Legal news from Thursday, April 7, 2005
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Justice John Gomery Thursday ordered a partial lifting of a publication ban [Gomery Commission ruling] prohibiting the dissemination of testimony provided on a sponsorship scandal that has created significant political problems for Canada's governing Liberal Party. Canadians had previously been barred from reporting any testimony to Gomery's judicial commission [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international legal news, the continuing dispute over how to remove former Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev [archived profile] has resulted in the postponement of the national elections originally scheduled for June. Akayev signed legal resignation papers Monday [JURIST report] in Moscow, but the Kyrgyz Parliament has not yet [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Congress is considering an amendment to an energy bill which would extend daylight savings time by two months, having it start on the last Sunday in March and end on the last Sunday in November. Representatives Fred Upton [official website] and Ed Markey [official website], the co-sponsors of the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] unanimously voted Thursday to authorize an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [Wikipedia profile]. The United States, France, and Britain sponsored the resolution which gives an independent commission three months to complete an investigation. Secretary-General Kofi Annan [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Tens of thousands on Thursday protested in Mexico City in support of popular Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [official profile in Spanish], who announced his presidential candidacy this morning, but could be barred from running by an expected congressional vote later today that would remove his legal immunity. Lopez [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Three UK bankers whose extradition is sought by the US based on links to the Enron scandal may challenge UK prosecutors for failing to investigate the case, the UK High Court [official website] has ruled. The Court granted review on the case, saying that it was possible that the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Pfizer Inc. [corporate website] announced the suspension of its sales of arthritis drug Bextra [informational website]. The move came after US and European drug regultors told the world's largest drug maker that the drug's risks outweigh its benefits. Pfizer will also add [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Vatican Thursday released the will and spiritual testament of Pope John Paul II [official website; BBC profile]. In the 15 page document [full text in Italian translation from Rome's Corriere della Sera newspaper] the Pope left no material property and asked that all his personal notes be burned. [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] France's Foreign Minister Michel Barnier [official profile] warned a 'no' vote in France's referendum on the European constitution [official website in English; JURIST news archive] will kill the treaty and create a crisis at the European Union [official website]. Recent polls in France have suggested voters will reject the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit hears arguments Thursday on the legality of military commission trials of terror suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base [official website]. Last November, US District Judge James Robertson ordered military commissions to come to a halt [PDF text], saying [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's new presidential council [JURIST report], formally sworn-in on Thursday, has named Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari [Wikipedia profile] as interim prime minister replacing outgoing interim PM Iyad Allawi [JURIST news archive]. The long-awaited announcement gives Iraq [JURIST news archive] its first democratically elected government. Al-Jaafari now has two weeks [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the much-criticized UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] Thursday that its declining credibility had "cast a shadow" over the whole United Nations and that the institution needed to frame a new permanent human rights body to prevent and more effectively address worldwide abuses [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan Wednesday ruled [order text, PDF] that the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] can give troops anthrax vaccinations on a voluntary basis. The ruling comes after Sullivan halted mandatory shots last October [JURIST report] in response to a lawsuit brought by six unnamed [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Connecticut Senate [official website] approved legislation Wednesday recognizing civil unions between same-sex couples, becoming the first state legislature to voluntarily recognize the unions without court pressure. Vermont also recognizes civil unions, but did so only after a lawsuit was brought by same-sex couples. An Act Concerning Marriage Equality [read more]

00:04 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, April 7.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 10 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the session.The US House [official website] is not in session today.The Judeo-Christian Council on Constitutional Restoration [read more]

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