Legal news from Sunday, March 20, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner has risen in the US House of Representatives to begin an extraordinary Sunday night pre-Easter recess debate on S. 686, a bill [JURIST text] passed earlier this afternoon by the Senate [JURIST report] that would permit a federal judge to conduct a de [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate has passed legislation to move the Terri Schiavo case into the federal courts. The House is expected to reconvene and vote on the bill later today.5:10 PM - A transcript of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's floor statement in support of the bill is now available:There [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US House Republicans failed Sunday afternoon to pass legislation that would prolong the life of Terri Schiavo, prompting a call for lawmakers who had just departed for Easter recess to return to Washington for a later vote that could come as early as the small hours of Monday morning. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Forty-seven people, including senior aides to French President Jacques Chirac [official profile], face corruption charges for allegedly rigging public works contracts to finance political parties. The trial, which begins Monday in Paris, concerns one of several campaign finance scandals to surface during Chirac's former tenure as mayor of Paris. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Kuwaiti Ministry of Islamic Affairs [description in English; link to Arabic website] issued a religious edict Saturday declaring that Kuwaiti emir Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah [official profile] should have the final decision on granting women political rights if Muslim clerics disagree. According to Saturday's fatwa, "a [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush juggled his weekend schedule [AP report] to return to Washington Sunday to be ready to sign proposed legislation that would send Terri Schiavo's case to the federal courts [JURIST report]. Previously, urgent legislation passed while the president has been out of town has been flown in for [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan's state security court has sentenced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile] to 15 years in prison [Reuters report] in absentia for a plot to attack the country's embassy in Iraq. Zarqawi, designated the most-wanted man in Iraq {AP report] by US authorities, was convicted along with Miqdad al-Dabbas of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb general Vinko Pandurevic [ICTY case information sheet], wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for war crimes [indictment] during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, has agreed to surrender [AFP report] to the UN war crimes court in The Hague. Pandurevic is wanted for his connection [read more]

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