Legal news from Friday, May 27, 2005
17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] to overturn a decision [opinion text] made last year by a US District Court preventing the government from conducting secret searches of communications records. The District Court ruling came in a case considering whether an [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Johannesburg High Court has banned the release of a newspaper article revealing a corruption scandal involving the nation's ruling African National Congress (ANC) [political party website], requiring South Africa's leading independant newspaper, the Mail and Guardian [media website], to prevent the distribution of its entire 45,000 issue run. [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former US nuclear weapons workers can soon start filing claims for compensation for exposure to radiation [US Labor Department press release] and other industrial toxins while working on cold-war era nuclear weapons. The program details [DOL procedures for filing claims and determining eligibility] were released for living workers on [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration Friday refused a request to extradite Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela, citing inadequate supporting evidence. Carriles is suspected of bombing a plane carrying 73 people to Caracas and has been charged by US authorities [JURIST report] for entering the country illegally. The request had [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leader of the banned Batasuna party [Wikipedia entry], the political wing of Basque separatist group ETA [Wikipedia entry], Arnaldo Otegi was freed on bail Friday after two days in a Madrid prison. Otegi was freed after his lawyer put up $400,000 euros to secure his release from the high-security [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The former national finance director of the Hillary Rodham Clinton [official website] Senate campaign, David Rosen, was acquitted Friday of two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. Prosecutors argued that Rosen lied to conceal the mounting costs of a 2000 fundraising event, disclosing only $400,000 [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mayor of New Paltz [official website] Jason West will face trial for attempting to marry same-sex couples last year, New York's highest court announced Friday. West faces 24 misdemeanor counts for violating the state's domestic relations law by marrying couples without licenses, making him subject to fines with a [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Romania on Friday charged translator Muhamed Munaf and Arab businessman Omar Hayssam with orchestrating the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists [Guardian report] held for 55 days in Iraq. The two men were specifically charged with "initiating, funding and coordinating the March 28 kidnapping." Prosecutors believe that Hayssam [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, a high-level source in the cabinet of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] has told news agencies in Zimbabwe [government website] that the administration has decided to push forward legislation that would nationalize all private productive farmland in the nation. The source said that in [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following allegations of religious intolerance and a subsequent Air Force task force visit [US Air Force press release] to the Colorado Air Force Academy [official website], the Air Force has specifically instructed its commanders to exercise “religious respect” and refrain from using their positions to advance religious beliefs. The [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Congolese government Friday denied allegations by Amnesty International [advocacy website] that roughly 65 civilians were being detained and possibly tortured in the southeastern province of Katanga [Wikipedia entry]. The human rights organization said that the detainees were accused by the government of involvement in a succession plot to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Paris investigating the disappearance of four French citizens during the dictatorial reign of Gen. Augusto Pinochet [Wikipedia profile] in Chile has renewed arrest warrants for Pinochet and 18 other members of the Chilean military. The warrants were renewed Wednesday for procedural reasons related to the judge's [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Citing a pattern of fraud at American International Group Inc. [official website], the world's largest insurer by market value, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has filed suit against AIG, its former chief executive, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg [Wikipedia profile], and its former chief financial officer, Howard Smith. The lawsuit, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that the US military has begun an investigation into the shooting death Friday of an Iraqi inmate at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. The army provided only a brief statement. "An Abu Ghraib detainee died from gunshot wounds May 27 at approximately 5am (0100 GMT) [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James A. Redden ruled Thursday that the Bush administration distorted information to downplay the harm that 14 federal dams cause to the endangered salmon and steelhead of the Columbia and Snake rivers, neglecting its duty to protect the species. The ruling means that the issue will [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Despite the recent campaign [JURIST report] by French President Jacques Chirac [official profile] to push the European Union constitution [text], thirteen successive polls indicate that the majority of French voters will vote "no" to the charter in a referendum this Sunday. While all 25 member countries must approve the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] was unable to come to a final agreement Thursday regarding an FBI proposal for increased power [JURIST report] to seize records and mailings in terror investigations under the USA Patriot Act [text]. In a nearly three-hour closed session the members [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush's languishing air pollution initiative received a boost on Thursday when the Environmental Protection Agency [official website] agreed to a request made months ago by the Senate to examine competing legislation. The President's plan, known as Clear Skies [EPA website], failed in a Senate Committee vote in March [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The proposed European Union Constitution [text; JURIST news archive] received overwhelming legislative approval in Germany Friday. With all but one of Germany's 16 states in support of the constitution, the final "yes" vote in the Bundesrat [official website], the German upper house, was 66 of a possible 69. The [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following up an an report yesterday in JURIST's Paper Chase, US military investigators have now identified five incidents in which the Koran was mishandled by US personnel at Guantanamo Bay but have not found any hard evidence that the holy book had been flushed down a toilet. According to [read more]

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