Legal news from Friday, March 4, 2005
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] After a Thursday ruling thwarted an effort to keep court petitions private [AP report], documents filed by Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) [official website] related to the case of 41-year-old Terri Schiavo were made public Friday. The DCF is seeking a further 60-day stay of the removal [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) [trade website] said Friday that their first legal battle against Internet file-sharers has been a success. BPI issued their statement after 23 people paid a cumulative sum of £50,000 in an out-of-court settlement. Of those, 17 were men and six women, ranging from 22 [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST US forces mistakenly opened fire late Friday on a convoy carrying Italian Il Manifesto [newspaper website] journalist Giuliana Sgrena to safety after she had been released from her Iraqi captors. The attack wounded Sgrena and killed an Italian secret service agent. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile] announced [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Prosecutor's office [official website in German] announced Friday that searches conducted in Switzerland on February 22 resulted in the arrests of three individuals accused of running Islamic websites that allowed Internet users to view images of hostage killings and access instructions for bomb-making and kidnapping. The [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] warned Friday that the proposed Prevention of Terrorism Bill [PDF text, JURIST report], even with an amendment allowing only judges to impose house arrest [JURIST report] on terror suspects, does not comply with human rights laws. The committee, which is made [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors said Friday that they have arrested four people suspected of planning the Beslan school siege [JURIST report] last year, in which over 300 people died. Five other suspects were killed while resisting arrest. A Russian commission investigating the attack has said that senior Kremlin officials were at [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] Chairman William Donaldson [official profile] said Friday that corporate lawyers should devote more time to helping clients obey the law, rather than evading it. Speaking to a gathering of securities lawyers [PLI conference information], Donaldson called on lawyers to deliver common-sense advice [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's international brief, France [government website] has announced that it will hold a national referendum on the European constitution [official website] on May 29. France just recently approved an amendment to its constitution [JURIST report] to allow such a referendum. French President Jacques Chirac [official profile] is hoping [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday nominated acting Environmental Protection Agency [official website] administrator Stephen Johnson [EPA profile] to fill the job permanently. In White House remarks, the President said: ... his immediate task is to work with Congress to pass my Clear Skies Initiative. This innovative legislation will reduce power plant [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury in Indianapolis Indiana has indicted Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban on charges he tried to sell the names of US intelligence operatives in Iraq to Saddam Hussein's government. Charges outlined in the indictment include conspiracy, acting as a foreign agent without notification and violating the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge James Kleinberg of the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County [official website] issued a preliminary ruling Thursday holding that three computer industry blogs - PowerPage, Apple Insider, and Think Secret - could not claim the same First Amendment {Cornell LII backgrounder] and California Shield Law [First Amendment [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Although heckled by members of his own Likud Party [political party website in Hebrew], Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [Israel MFA profile] Thursday announced his final rejection of demands for a national referendum on his Gaza disengagement plan [JURIST report], which calls for the evacuation of more than 8,000 [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Powell [FCC profile, background info], outgoing Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission [official website], said Thursday that he did not support extending broadcast indecency rules to cable television or satellite televsion or radio. Powell has supported efforts to increase penalties and enforcement for over-the-air broadcasts of indecent material, [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Domestic guru and corporate high-flyer Martha Stewart left the women's prison in Alderson, West Virginia early Friday morning after being discharged at the end of her five month prison sentence for lying to investigators about stock trading. A few hours later, after a flight on a private jet, she [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to a Brazilian complaint that US subsidies to cotton farmers are driving down world prices and hurting the cotton market, the appeals court of the World Trade Organization Thursday upheld the previous findings of trade judges that the US subsidies broke trade rules. The ruling [findings and conclusions [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's elite Royal Canadian Mounted Police suffered their most casualties since the late 1800s Thursday when four officers were killed in a raid on a suspected marijuana growing operation in Alberta. A fifth man, believed to the the suspect in the slayings, was also killed. A high-powered rifle was [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] More than three years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the US House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill creating a blueprint for filling legislative vacancies should a situation like a terror strike against the Capitol arise which leaves more than 100 seats open [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 Friday, March 4.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:30 AM ET today, and it will consider S. 256 [bill summary], the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Watch a live [read more]

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