Legal news from Tuesday, March 1, 2005
22:03 EDT

[JURIST] Late reports from Baghdad say that US officials were incorrect in initially saying that Iraqi Special Tribunal judge Raid Juhi al-Saadi had been assassinated Tuesday, and that the judge actually killed was another man - as yet unnamed - serving as one of dozens of investigatory administrative judges working [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] FOX News is reporting that the Iraqi Special Tribunal [governing statute] judge overseeing the lagal proceedings against Saddam Hussein has been assassinated. Raid Juhi al-Saadi,35, was reportedly gunned down outside his home in Baghdad. He had already survived several assassination attempts and had recently moved into a special walled [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law brief, the DuPont Co. [corporate website] has settled a complaint for $ 106.7M for polluting local drinking water around Parkersburg, West Virginia with the chemical C8. C8 is used for the manufacture of Teflon. The money will be used in a study to determine whether [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST Countries archive] has refused to cooperate with UN nuclear inspection teams in the country, including blocking them from revisiting a site the US alleged was used for weapons development, the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] said Tuesday. The IAEA Board of Directors, which is meeting this [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] New UK anti-terrorism legislation that passed the House of Commons [JURIST report] on Monday may face a tougher challenge in the House of Lords [official website] as debate began Tuesday. The bill's momentum was somewhat weakened after numerous members of the Labour Party rebelled on several votes on the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] has overturned EPA [official website] regulations designed to deal with water pollution from manure pollution on major farms. The court ruled Monday that the regulations [text, PDF], which took effect in February 2003 were not adequate to ensure that large [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] has reversed a $54.6 million verdict against two retired Salvadoran generals for allegedly allowing torture and other abuses during a 12-year civil war in El Salvador. The court ruled Monday that the three victims had not proven circumstances that prevented [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Dennis Rader, the man accused of being the BTK serial killer, was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder at a Kansas courthouse. The BTK killer, whose nickname stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill," was suspected of eight murders from 1974 to 1991, but authorities said Saturday they had [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi [BBC profile] has spoken out on the some of the obstacles in the way of drafting of a new permanent constitution for his country. Writing in the Wall Street Journal [subscription required] Monday, he said that "Our Founding Fathers must ensure the constitution [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Floribert Ndjabu, leader of the Nationalist and Integrationist Front in the Democratic Republic of Congo [BBC country profile], was arrested Tuesday over the killing of nine UN peacekeepers last week. Ndjabu was captured in a health clinic in the capital city of Kinshasa. Ndjabu's militia operated in the lawless [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Democrats voiced their displeasure Tuesday over President Bush's renomination of Department of the Interior Solicitor William Myers [DOJ biography] to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats see the move as evidence that the Bush administration is not willing to compromise, and that the President persists on nominating [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chemical companies that supplied Agent Orange [Wikipedia entry] to the US military in Vietnam asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Vietnamese citizens who say they were poisoned by their exposure. Lawyers for the Monsanto, Dow Chemical [official sites], and more than a dozen other [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysia Tuesday began a campaign to round up an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants currently in the country, after extending an amnesty period [JURIST report] several times. Police and immigration officials conducted searches around the country in an effort to round up illegal workers. The program has caused tension with [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First [advocacy websites] announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that they had filed a lawsuit in Illinois against US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] and several other US military officials on behalf of eight former detainees [ACLU profiles] who [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge found her husband and mother murdered in her Chicago home Monday evening. Police did not provide any details on the killings, but media reports indicated that the bodies were those of Michael F. Lefkow and Donna Humphrey. White supremacist Matthew Hale was convicted in April [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the US government was liable for agreements to cover contract costs for several Indian tribes despite arguments that Congress did not appropriate funds for the full amount. Under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act [text], tribes may undertake and be reimbursed [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] CBS News is reporting that the US Supreme Court [official website] has struck down the possibility of the death penalty for juvenile killers. SCOTUSBlog has more on the Court's 5-4 opinion in Roper v. Simmons, 03-633.10:30 AM ET - In an opinion authored by Justice Kennedy, the Court wrote: [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, telecommunications entrepreneur Walter Anderson, Washington business executive who earned nearly a half-billion dollars through off-shore ventures, was indicted in a $200 million income tax evasion scheme. The indictment charges Anderson with engaging in the elaborate tax evasion scheme, obstructing the IRS [official [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Rhode Island [government website; JURIST States archive] became the seventh state to ban smoking indoors Tuesday, as a state law [text] took effect at midnight. The ban covers all indoor workplaces and almost all bars and restaurants, but certain bars not serving food and private clubs have until October [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] China Tuesday criticized a US State Department report on its human rights record, accusing the United States of using human rights to interfere in the country's internal affairs. A Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website] spokesman also alleged human rights abuses by the US, both at home and internationally, although [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has appointed a three-star general to take over the investigation into alleged abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] and extended the deadline for completion until March 31. Air Force Lt. Gen. Randall "Mark" Schmidt will take over the investigation. The appointment of a [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, a UN report not yet released publicly has called for in-country courts martial of UN peacekeepers [official website] who are accused of sexual abuse, according to a UN official. The report, written by Jordanian UN ambassador Prince Zeid al Hussein, suggests that the courts martial [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] France has replaced the US as the industrialized nation receiving the most asylum applications from refugees, though overall numbers of refugees seeking asylum in Europe and North America have reached their lowest levels since 1988, according to report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees [official website] released Tuesday. [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ziad al-Khasawneh, head of Saddam Hussein's legal defense team, said Tuesday that plans to try Saddam before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [tribunal statute] are illegitimate. Al-Khasawneh said that the tribunal does not meet the requirements for a fair and safe trial and that he and other members of the [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons passed the Prevention of Terrorism Bill [PDF text] by a vote of 272-219 Monday, despite objections that the anti-terror bill didn't receive proper debate. Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] has said that he will amend the bill [JURIST report] so that judicial approval [read more]

00:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 1.The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear arguments in two cases today. At 10 AM ET, the Court will hear arguments in the consolidated cases of Exxon Corp. v. Allapattah Services [read more]

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