Legal news from Saturday, March 19, 2005
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] WNBC in New York is reporting that US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has announced a compromise with Senate leaders on a federal legislative initiative to keep Terri Schiavo alive by allowing her case to be appealed to the federal courts. The Senate will meet to consider the measure [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ibrahim Jaafari, Iraq's leading Shiite candidate for Prime Minister, said Saturday that he would introduce Sharia Islamic law [Wikipedia overview] and federalism if selected. Jaafari's Daawa party [official website in Arabic] currently holds a majority of National Assembly seats from the January general election. A poll conducted by the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Hong Kong Bar Association [official website] Friday criticized the Hong Kong regional government's recent declaration that under the Hong Kong Basic Law the successor of a chief executive who steps down early shall serve out only the remainder of the unexpired term, calling it the first time that [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Saturday's Los Angeles Times reports that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] will propose significant changes to the organization at a General Assembly meeting Monday. According to a draft copy of Annan's scheduled Report on Larger Freedom [available on the UN website at 10 AM ET Monday] obtained by [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former US attorney general John Ashcroft [Wikipedia profile] has accepted a part-time position as Distinguished Professor of Law and Government at Regent University [official website], the Virginia Beach Christian graduate school headed by evangelist Pat Robertson [Regent University President & Chancellor profile; evangelical profile]. Ashcroft's first course in April [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] has ordered a review of the British government's decision last year [Evening Standard report] to downgrade cannabis from a regulatory B class to a C class, the same as anabolic steriods and anti-depressants. The review, disclosed Saturday [HOme Office press release], comes [read more]

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