Legal news from Wednesday, April 20, 2005
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad [advocacy website] announced Wednesday through his political party that he will run for election to the UK parliament on May 5 from his cell in Woodhill Prison [official website] in Buckinghamshire. Ahmad has been indicted in the US [arrest warrant and criminal complaint, PDF] for [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Robert Parton and Miranda Duncan, two investigators from a special panel appointed by the UN to investigate the United Nations Oil-For-Food program [official website], resigned Wednesday in protest over a March report [PDF] that they said was too lax on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Parton and Duncan accused the [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Supreme Court [Corte Suprema di Cassazione; offical website in Italian] Wednesday confirmed a lower court ruling to keep tube-feeding Eluana Englaro, in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident. The appeal was brought by Englaro's father, who believes that she would have preferred to die. The [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Connecticut Senate [official website] Wednesday voted 26-8 to approve legislation that would allow civil unions [SB 963 bill summary] for same-sex couples but specifically defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The Connecticut House [official website] has already approved the bill [JURIST report] and [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Council on American-Islamic Relations [advocacy website], the New York Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Department of Homeland Security [official website], saying DHS unlawfully detained, interrogated, fingerprinted and photographed a group of Muslim-American citizens [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that House ethics committee Republicans say they are prepared to open an investigation into allegations against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website].4:02 PM ET - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings [official website], chairman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct [official website] said Wednesday [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a special session Wednesday, the Ecuadorian Congress [official website] voted 62-0 (there are 100 congressional seats) to remove President Lucio Gutierrez from office under a constitutional provision that allows congress to remove a president when there has been "abandonment of the position." Wednesday's vote avoids a lengthy impeachment [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush has signed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 [PDF text, as reported in House], legislation that will make it harder for those in debt to wipe out their obligations.3:53 PM ET - A transcript of the President's remarks on [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said Wednesday that it will not reconsider its earlier decision [PDF opinion; JURIST report] barring the DOJ from seeking a $280 billion penalty in its racketeering lawsuit against tobacco companies. In February, the court ruled that the Racketeer Influenced [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Education Association [union website] and individual school districts in Texas, Michigan and Vermont filed a lawsuit Wednesday [NEA press release] seeking to force the federal government to pay more of the costs incurred under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [PDF text; executive summary; US Dept. [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Wednesday charged a defense witness for Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] with contempt of court for refusing to testify while Milosevic was not in court due to illness. Judge Patrick Robinson charged Kosovo Serb leader Kosta Bulatovic with contempt [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Twelve NGOs representing Iraq's minority ethnic groups have promised to work together with the transitional government to ensure that minority rights will be protected under the permanent Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] to be drafted by the new National Assembly. The groups concluded a two-day conference in Baghdad Tuesday [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, KPMG LLP [corporate website], the US unit of accounting firm KPMG International [corporate website], has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle with the SEC [official website] over charges that it allowed Xerox Corp. [corporate website] to manipulate its accounting practices to [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that US District Judge Leonie Brinkema has scheduled a Friday hearing [AP story] to accept the guilty plea [JURIST report] of 9/11 terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive].3:31 PM ET - The order noting that "the court finds that the defendant is fully competent to [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] In the latest of several attacks on the federal judiciary, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website] has called the work of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy [Oyez biography] "incredibly outrageous." In a Tuesday interview with Fox News Radio, DeLay said that it's outrageous that Justice Kennedy is "writing [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A legal challenge to the UK postal voting system [Royal Mail guide] set for Thursday could delay the scheduled May 5 national elections [10 Downing Street release]. John Hemming, deputy leader of Birmingham city council, is filing the High Court challenge, alleging that the postal voting system fails to [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ecuador President Lucio Gutierrez [Wikipedia profile] says he is not even considering resigning, despite massive civil unrest and threats of impeachment aimed at his administration. Gutierrez has faced increasing civilian protests against his government, especially since his announcement of a state of emergency [JURIST report] Friday and his firing [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Political parties in Spain [government website] are in an uproar after the ruling Socialist Party [official website] Wednesday initiated a process for officially pardoning victims of former fascist Spanish dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco Bahamonde [profile]. Franco signed orders for thousands of executions while he ruled Spain between 1938 and [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Interim National Assembly [Wikipedia backgrounder] Wednesday demanded prosecution of a US soldier and an apology from the American Embassy [official website] after representative Fattah al-Sheik tearfully described being handcuffed and humiliated at a US checkpoint. Al-Sheik, a Shi'ite, is linked to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr [Wikipedia profile], [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Utah Legislature [government website] passed House Bill 1001 [legislation status page] Tuesday directing state education officials to comply with state education goals before they consider the provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind [DOE backgrounder] legislation. Utah is the first of many states unhappy with the federal [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] said Wednesday that Russian needs to increase its democratic development in order for the US-Russia relationship to deepen. In an interview [transcript, in Russian] with Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy, Rice said that there needs to be an independent media and that [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a story reported yesterday afternoon on JURIST's Paper Chase, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] late Thursday postponed until next month its scheduled confirmation vote on the nomination of John Bolton [official profile] as US ambassador to the United Nations [US Mission to the UN [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 Wednesday, April 20.The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first, Merck KGaA v. Integra Lifesciences I, Ltd. [Duke Law School case [read more]

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