Legal news from Monday, March 14, 2005
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] As world capitals reacted Monday to China's adoption of a law [JURIST report] authorizing "non-peaceful means" of reunification with Taiwan, the White House called the legislation "unfortunate" while Russia said it understood China's position [Xinhua report]. In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan noted that that the US "does [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US District Court judge ruled Monday that a Hollinger International [corporate website] lawsuit over a looting of $425 million that allegedly took place under the watch of former CEO Conrad Black [CBC profile] and his former deputy could proceed. Hollinger, which owns the Chicago Sun-Times among its many [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Defense contractor Halliburton Inc. [corporate website] may have overcharged the federal government by more than $100 million, according to an audit [PDF text] conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency [official website] and released Monday by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) [House profile], which questioned $108 million in costs charged [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST]In Monday's environmental law news, the UK has announced it will go ahead in late April or early May with its original plan for limiting CO2 output under the European Union's emissions trading scheme in keeping with Kyoto Protocol [text] requirements. The UK had proposed a revised plan that would [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a California Superior Court judge has ruled that California's law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.4:32 PM ET - San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer has ruled that the California law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The leaders of United States, Canada and Mexico will discuss a joint plan to protect North American borders and improve movement between countries when they meet next week at a North American summit in Texas. A report released Monday [Council on Foreign Relations press release], jointly sponsored by the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] Monday sentenced Vincent Rutaganira, a former local leader, to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a charge of extermination by omission. In the court's first judgment this year, the court handed down its shortest sentence ever. The ICTR [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj Monday pleaded not guilty in his initial appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Haradinaj, who resigned his post and turning himself over to the court last week, plead not guilty to all 37 counts of war [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] After questioning the rationale [China Daily report] for continued use of capital punishment earlier this year, China has decided to reform but not eliminate the death penalty. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao announced the reforms Monday [IANS report], which some experts believe could lower the number of executions in [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Abu Ali, a US citizen who allegedly joined al-Qaida while studying abroad in Saudi Arabia, pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of providing material aid to terrorists [DOJ indictment]. Ali, a former Virginia high school valedictorian, is accused of plotting to assassinate President Bush, in addition to providing [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] After a Monday meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile], UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that the UN will establish a register of property damage caused by the construction of Israel's two-year-old West Bank separation barrier [Israel MOD website]. Annan said the UN position on the barrier [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations' Commission on Human Rights [official site] began its annual six-week session on Monday. This year's meeting may produce significant criticism of human rights abuses committed by the US against prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. Activist groups, such as Human Rights Watch [official site], are calling for [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition members in Hong Kong's legislature expressed outrage Monday at the weekend announcement [JURIST report] that the elected successor to Tung Chee-Hwa, Hong Kong's former executive who resigned last Thursday [JURIST report], would only serve the remainder of Tung's term instead of a full five years. The decision, announced [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe [government website] Monday quashed an order from the state Media Commission denying the independent newspaper Daily News [official website] a license to publish. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku advised the Harare paper, banned since September 2003, to submit a new license application to the Commission. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party [official website] announced a draft bill Monday that would give the President of Taiwan the power to take action to "safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty and territory" - if necessary, without legislative approval. The draft legislation, brought forward in response to China's newly-passed anti-secession law [JURIST [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a report submitted last week to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [JURIST report], the Israeli Cabinet Sunday agreed to remove the 24 Jewish outposts established on the Palestinian West Bank since Sharon took power in March 2001. Outposts - unofficial plantings of Isreali citizens in Palestinian territory [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Gojko Jankovic, a Bosnian Serb paramilitary leader, was transferred to the detention facility for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Monday after surrendering to Serbian authorities over the weekend. Jankovic is accused of encouraging his soldiers to perform acts of rape and torture on women [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 Monday, March 14.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 10 AM ET today to begin consideration of the FY 2006 budget resolution. Watch a live webcast of proceedings. The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] [read more]

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