Legal news from Tuesday, May 10, 2005
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] said Tuesday that he hoped the Senate could take up the contentious issue of judicial nominations by next week. During a meeting with the press, Frist said the Senate could finish debate on a highway bill and on emergency funding for US [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The newly formed Iraqi government on Tuesday created a 55-member committee that will begin work on drafting the country's permanent constitution by the August 15 deadline prescribed by the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) [text], the interim Iraqi constitution. The committee includes 28 members of the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against three men for plotting the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi [State Department backgrounder] that killed 224 people. The three, Salmin Mohammed Khamis, Mohammed Kubwa Seif and Said Saggar Ahmed, still face charges for alleged conspiracy in connection with the [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russia and the European Union [official website] agreed to work on strengthening political and economic relations during a summit [EU press release] Tuesday, but the agreement was tempered by harsh language by Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] on relations with the Baltic states. During a press conference following [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Tuesday unanimously rejected [opinion, PDF text] a lawsuit brought against Vice-President Dick Cheney for refusing to disclose internal communications of the National Energy Policy Development Group [policy report], Cheney's energy task force [NRDC FOIA documents] composed of government [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court late Monday night ruled that convicted serial killer Michael Ross [advocacy website] was competent to end his death-row appeals [JURIST report], leaving the way open for him to be executed by lethal injection this Friday at 2 AM. Ross is convicted of raping and murdering [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Due to surging numbers of Iraqis held by the US in prison camps, US military commanders have undertaken a $50 million project to expand three existing prisons and build a fourth. The number of Iraqi prisoners has risen steadily, doubling since October and reaching over 11,350 last week. This [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] State officials and rights groups have voiced financial and privacy concerns over the Real ID Act [PDF tezt; UPI backgrounder], the controversial identity legislation passed last Thursday [JURIST report] in the US House of Representatives as a rider on an $82B emergency supplemental appropriations bill [PDF text] for operations [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Hans Blix [official profile], former UN chief weapons inspector and current head of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission [official website], said in a New York press conference Monday that the US is undermining its position as a nuclear power player by not taking the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Fifty-nine percent of Germans are in favor of the new EU Constitution [text] according to a new Infratest poll released just days before the Bundestag [official website, in English], the lower house of the German parliament, votes on the pact Thursday. There will be a second vote in the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] said Monday that it will not release internal documents requested by Senate Democrats serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website], set to vote Thursday on the nomination of John Bolton [official profile] as US ambassador to the UN [US mission [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday ordered former UN Oil-for-Food inquiry [Independent Inquiry Committee website] investigator Robert Parton to cease distribution of commission documents [JURIST report] subpoenaed by the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee [official website]. US District Judge Ricardo Urbina issued a 10-day restraining order sought by ICC [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Philadelphia City Treasurer Corey Kemp was convicted Monday on more than 20 counts for accepting kickbacks during his time in office [JURIST report]. The US Department of Justice had initially charged 12 men [DOJ press release] for corruption in connection with Kemp's financial transactions, including attorney Ronald A. [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Cardinal Roberto Tucci, president of Vatican Radio [official website] and VR director general Father Pasquale Borgomeo were convicted Monday in an Italian court of polluting the enviroment with high-intensity electromagnetic waves and were handed 10-day suspended jail sentences. A 2001 epidemiological study [text] found a higher incidence of leukemia [read more]

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