Legal news from Thursday, April 28, 2005
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] on Thursday offered Democrats a compromise [Frist press release] over judicial nominees that would allow appellate court nominations to be voted on but would retain the filibuster for district court nominees. Under the offer, the Senate would be limited to 100 hours [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UK businessman was convicted on Wednesday of attempting to aid terrorists for selling a missile launcher to an informant claiming he was going to attack the US. Hemant Lakhani, a British citizen from India, was found guilty on five charges, including attempting to provide material support to terrorists [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] As briefly reported on JURIST Wednesday evening, the US House [official website] late Wednesday voted to reverse GOP ethics rules on investigating House members that had divided the House Ethics Committee [official website] since the rules were approved in December 2004. By a 406-20 vote [House roll call], lawmakers [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] on Thursday upheld an appeals court ruling [BBC News report] that the creation of "designer babies" to treat siblings with genetic disorders was allowed. Five law lords unanimously ruled that the Human and Fertilization and Embryology Authority [official website] could allow tissue [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] is planning to issue a revised interrogations manual that will expressly limit techniques used at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] that drew outrage when publicly revealed. Army officials on Wednesday said that the new manual, the first revision in 13 years, prohibits stripping [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Food services corporation Sodexho [corporate website] has agreed to an $80 million settlement with thousands of black employees [class action website] who had sued the company claiming they were routinely discriminated against. The settlement, reached Wednesday, requires Sodexho to undertake certain steps to improve diversity in its ranks, including [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi lawmakers have approved a partial Cabinet for the country's interim government after months of delay over the final list. Incoming Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [Wikipedia profile] submitted a list that included 27 ministers and 5 acting ministers, which received overwhelming approval Wednesday from the interim National Assembly. The [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A day after the BBC published a leaked document [JURIST report] appearing to contain part of the UK Attorney General's advice to the Prime Minister on the legality of the Iraq war, 10 Downing Street Thursday released [statement] the full text of the advice, dated March 7, 2003. In [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Vicente Fox announced in a nationwide TV broadcast [official transcript in Spanish; recorded video] Wednesday night that he had accepted the resignation of Mexican Attorney General Rafael Macedo De La Concha. De La Concha had been at the forefront of efforts to prosecute popular Mexico City mayor [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The United States Wednesday formally indicated its opposition to the reappointment of International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] head Mohamed ElBaradei [official profile] to a third term, citing his stances on Iran's nuclear program and nuclear inspections in Iraq prior to the March 2003 war. In the wake of [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed a bill late Wednesday that would make it illegal to take minors across the state lines for abortions. The option is seen as a way of getting around parental consent laws legislated in some states. Although HR 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification [read more]

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