Legal news from Monday, February 28, 2005
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli supreme court [court website] on Monday ordered the army to reopen its investigation of the shooting of a US peace activist in April 2003, giving the military just 90 days to interview six witnesses to the shooting that left US peace activist Brian Avery [Democracy Now interview] [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in South Carolina Monday granted a motion for a writ of habeas corpus [JURIST report] for Jose Padilla [BBC profile], giving the Bush administration 45 days to either charge the terror suspect with a crime or set him free. In detaining Padilla for more than two [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] A US District Court judge has refused to block new federal campaign finance regulations that an abortion rights interest group claims will hinder its ability to participate in political campaigns, and by extension impinges upon its First Amendment rights. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly [official profile] refused a request [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments Monday in Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 03-1388, dealing with the issue of whether foreign cruise ships that stop at US ports must comply with Americans with Disabilities Act [text] provisions protecting disabled passengers from [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ten years after the world's nations pledged to achieve equality for women in the Beijing Declaration [text], the progress meeting organized by the UN Commission on the Status of Women [official website] started Monday with controversy over American insistence that abortion should not be recognized as a human right. [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] has indicated in a letter to his Conservative Party shadow that he will amend the Prevention of Terrorism bill [text, PDF] so that the government would have to apply to a judge before detaining terror suspects under house arrest without trial. The [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] Monday released its 2004 annual reports on human rights practices in 196 countries, delivering with sharp criticisms of rights situations in Middle Eastern allies Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt. The document also censured China, Russia and the six countries identified by the Bush [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's international brief, France's National Assembly [official website in French] met today in joint session with the country's Senate [official website] at the historic Palace of Versailles to approve an amendment to the French constitution [official text] that would permit the nation to hold a referendum on approving [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court Monday granted certiorari to a case raising the question of when plaintiffs can sue in federal court, as opposed to state court. The question has lately sparked an important political debate, as plaintiffs often prefer to pursue claims in state courts, where payouts are larger for [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former WorldCom [JURIST Hot Topic news archive] chief Bernard Ebbers [Wikipedia profile] testified Monday at his corporate fraud trial, now in its sixth week in Manhattan federal court. Ebbers said on the stand that he was unschooled in accounting and finance and that he left money decisions to his [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Monday upheld the convictions of four Bosnian Serbs who found guilty in 2001 of crimes against detainees at a wartime prison camp in Bosnia. Miroslav Kvocka, Mladjo Rdaic, Zoran Zigic and Dragoljub Prcac had received sentences of [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanon's Prime Minister Omar Karami announced the resignation of his administration on Monday, just before a no-confidence vote was scheduled to take place. Karami had been under popular pressure to resign after his government was implicated in the February 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [BBC report]. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, the Financial Times is reporting [subscription req'd] that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website] has expanded his inquiry into the corporate governance and accounting practices at American International Group (AIG) [corporate website] by looking at the company's relationship with Barbados-based [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [governing statute] has finished preliminary investigations into some of the crimes allegedly committed by Saddam Hussein’s top aides and announced Monday that the first group of five will be sent to trial. The five include Hussein's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti [Trialwatch.org profile], former vice [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST Hot Topic archive; BBC profile], former CEO of Russian oil giant Yukos [corporate website], has said that his client's trial on tax fraud and other charges could end in April. Yuri Shmidt said that while he doubts the judge's ruling will exonerate his [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] General Rasim Delic [BBC report], who headed the Bosnian Muslim army during most of the Bosnian civil war that spanned the 1990s, left Sarajevo for the Hague Monday to surrender to the UN tribunal and face trial for war crimes. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will face trial in a reinforced metal cage, much like the one used for the character Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 film, the Silence of the Lambs, London's Sun reports in its Monday edition. The tabloid quoted an unidentified source who stated that Hussein [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A controversial bankruptcy bill first introduced in 1997 goes up for consideration again Monday in the US Senate [official website]. The bill aims to limit the ability of consumers to declare bankruptcy and have their debts nullified. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley [official website], author of the legislation, asserts that [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Saajid Badat, a British citizen, pleaded guilty in court in London Monday on charges of conspiring to place an explosive device on an aircraft in service. Prosecutors plea-bargained Badat in light of evidence indicating that he voluntarily withdrew from the plot after returning from his training. Badat, a 25 [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Mohamed ElBaradei [official profile], Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website], called Monday for Iran to be more open and proactive in providing information to the UN nuclear watchdog organization concerning its nuclear programs. His remarks were made at the opening session of the IAEA Board [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition parties, as well as election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website], alleged Monday that fraud had tainted the weekend parliamentary elections held in Tajikistan [BBC country profile; DC embassy website]. Tajikistan's largest opposition party, the Islamic Renaissance Party, has accused government agents [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Citizens in Burundi [BBC profile] voted Monday for the first time in 12 years on a constitutional referendum. The proposed constitution is designed to create an ethnically balanced government for the nation that has been suffering from an intense civil war ever since President Melchior Ndaday, Burundi's first democratically [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 Monday, Feb. 28.The US Supreme Court [official website] is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. [case backgrounder from Duke [read more]

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