Legal news from Thursday, March 24, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Florida Supreme Court has refused to overturn Judge George Greer's order of earlier this afternoon [JURIST report] blocking the Florida Department of Children and Familes from taking custody of Terri Schiavo. Read the order [PDF]. [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The former head of security for fallen Russian oil giant Yukos [corporate website] has been convicted of murder and attempted murder in a Russian court, the first conviction among former Yukos executives being held in Russia. Lawyers for Alexei Pachugin, who was accused of carrying out murders for Leonid [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission [agency website] took tentative first steps in regulating Internet political activity Thursday by calling for public input on limited campaign guidelines for the medium. While commissioners expressed a reluctance to regulate online speech in any way, draft guidelines [PDF] issued by the commission suggest making [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] France said Thursday that it will delay a UN Security Council [official website] vote on its proposed resolution that would ensure that any Darfur war crimes trials are held at the International Criminal Court [official website]. France drafted its resolution to counter the US position [JURIST report] in favor [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board [official website] Thursday denied the asylum claim of Jeremy Hinzman [advocacy website], the US soldier who deserted his unit before being deployed to Iraq and subsequently fled to Canada, saying that Hinzman did not make a convincing argument that he faced persecution in the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Florida state judge has ruled that Governor Jeb Bush and Florida's social services agency do not have any legal grounds for taking protective custody [JURIST report] of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive].2:56 PM ET - Greer said in his ruling that "The requested intervention [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law brief, a Jakarta Indonesia court has ruled that the travel ban on the six Newmont Mining Co. [company website] executives that has been in place since last October is illegal. Despite the ruling, the executives are still being detained in the country as objects of [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court [official website] ruled Thursday that ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] cannot be prosecuted over the killing of his predecessor as Chile's army chief, General Carlos Prats [profile in Spanish]. The ruling reverses a lower court ruling that had stripped Pinochet of his immunity [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] ABC WFTS-TV in Tampa is reporting that the Florida Department of Children and Families [official website] may have lost an opportunity - perhaps its only opportunity - to take Terri Schiavo into protective custody and restore her feeding tube contrary to a court order. Early Thursday morning around 8 [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Austrian Justice Ministry [official website] has dropped its case against a former Nazi psychiatrist accused of killing children at a Vienna clinic after he was ruled unfit for trial. The government said Wednesday that Heinrich Gross, 89, suffers from dementia and could not stand trial. Gross worked at [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Adelphia Communications Corp. [corporate website] is reportedly close to settling claims made by the US Department of Justice [official website] and the SEC related to the massive accounting and management scandal at the company. Adelphia will pay about $725 million making it [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French appeals court on Thursday affirmed a 2002 conviction of investor George Soros [Wikipedia profile] for insider trading, including a $2.9 million penalty. The court ruled that Soros' 1988 purchase of French bank Societe Generale SA [corporate website] stock with knowledge that the bank might be the object [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A United Nations report on peacekeeper sex abuse released Thursday has described its military arm as deeply flawed. The report, authored by Prince Zeid al Hussein, Jordan's UN ambassador, was issued as a response to repeated allegations of sexual abuse [JURIST story] by UN peacekeepers in missions ranging from [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian citizens may be subjected to expanded "control measures" such as house arrests currently being developed for use against immigrant terror suspects, Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] has said. The proposed detention rules are meant to expand authorities' options in dealing with immigrants arrested on suspicion of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Itar-Tass is reporting that the Kyrgyz Supreme Court has invalidated disputed parliamentary elections. Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev had been flown to Russia and his family had been taken to Kazakhstan just hours after protestors, demanding Akayev's resignation after allegations of fraud, stormed the presidential compound. Court chairman Kurmanbek Osmonov [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court has just refused to issue an emergency stay in the Schiavo case, and will not order re-insertion of her feeding tube. From DC, SCOTUSblog reports that the order reads: "The application for a stay of enforcement of judgment pending the filing [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hong Kong democratic legislator Albert Chan announced Thursday that he will head a legal challenge against the government's plan to shorten the term of the territory's next chief executive from five years to two. In the wake of the March 10 resignation of chief executive Tung Chee-hwa [official site], [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Macedonian interior minister Ljube Boskovski surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] in The Hague Thursday after being charged with war crimes committed against ethnic Albanians. Boskovski, who had been in prison for charges relating to the murder of seven immigrants while [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] has admitted it erred Tuesday when it said the reason it would pay the legal fees [UN press release] of the Iraq oil-for-food program [official website] chief Benon Sevan [official profile] was because of the importance an independent investigatory body placed on his cooperation [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A trial court judge in Ohio ruled Wednesday that the state's new constitutional amendment banning gay marriage [text] prevents domestic violence charges from being filed against unmarried people. Ohio's domestic violence law was not limited to married people. The public defender of the accused, however, argued Ohio's constitution prohibits [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The British government persisted Thursday in refusing to disclose the full legal advice it received from Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] on the Iraq war despite disclosure of a previously blanked-out text in the 2003 resignation letter of a Foreign Office legal advisor that said he had changed [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the parents of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo filed a final appeal with the US Supreme Court Wednesday night after the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused an en banc rehearing of their case [JURIST report]. The emergency petition for stay [PDF text] pending hearing of [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 24.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April 4.American University Washington College of Law will hold a forum on the Geneva Conventions [text] today. Sessions will run [read more]

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