Legal news from Wednesday, March 2, 2005
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Momcilo Perisic, a former general and chief of staff of the Yugoslav army under Slobodan Milosevic and later a Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia who pressed for co-operation with international war crimes prosecutors [2001 Serbian government press release], has decided to turn himself in to the International Criminal Tribunal [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] US officials announced Wednesday they will no longer require a new UN declaration on women's issues to take an anti-abortion position. The current meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women [meeting website], held to review progress on women's rights and circumstances ten years after the landmark [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Foreign Ministry [official website in Russian] responded Wednesday to American criticisms of Russia's human rights record in the recent 2004 US State Department human rights reports [text] by accusing the US of double standards. The State Department reports, released Monday [JURIST report], had cited Russian law enforcement [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Wednesday considered two high-profile cases on the constitutionality of public displays of the Ten Commandments. The Court heard oral arguments in Van Orden v. Perry [Duke Law backgrounder] regarding a large and prominently-displayed monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state Capitol [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Dietrich Snell, senior counsel for the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States [official website] and NY deputy attorney general, said Wednesday that he will testify at the German trial of 9/11 suspect Mounir El Motassadeq [BBC profile]. Motassadeq was convicted in 2003 for his alleged role [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, the South African government has approved a plan to construct the first windfarm in the country. The Director-General for Environmental Affairs and Tourism [official website] has approved the windfarm for the Darling district of Western Cape that will include 4 Danish-designed wind turbines and [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] Wednesday partially reversed a lower court decision that exposed Microsoft [corporate website] to $565 million in damages for patent infringement. The lower court had found that Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser infringed on technology developed by Eolas Technologies and [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former investment banker Frank Quattrone said Wednesday that Quattrone is appealing his permanent ban from the securities industry [JURIST report]. Last November, the National Association of Securities Dealers [official website] permanently barred Quattrone from working in the securities industry in any capacity for refusing to testify about [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] British Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday refused to amend the proposed Prevention of Terrorism Bill [PDF text; JURIST report] to include a sunset clause that would require ministers to revisit the legislation in November. The Conservative Party [party website] have said that they will vote against the anti-terror bill [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure [official website] Wednesday approved the Transportation Equity Act [Thomas bill summary; bill text, PDF; committee executive summary, PDF]. The six-year, $284 billion highway and mass transit bill stalled last year over funding disputes between the White House and Congress, but chances [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Richard Cebull ordered a temporary halt Wednesday to Bush administration plans to allow the resumption of imports of Canadian cattle next week. Judge Cebull granted a preliminary injunction preventing a USDA regulation allowing Canadian cattle imports to resume [PDF text] from taking effect as scheduled Monday. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Drug trafficking in Afghanistan threatens to undermine the rule of law and democracy in the country, according to a report released Wednesday by the International Narcotics Control Board [official website], the independent body charged with monitoring implementation of UN drug conventions. The INCB 2004 Annual Report [text] also expresses [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] New Japanese compulsory insurance rules [Japanese Transport Ministry backgrounder] requiring all foreign ships over 100 tons entering Japanese ports to be insured against oil spills, losses and other damages went into effect Tuesday, effectively barring most North Korean ships. The requirements are seen as a disguised move against direct [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Titan Corp. [corporate website] announced it reached administrative settlement agreement with the US Navy [official website] allowing the company to bid, receive and perform on government contracts. Read the Titan press release. The agreement comes a day after Titan agreed to pay [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Wednesday that a disk seized from the home of one the suspected Madrid train bombers contained detailed plans of New York's Grand Central Station [El Mundo report in Spanish], including "highly specialized technical information." The disk was confiscated within two weeks of the March [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST Newsmaker archive] presented the FY 2006 Justice Department budget [White House budget overview] Tuesday to the US House Committee on Appropriations [official website]. Gonzales testified that the FBI's counterterrorism workload has tripled [US Info press release with Gonzales' remarks] since the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Unanimously reversing a Ninth Circuit ruling [PDF], the US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Tenet v. Doe [case backgrounder from Duke Law School] that two former spies for the CIA could not sue the agency for support after it had backed out of an alleged agreement to provide them [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee Hwa [official profile] is reportedly going to step down from office as the leader of the Chinese special administrative region of Hong Kong [government website] for health reasons. Tung took the leadership position in 1997 after China [government website] assumed control of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of hours of audio tapes and transcripts of conversations of Enron traders talking about, or engaging in, violations of federal regulations were released Tuesday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [agency website]. FERC has indicated that it will likely use some of the materials pulled from the transcripts [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Attending an international one-day summit in London Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas committed the Palestinian Authority to a range of legal and judicial reforms deemed necessary for the eventual creation of an independent Palestinian state. The reforms, set out in the final summit report [UK FCO text, PDF], include: [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese Premier Frank Hsieh [official profile] has warned that China's planned approval of an anti-secession law [JURIST report] will strain relations between the two countries, destroying the goodwill recently developed by the opening of commercial flights between the two nations over the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. The legislation [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Jackie Sanders [official profile] told the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] Board of Governors Wednesday that the IAEA could no longer ignore its 'statutory obligations' and must refer the question of Iran's compliance with IAEA regulations over [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government paper China Daily [media website] Wednesday reported that the number of Chinese couples seeking a divorce in 2004 rose to 1.6 million, a dramatic increase over previous years attributed to a 2003 law reform that dropped the requirement that would-be divorcees obtain the permission of their [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] ruled Wednesday that a British high school decision to exclude from school a student wearing a jilbab, a traditional Muslim gown, was unlawful because the school denied 16-year-old Shabina Begum the right to manifest her religion. In its judgment [text], the court [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Barwez Mohammed Mahmoud al-Merwani and his son, lawyer Aryan Barwez al-Merwani, both of whom were working with the Iraqi Special Tribunal [governing statute] were assassinated late Tuesday [CBC News report] as they were exiting their Baghdad home. In the wake of contradictory wire reports that had initially misidentified [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 Wednesday, March 2.The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first case, Van Orden v. Perry, 03-1500, the Court will consider [read more]

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