Legal news from Monday, April 25, 2005
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] Admitting that nations cannot effectively tackle the issues alone, delegates to the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] in Bangkok, Thailand, concluded their session Monday by pledging international cooperation and an integrated approach in international crime prevention and anti-terror efforts. Participants, numbering more than 3,000 [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Senate leaders Bill Frist [R-Tenn.] and Harry Reid [D-Nev.] have been meeting privately in hopes of reaching a deal in which Senate Democrats would allow confirmation of at least two of President Bush's seven disputed nominees for appellate judgeships, but only as part of a larger agreement in which [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US investigation into the accidental shooting death of an Italian agent in Iraq by American soldiers has cleared the troops of the wrongdoing, an Army official said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official also said that the troops will not be disciplined in the matter, but [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, the suspected leader of al Qaeda in Spain, has denied any connection to Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta [Wikipedia profile], as well as accusations that he helped arrange a planning meeting between Atta and another suspected Sept. 11 hijacker. Barakat Yarkas, also known as Abu [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US has indicted Haji Bashir Noorzai, an accused Afghan heroin kingpin, in a massive narcotics conspiracy involving Afghanistan's former Taliban regime [Wikipedia profile]. US Attorney David Kelley [official website] announced [Kelley press release, PDF] the indictment against Noorzai, one the world's most wanted drug kingpins [US State Dept. [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Justice Department [official website] and the SEC [official website] are close to announcing a settlement with bankrupt cable television provider Adelphia Communications Corp. [corporate website] over the company's accounting issues. Under the terms of the settlement, Adelphia would pay $715 million into a compensation fund. The Rigas family, [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a historic step for ex-communist Romania and Bulgaria, the two countries Monday signed an accession treaty with the European Union (EU) [official website] which should lead to them joining the bloc in 2007. They were left out of last year's EU enlargement from 15 to 25, including the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi politicians again delayed naming a government on Monday, prolonging a three-month political vacuum in the country. Jawad al-Maliki, a top member of the main Shiite alliance that won January's elections, said wrangling over appointments to key ministries had put off Monday's expected announcement of a proposed cabinet. Shiites, [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Industry leaders including Microsoft and Oracle spoke out on Monday about the need to reform US patent law to curb abusive litigation and protect technological development. The Senate Judiciary Committee [official site] plans to meet later today to discuss patent reform, with Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and lawyers for [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian president Vladimir Putin [official site, English version] stressed the need for a law-based society in his annual State of the Nation address on Monday, and encouraging investors to keep their money in Russia. "Tax authorities have no rights to terrorize business," Putin said in a 47-minute speech in [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Florida's insurance regulation commissioner [official website] announced subpoenas have been sent to officials at 17 insurance companies, including units of American International Group Inc. [corporate website], Chubb Corp., Swiss Re AG [corporate website], Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s unit National Indemnity Company of the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Arthur Andersen [Wikipedia entry], the former accounting giant which lost its licenses in the Enron collapse, announced a settlement on Monday with WorldCom investors who had accused the firm of violating securities laws and failing to protect them from WorldCom's $11 billion accounting fraud. Details of the settlement were [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Armenians around the world have been remembering the massacre of their people ninety years ago by the Ottoman Empire [Armenian National Institute backgrounder]. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the Armenian city of Yerevan Sunday to pay their respects. In the US, hundreds of Armenian-Americans marched in [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Oregon v. Guzek (docket 04-928), a death sentence case involving a convicted murderer's efforts to bring evidence into his sentencing hearing that would cast doubt on the conviction. A ruling here could clarify the Supreme Court's 1988 decision in Franklin v. [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following yet another interruption because of his health problems, the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] resumed Monday at the International Court Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [court website]. Milosevic stayed out of court late last week after doctors warned him that he [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Legislative Commission of the National People's Congress [backgrounder] of China has presented a draft interpretation of Hong Kong's Basic Law [official text] that would permit a new Hong Kong Chief Executive to be elected to the remainder of the original executive term of his predecessor if that is [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UK newspaper has disclosed that the legal advice rendered to Prime Minister Tony Blair's government on the eve of the Iraq war included multiple caveats that were not included in a one-page summary supporting the conflict that was released to Parliament at the time. A copy of the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The top UN investigator in Afghanistan, M. Cherif Bassiouni [academic profile], has been released from his post following his issuance Thursday of a report [JURIST report] to the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] heavily critical of US-led military forces in Afghanistan, alleging that they had made unlawful [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website] reported Sunday that prison incarceration rates for 2003 - 2004 hit an all-time high, with nearly 2.3 percent of the population being jailed for some length of time. The study showed that while crime is decreasing, the incarceration [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 Monday, April 25.The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first, Halbert v. Michigan [Duke Law School case backgrounder], 03-10198, the Court [read more]

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