Legal news from Wednesday, March 23, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Florida and a Florida judge engaged in a last-minute legal tussle late Wednesday as the state made what could be its final bid to restore Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. At a press conference held while the Florida Senate was still debating legislation that might have authorized [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] France and the United States locked diplomatic horns behind closed doors in the UN Security Council Wednesday over which court should try war criminals from the long-troubled Darfur region of Sudan. France, along with eight of the other 15 Security Council members, favors the new International Criminal Court in [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) [corporate website] has filed a legal complaint [PDF] against Google News, the most popular online news aggregator. The AFP complaint says Google News infringed its intellectual property rights by pulling and displaying photos, headlines and leads of news stories from the websites of [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] As expected [JURIST report], former Bosnian Serb general Vinko Pandurevic [ICTY case backgrounder] surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Wednesday. Pandurevic is alleged to have been one of the commanders in charge of the forces that expelled or killed most of the Muslim [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Senate has just voted against SB 804 [bill summary] that would have prohibited the suspension of sustenance or hydration of a person in persistent vegetative state when family members disagree on the course of action based on alleged prior oral statements of the person and where that [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request from the parents of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] for an expedited rehearing en banc of their case, which a three-judge panel turned back early this morning. The only legal recourse left for the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A New York appeals court has ruled that Federal Insurance, the company that insured Tyco International [corporate website; JURIST news archive] executives, must pay the legal bills for former CEO Dennis Kozlowski, who is currently on trial on charges [amended indictment, PDF] of grand larceny, falsifying business records and [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking after earlier brief comments on the Schiavo case Wednesday by President Bush [JURIST report], White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Wednesday afternoon that at this stage there was nothing more the President could do. "There really are not other legal options available to us...We have explored all [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website] Wednesday approved a broad constitutional reform bill [Senate bill information] that will increase the prime minister's executive authority, minimize the risk that governments will collapse mid-term, redistribute power between the houses of parliament, and increase the self-rule of Italy's 20 regions. The changes to [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jack Straw [official profile] has announced reforms to the way Britain uses its secret intelligence. Straw announced the reforms Wednesday as part of a written statement [text] to Parliament on the government's implementation of the recommendations in the Butler report [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, and Mexican President Vicente Fox Wednesday unveiled the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America [White House press release], a pact which seeks to broaden cooperation on security and economic issues. Included among the goals of the pact's security agenda [White House [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Senate has begun debate on Terri Schiavo legislation. An amended version of SB 804 [bill summary] would prohibit suspension of sustenance or hydration of a person in persistent vegatative state when family members disagree on the course of action based on alleged prior oral statements of the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. [official profile] has extended a temporary restraining order barring the US from transferring Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to the custody of foreign countries. Judge Kennedy extended the restraining order for another 10 days Tuesday, saying he needs additional time to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] said Wednesday that it has rejected part of Microsoft's [corporate website] plan to comply with sanctions that were imposed last year after the Commission found that Microsoft violated European antitrust laws [decision text, PDF; archived Commission press release]. In addition to imposing a record [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the parents of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] have opted to seek an expedited rehearing of their case by the full US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals en banc [full court roster] instead of pursuing an immediate appeal to the US Supreme Court, the course [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST]Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] upheld a district court's ruling which froze $37.6 million in termination pay and bonuses to two Gemstar TV Guide International [corporate website] officials. The SEC had settled with the two executives, former [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The parents of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] prepared a last-ditch appeal to the United States Supreme Court Wednesday after the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the early hours of the morning refused to authorize a re-insertion of Schiavo's feeding tube [JURIST report], removed [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court has ruled that a controversial law requiring prisoners, parolees, and others on probation to submit DNA samples to an FBI DNA identification database [AP report] in constitutional. Judge Jane R. Roth, for the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote Monday that although such an [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's Justice Ministry [official website in Japanese] said Wednesday that despite US requests to hand over fugitive former US chess champion Bobby Fischer, it would release him so that he could go to Iceland [government website], which Monday granted him citizenship [JURIST report]. Fischer became a hero in Iceland [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United States Tuesday presented three draft resolutions on Sudan to the UN Security Council [official website] in an effort to obtain agreement on critical issues that to this point has been stymied by a deadlock over the locus of criminal prosecutions for war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Associated Press [media website] by several Navy SEALs and the wife of a US special forces member claiming that the wire service published photos [AP gallery from Spain's El Mundo] of the servicemembers with Iraqi prisoners without permission and that the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have asked to intervene in the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] lawsuit against former Hollinger CEO Conrad Black [CBC profile], former company president David Radler, and Hollinger, Inc., confirming for the first time that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the newspaper tycoon and his [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] European leaders are rallying around French President Jacques Chirac and trying to avoid a negative French vote on the European constitution [official website; treaty text] by calling for revisions of European Union [official website] economic reform plans at the ongoing Council of the European Union [official website] summit. Recent [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a 2-1 decision issued early Wednesday morning, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] refused to order that Terri Schiavo's [JURIST news archive] feeding tube be re-inserted. The appeals court agreed with the earlier district court decision [PDF text; JURIST report] that Schiavo's parents [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 Wednesday, March 23.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April 4.The European Council [official website] session continues today, with the second working session set to begin at 9:30 AM [read more]

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