline [official website] seeking medical records of females seeking late-term abortions. Kline wants the records in an attempt to find evidence of sex crimes against children. Kansas law gives [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] New York District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet [official website] ruled Thursday that the New York Times [corporate website] can protect the confidentiality of its sources under the First Amendment [text], refusing to dismiss the paper's lawsuit against the government. The ruling comes after the New York Times filed [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The EU ended consideration Thursday of proposals [JURIST report] that would have banned Nazi symbols in the 25-country bloc after it became apparent that member states could not agree on which symbols should be included in the ban. Luxembourg, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, withdrew the proposal [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST Hot Topic] has turned over 15 war crimes cases under its authority to Rwandan officials for the first time in the tribunal's 10 year existence. The ICTR made the transfer Wednesday as part of its strategy [text, PDF] to complete [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that during a meeting [AP report] Thursday, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that Iran should not be allowed to pursue nuclear weapons.12:45 PM ET - From Russia, MosNews.com has local coverage. The White House has a joint statement [text] from the two leaders [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan [JURIST countries archive] will likely be delayed until this summer or fall, a UN spokesman said Thursday. The elections were originally slated to be held before the end of the Aghan month Saur on May 21, but a deadline to declare the elections at least [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled Thursday that Russia was guilty of serious abuses against Chechen civilians during its military campaign against rebel forces in the region. Six Chechens brought claims of torture and abuse against Russia stemming from military operations in 1999 and 2000. The [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST]The UN Security Council [official website] said late Wednesday that it will consider a proposal by Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official bio] to end recruitment and use of child soldiers in violation of international law, acknowledging a need for a monitoring and reporting mechanism to track such abuses. The current proposal [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Sindh provincial High Court in Pakistan has started formal hearings for an appeal by four Islamic militants convicted of kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl [Wikipedia profile]. British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts [official website] will hear a challenge to a 1913 state law that Massachusetts has used to block out-of-state gay couples from being married there. The 1913 law prohibits the commonwealth from granting marriage licenses to couples whose marriage would not be legal in [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] announced it will allow six constitutional petitions to challenge President Pervez Musharraf's [Wikipedia profile] decision to remain the country's president and army chief of staff. The petitions, filed by Pakistan Lawyers Forum, the Communist Party and the Watan Party, challenge Musharraf's decision to retain [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] has started "a very urgent inquiry" into allegations that three Pakistani policemen raped a woman in Haiti while deployed on the UN mission to stabilize the nation. The probe follows reports of widespread abuse by UN peacekeeping soldiers in Congo. That probe led to [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. 24.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess this week. Both will resume their sessions on Feb. 28.Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Chairman Arlen Specter will hold a press [read more]

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