Legal news from Thursday, March 17, 2005
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] South Dakota governor Mike Rounds [official profile] Thursday signed four bills restricting abortion in the state, further tightening what some consider the nation's toughest laws on abortion [JURIST report]. One of the bills requires that doctors inform pregnant women that abortion ends the life of a human. Doctors must [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Patricia Seitz gave her conditional approval Thursday to the proposed $25.5 million settlement [JURIST report] between Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust and the US government over a train seized by the US Army in 1945 that was filled with gold, art, and other property, valued at [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a written statement [text] Thursday demanding that Syria withdraw all troops from Lebanon prior to that country’s April and May parliamentary elections in order to ensure that the elections are free, fair, and conducted as scheduled. Syria has pulled its forces back to eastern [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) [official website] threatened to remove itself from Guantanamo Bay interrogations due to the abuse of detainees in late 2002, forcing the Pentagon to review interrogation techniques approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official biography], according to a classified Defense Department report. Excerpts of [read more]

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[JURIST] The Florida House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [bill summary] Thursday that would block the withholding of food and water from patients in a persistent vegetative state when the patient did not leave specific instructions refusing artificial feeding. The bill is designed to prevent the removal of [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Martha Stewart [JURIST Newsmaker news archive] was back in court today to press her appeal [PDF appellate brief] to have her conviction overturned. Stewart attorney Walter Dellinger [law firm profile] argued her conviction should be reversed because of the trial court's failure [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland [Wikipedia profile] Thursday asked federal Judge Peter C. Dorsey for leniency when sentencing him on a federal corruptions. Rowland is charged with trading political access for trips to Las Vegas, Vermont, and repairs to his cottage totalling more than $100,000; he accepted a [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that US authorities have indicted an ex-employee of Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root [corporate website] for defrauding the government of $3.5 million.2:32 PM ET - An Illinois grand jury has laid charges against former KBR employee Jeff Alex Mazon as well as Ali Hijazi, who [read more]

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[JURIST] China [government website; JURIST Country news archive] Thursday announced a political prisoner's release in an apparent exchange for the US dropping its pursuit of a UN censure of China's rights record. Rebiya Kadeer [Amnesty International backgrounder] was released Thursday on medical parole and left for the US for treatment, [read more]

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[JURIST] [JURIST] Afghanistan [JURIST Countries news archive] parliamentary elections originally slated for May will be held in September, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday. Karzai's announcement only confirmed the delay, which had been anticipated [JURIST report] by observers for some time as the country struggled to prepare for the elections. [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A group of class-action suits against cell phone manufacturers has been revived after the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] reinstated the cases Wednesday. The five suits claim the cell phone industry has failed to adequately protect users from radiation emitted by the phones and seeks to [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb interior minister Mica Stanisic pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, torture and deportation on Thursday to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official site] at The Hague. Stanisic faces seven counts of crimes against humanity and three violations of the laws of war [read more]

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[JURIST] The number of reports of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan dropped sharply after a series of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were publicly revealed, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The most current US Army figures on abuse reports show that the number made against US soldiers [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, Nigeria [government website], acting on behalf of the African Union [official website], has proposed the creation of an African war crimes tribunal that would prosecute alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sudan [government website]. The proposal was directed to the European Union [official [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The ACLU [advocacy website], Break the Chains [advocacy website], and the Brennan Center for Justice [official website] released a report Thursday indicating that America's war on drugs is inflicting deep and disproportionate harm on women, most of them mothers. The report states mothers are filling prisons at a fast-increasing [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's Justice Ministry [official website] announced Thursday that Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu [Wikipedia profile] has been indicted for violating the terms of his release from prison. Vanunu completed an 18-year prison sentence in April [JURIST report] for revealing secrets of Israel's atomic program to the Sunday Times newspaper. [read more]

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[JURIST]The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to ban the use of federal money to transfer terror suspects to countries where prisoners can be tortured. The amendment, part of the $81.4 billion emergency spending package [House bill; JURIST report] for combat and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, was approved 420-2 [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ruled Wednesday that plaintiffs in a class-action suit against Primus Automotive Financial Services [corporate website], a lending unit of Ford Motor Co. [corporate website], has proved that the unit discriminated against black customers by charging them higher rates on car loans. The suit [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Protesters in Kenya Wednesday demanded a limit to the president's powers as parliament prepared for debate on a new constitution. The protests came after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official website] appeared to hold back from endorsing a draft that would restict the authority of his office. As Kibaki formally [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST]The US House of Representatives [official website] Wednesday passed legislation [House bill] which would delay the removal of the feeding tube sustaining Terri Schiavo [JURIST Newsmaker news archive] by allowing her case to shift to federal court. The House acted after a Florida appellate court upheld an earlier decision [JURIST [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 Thursday, March 17.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:30 AM ET, and will continue consideration of S. Con. Res. 18 [bill summary], the FY 2006 budget resolution. Watch a live webcast of proceedings.The [read more]

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