Legal news from Thursday, May 19, 2005
21:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of both parties brought race into the equation Thursday in the continuing Senate floor fight over President Bush's judicial nominees [JURIST report] and the Senate's own filibuster rules. GOP Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] held a news conference accompanied by the chairman of a group of black [read more]

20:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge issued a second 10-day restraining order Thursday blocking US congressional efforts to obtain documents that former investigator Robert Parton took with him when he resigned his role [JURIST report] in the probe of the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website]. A United Nations-appointed committee independently investigating the [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nine individuals have been served search warrants as part of the federal investigation into the theft of over 300,000 personal records [JURIST report] taken during a digital break-in of LexisNexis Inc. [corporate website] disclosed earlier this year. Personal computers and discs were removed from several locations including the homes [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Defense Minister General Marcel Gatsinzi apologized Thursday before a Gacaca court [Wikipedia backgrounder] for taking part in the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder]. Minister Gatsinzi is the first high-ranking official to request a pardon for his role in the genocidal regime amidst accusations by survivors claiming he provided [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] has refused to sign a controversial bill that would have severely limited the rights of NGOs to act in Zimbabwe [government website], according to newspaper reports. The Non-Governmental Organisations Bill [Human Rights Watch backgrounder] was passed by the Zimbabwean [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The leaders of French, Germany, and Poland banded together Thursday in defense of the EU Constitution [text] just ten days before the French vote on the document. French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerard Schroeder, and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski have joined forces after a meeting in eastern France, [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Three hedge-fund managers must pay $2.4M to settle charges that the companies used illegal stock trading tactics to profit off 22 other companies. Galleon Management LP, Oaktree Capital Management LLC and DB Investment Managers Inc. were alleged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] to have violated [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Real IRA [BBC backgrounder] member Sean Gerard Hoey faces 61 new charges connected to the 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC backgrounder] which killed 29 people and injured over 300. Hoey was already faced murder charges [JURIST report] for his involvement in the bombing, the worst single atrocity in all of [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Anti-Castro Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile] was been charged by US immigration officials Thursday with illegally entering the country. Carriles, wanted in Venezuela and Cuba for his alleged connection to a 1976 bombing of a Cuban airline bounds for Caracas, could potentially be deported from the [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Ohio Supreme Court [official website] ruled Thursday that the four lawyers who filed a claim citing widespread fraud in the 2004 presidential election should not be punished. Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro [official website] had attempted to file a suit against the lawyers, stating that they filed a [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Thursday announced their opposition to a provisional release of Kosovo's former prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, pending trial. Albanian Haradinaj, who had pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] on 37 counts of war crimes [ICTY indictment], was a former [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers Thursday finalized a pool of 12 jurors and 10 alternates for the trial of former University of South Florida computer science professor and Palestinian human right activist Sami Al-Arian [defense website, Wikipedia profile; United Faculty of Florida backgrounder] on charges that he financed terrorism [JURIST report]. The defense [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The alleged sole survivor of a group responsible for the Beslan school hostage crisis [Wikipedia backgrounder] which last September led to the deaths of 344 people, including at least 172 children, pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Russian court sitting in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia where [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile] will be back in court next week for a second Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] in advance of a possible new trial at Fort Hood [JURIST report]. Earlier this month a judge threw out her guilty plea in her first trial for her role [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Testifying before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee [official site], FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism John Lewis said at a hearing [agenda and testimony] Wednesday that environmental and animal rights groups that have turned to arson and explosives are the nation's top domestic terrorism threat [transcript]. [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Wednesday passed a $34 billion Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act [full text], which provides funding for anti-terrorism programs and an overhaul of the current terrorism warning system [DHS backgrounder]. If the bill becomes law, it will limit the scope of future terrorism warnings [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A senior military prosecutor on Wednesday took the unusual step of publicly criticizing a military investigator's recommendation not to court-martial [JURIST report] 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano [defense website] for the deaths of two Iraqis during a search for a terrorist hideout. Maj. Stephen Keane, senior trial counsel for the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The verdict-reading [JURIST report] for Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website] continued into its fourth day Thursday, with the court saying that its sentencing would use less strict guidelines [Interfax report], possibly suggesting a lighter sentence for Khodorkovsky than the 10 years suggested by prosecutors. The court has [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] warned Wednesday that the outcry over a retracted Newsweek story [JURIST report] about religious abuse at Guantanamo is overshadowing genuine incidents where US personnel at the base intentionally offended the religious beliefs of Muslim detainees and desecrated the Koran. The group argued that the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] With uncertainty looming in France, former French president and architect of the European Constitution Valery Giscard D'Estaing [Wikipedia profile] warned on Thursday that there could be no renegotiation of the treaty if French voters reject it in a referendum on May 29. Spain's government ratified the document Wednesday [JURIST [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Officials on Wednesday said a proposal is on the table that would allow the FBI greater access to business records without requiring judicial approval. After consultations with the Bush administration, Republican leaders of the US Senate Committee on Intelligence [official website] have proposed allowing the FBI to subpoena records [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Republicans on the US House Armed Services Committee [official website] early Thursday backed off on an amendment to a defense bill that would have further limited women's participation in military operations, instead adopting the language of a Pentagon policy that bans women from direct ground combat roles. The amendment [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN legal experts met with Indonesian leaders Thursday to launch an inquiry [JURIST report] into the violence and pro-Indonesian militia killings that followed the 1999 independence vote in East Timor [Wikipedia backgrounder] and eventually led to the territory's emergence in 2002 as a fully independent state under the name [read more]

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