Legal news from Thursday, April 14, 2005
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] In response to recent refusals by some pharmacists objecting on moral grounds to filling prescriptions for emergency contraceptives or birth control pills, federal legislators unveiled a draft bill [PDF] on Thursday that would require pharmacies to fill all prescriptions, placing the impetus on the pharmacy and not on individual [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Fighting off a barrage of opposition to the agreement, French President Jacques Chirac embarked Thursday on a campaign to save the proposed European Union constitution [official website; treaty text] from defeat in an upcoming national referendum. With the anti-treaty position slightly ahead in opinion polls, Chirac hosted a "town [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] A provincial appeals court has issued what is reported to be China's first ruling that confessions obtained by coercion, torture, or trickery cannot be used in court, and while defense attorneys hailed the decision as an important step toward ending police torture in the country, they cautioned that further [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Utah has struck down the Food and Drug Administration ban on the weight-loss supplement ephedra, pulled off the market by the FDA in April 2004 [FDA press release] after it was found to be linked to some 155 deaths. In a Wednesday ruling made public [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US House has approved the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 [bill summary] by a vote of 302-126 [House roll call]. The legislation, designed to make it harder for those in debt to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and already passed [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors filed new murder charges Thursday against former Yukos [official website; JURIST news archive] security chief Alexei Pichugin [trial website]. Last month, Pichugin was convicted of organizing a double murder and was sentenced to 20 years in jail [JURIST report, scroll down]. In the charges filed Thursday, Russian [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] has dismissed three complaints from the 2004 presidential race involving Ralph Nader [official website] and the anti-John Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [official website]. The three complaints include one alleging that interest group Citizen Works [advocacy website] made illegal campaign [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Justice Department in conjunction with the US Marshals Office [official website] announced Thursday that more than 10,000 fugitives, many wanted for violent crimes, were arrested over the last week as part of a coordinated nationwide effort led by the marshals. Operation Falcon [US Marshals website; factsheet, PDF] involved [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former top Senate staff lawyer Thomas Griffith [DOJ biography] won bipartisan support Thursday from the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], putting him in line to become the first of President Bush's second term appellate nominees to be confirmed. The Committee voted 14-4 to send Griffith's nomination for a seat [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of amateur hockey players in Canada called the "Wednesday Nighters" has filed a claim in Ontario Superior Court [official website] to determine whether who can play for the Stanley Cup [Wikipedia profile], the trophy traditionally awarded to the winner of the National Hockey League (NHL) [official website] [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic Sen. Thomas Carper [official website], of Delaware, has placed a hold on the nomination of Stephen Johnson [official profile] as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency [official website]. A spokesman for Carper said Thursday that the senator would exercise his power to block the nomination. All senators have [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Oregon Supreme Court [official website] has nullified 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples last year. The decision reverses a court of appeals decision [JURIST report] upholding the licenses. Oregon voters approved [JURIST report] a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in the state in [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] warned former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Thursday that he must speed up his attempt to call world leaders, including former President Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday corporations and securities law news, ex-Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic news archive] Chairman Ken Lay [Wikipedia profile] filed a motion with US District Court Judge Sim Lake asking for his trial on personal bank charges be moved to next year. Lay opposes the prosecutors with the [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Edward R. Korman [official profile] Wednesday approved a $21.9 million award to heirs of families whose bank holdings were allegedly concealed and stolen by Swiss banks looking to gain favor with invading Nazis. Holocaust survivors and their families had sued several Swiss banks and accused them [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, King Gyanendra [official profile] of Nepal [government website] has announced that municipal elections will be held within a year to restore the nation to a truly democratic state. Gyanendra, speaking at the Nepalese New Year festival, said that the work of the security forces of [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, the Canadian government [official website] has revealed its plan [text,PDF] to reduce greenhouse emissions in accordance with the Kyoto protocol. The plan, called Project Green[official website], aims at reducing Canada's greenhouse emissions by 270 megatonnes a year by 2012. Critics say the plan is [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following the state Senate's passage of a similar bill [JURIST report] last week, the Connecticut House passed legislation 80-67 late Wednesday allowing same-sex civil unions but adding an amendment specifically defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In a statement [text], Gov. M. Jodi Rell [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Texas businessman and citizens of Bulgaria and Britain have been indicted in connection with the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program [official website] scandal according to US Attorney David N. Kelley [official website]. Kelley has scheduled a late-morning news conference to announce the unsealing of the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website] apologized Wednesday for saying federal judges are "responsible" for the death of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] and reiterated his belief in the importance of an independent judiciary. DeLay has nonetheless asked the House Judiciary Committee [official website] to investigate the judges [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Commission [official website] passed a resolution Thursday condemning Israel's settlements on Palestinian territories by 39-2, with 12 abstentions. The resolution called for the Israeli government to reverse the policy and to take measures meant to guarentee the safety of Palestinian civilians. The group is later [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Gaza Strip Regional Council has authorized a team of 100 lawyers and assessors to negotiate with the Israeli government about moving Gaza strip settlers as a group to the coastal area of Nitzanim in southern Israel [Haaretz report]. When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [official website] announced his plan [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutor general Vladimir Ustinov [MosNews profile] has won a new term in office. Ustinov has recently led the Russian government's legal charge against businessmen Vladimir Gusinsky [Wikipedia profile], Boris Berezovsky [Wikipedia profile] and former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Ustinov, whose term has coincided [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations said Wednesday in an annual report by its High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] that Colombia's human rights situation had become critical in 2004, citing instances of torture and murder by the country's illegal armed groups as well as members of the state security forces. [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 14.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:30 AM ET today, when it will consider H.R. 1268 [bill summary], the Iraq/Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations bill. Watch a live webcast of the session. The [read more]

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