Legal news from Friday, April 8, 2005
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Robert Pratt ruled Friday that a former Nazi guard who became a US citizen must relinquish his naturalization papers and passport. John Hansl of Des Moines Iowa, now 80, came to the United States under a 1953 immigration law intended to exclude people who aided in [read more]

19:04 EDT

Michael Ross [JURIST news archive] testified Friday at a hearing that he wants to be executed next month, defending his right to give up his death-row appeals. Ross says that he wants to spare his victims' families additional agony, but his father and a court-appointed lawyer believe that he may [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Thomas Horne of the Virginia Loudoun County Circuit [official website] sentenced a former Internet spammer to nine years in prison Friday for violating a Virginia anti-spam law [statute text] in the first US felony prosecution for sending unsolicited bulk e-mail. Jaynes was indicted [PDF] when investigators discovered that [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Philip Alston [NYU faculty bio], a UN human rights investigator speaking in Geneva Friday, urged countries to remove their "cloak of secrecy" and disclose the numbers of prisoners executed and those waiting on death row. Alston, an Australian jurist and law professor, remarked that secrecy undermines procedural safeguards that [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Six major electronics companies have been indicted for allegedly defrauding the federal E-Rate program, a $2.25 billion per-year project that assists underfunded schools and libraries in accessing the Internet. While some companies are accused of overcharging equipment and submitting false accounting statements, others are accused of bid rigging and [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Eric Rudolph [Wikipedia profile] has agreed to plead guilty to four terrorist attacks, including the 1996 bombing at the Atlanta Olympic Games. [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile], the former CEO of Yukos [corporate website], concluded their defense of the oil magnate Friday before the three judge panel that has heard the trial for the past 10 months. Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive], once Russia's richest man, has been fending off charges [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] have asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of Padilla's indefinite military detention. The Supreme Court considered Padilla's case last year, but dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds [opinion, JURIST report], saying the lawsuit was improperly filed [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Friday unsealed the war crimes charges against former Bosnian Serb army captain Milorad Trbic. Trbic is charged [indictment] with crimes against humanity on the same indictment as former Bosnian Serb general Vinko Pandurevic [ICTY case backgrounder], who surrendered to [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] In his first interview since being named Iraq's president, Jalal Talabani [JURIST report; BBC profile] said Friday that the country's new constitution will be drafted by August 15, meeting the deadline stipulated in the Transitional Administrative Law [text]. There had been speculation that the draft could be delayed [JURIST [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter [text] sent to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Thursday, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, slammed the Defense Department's proposed changes to the guidelines concerning the detention of enemy combatants for violating protections outlined in the Geneva Conventions. The Joint Doctrine for Detainee Operations [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] While in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, House Republican leader Tom DeLay [official website] has expressed his continued disappointment with federal judges, saying they have "run amok". Speaking by videotape Thursday to attendees at the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration's Confronting the Judical War on [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, opposition members in Togo [government website in French] clashed with police on the first day of political campaigning for the national elections required by the resignation [JURIST report] of Faure Gnassingbe [BBC profile]. Protesters blocked off several streets with barricades of burning tires and were [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Justice Department announced late Thursday that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] will not oversee the Enron criminal proceedings [JURIST news archive]. While no reason was given for the decision, Gonzales did legal work for Enron in the early 1990s, and accepted a $6,000 campaign contribution [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, CSX Transportation Inc. and the federal government have refused a proposal by US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan [official profile] to help settle a dispute with Washington DC officials over the city's plan to ban railroad shipments of hazardous cargo. The ban, passed by [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times reported Friday that documents for a transaction at the center of a wide-ranging probe into American International Group Inc. [official website] were doctored two months after the deal was made. The deal was reportedly "repapered" by mid-level employees of General Re [official website], a unit [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A new poll shows that sixty-one percent of Japanese voters support amending the country's US-drafted pacifist constitution [full text] but there is disagreement about how far Japan should move from its renunciation of war. Article 9 of the Japanese constitution renounces the right to keep a military or threaten [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The two main parties in Mexico's Congress joined forces late Thursday to strip Mexico City's mayor Manuel Lopez Obrador [Wikipedia profile] of immunity so he can be charged with contempt of court, threatening his bid for the presidency in 2006 [JURIST report]. The charges stem from a relatively minor [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, April 8.The US House [official website] opens its session at 10 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast. The US Senate [official website] is not in session.The University of South Carolina School of [read more]

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