Legal news from Friday, June 24, 2005
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] An official with Iran's Guardian Council said early Saturday local time that hardline Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Wikipedia profile; campaign website in Farsi] had a commanding lead over former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [campaign website in Farsi] in the country's run-off presidential election. With roughly 12.9 million of 22 [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, affiliates of both Sprint [corporate website] and Nextel [corporate website] plan legal action relating to the companies' planned merger. In a filing with the SEC today, Nextel Partners [corporate website], a Washington state company that distributes Nextel services, declared its intention to [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, Florida Governor Jeb Bush Friday signed legislation overhauling Florida's state growth and development guidelines [press release] for the first time in twenty years. The legislation calls for $1.5 billion of state money to be spent on highways, water facilities and classrooms in the next year. [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the special criminal tribunal [JURIST report] created by the Sudanese government [official website] to begin the process of trying individuals alleged to have committed war crimes in Darfur is reportedly questioning its legal status to try certain individuals in light of the recently opened investigation [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iran state television announced Friday that the Iranian Interior Ministry would extend the polling hours of the country's second presidential runoff election for the fifth time. The voting started at 9 AM local time and was scheduled to end at 7 PM, but has now been extended until 11 [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The World Tribunal on Iraq [advocacy website] on Friday accused the US of committing war crimes during the invasion of Iraq and claimed the United States has caused more deaths in Iraq than former dictator Saddam Hussein. The tribunal, a group of NGOs, intellectuals, and legal experts with no [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Interior Ministry officials said Friday that intimidation and other abuses were impairing the presidential run-off election between relative moderate and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] and hard-liner and mayor of Tehran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile]. The Interior Ministry, dominated by Rafsanjani supporters, has requested that some [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chief of Staff to UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan Mark Malloch Brown [official profile] told AP Friday that the UN will ask France to pursue a former UN employee accused in the murders of 32 Rwandans during the genocide of 1994, after pressure on Rwandan authorities has yielded little success. [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge has added $130 million to the $1.45 billion verdict against Morgan Stanley [corporate website] a jury awarded last month [JURIST report] to billionaire financier and Revlon Inc. chairman Ron Perelman. The judge took off about $84.5 million because of previous settlements, but added more than $208 million [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a White House press conference [transcript] Friday with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [Wikipedia profile], President Bush reiterated his goal of sticking to the scheduled timetable for a permannet Iraqi constitution which contemplates completion of a a draft by August 15, a referendum on the draft by [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [official website] Friday called for the US to open detention centers around the world to UN experts, expressing "deep regret" at the reluctance to to allow human rights experts to visit with detainees. The organization again called on Congress to create a commission to implement a full [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Federal law enforcment authorities in San Francisco have unsealed an indictment charging 19 people with drug trafficking and using three San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries as fronts for organized crime. In marijuana raids conducted earlier this week [JURIST report] federal agents seized 9,309 marijuana plants, ecstasy, 3 firearms, and [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal court in Lausanne, Switzerland ruled Friday that former Russian nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov [Wikipedia profile] must remain in a Swiss prison pending hearings on an extradition request from Russia, overruling a decision [Bellona report] two weeks ago ordering his release. Switzerland's Supreme Court [official website, in German] [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A three judge panel of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected claims by thirteen states that the Bush administration's decision to let older power plants emit more pollution violates the Clean Air Act [text]. The policy upheld in State of New York v. EPA [PDF opinion] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's police chief has confirmed that 46,000 people have been arrested in "Operation Restore Order," a highly controversial government initiative to reduce crime and illegal buildings in Harare and other towns. The state demolition of "illegal" backyard shacks and showstalls, the arrest of street vendors and the confiscation of [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian official speaking anonymously said Friday that a judge in Milan has ordered the arrest of 13 CIA agents for their alleged role in aiding the deportation of an imam to Egypt [Washington Post report]. Italian newspapers claim the Milan seizure and deportation of an Egyptian known as [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy website; press release] and Planned Parenthood Federation of America [advocacy website; press release] have filed a federal suit claiming Florida's new Parental Notice of Abortion Act [text], taking effect July 1, can delay emergency treatment to girls. The Act, signed by Governor Jeb [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A member of the UN Committee against Torture [official website], speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP Friday that the US has acknowledged to the United Nations for the first time that instances of prisoner torture have occured in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. In a report to the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian lawmakers will extend their current session into the summer to push through the contentious Civil Marriage Act [text], which would legalize same-sex marriage across Canada. Government Liberals thwarted the plan of opposition Conservatives, who have staunchly opposed the bill, to end the session on a final budget vote [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers involved in the huge litigation [official website; JURIST news archive] against Merck [corporate website] over its drug Vioxx [FDA overview] said Thursday that federal lawsuits against the drug company could begin in late autumn 2005. The first state trial begins in Texas next month with two more to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Thursday, visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari [BBC profile] called for the trial of ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to get under way and be "over and done with", expressing exasperation with the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) [official website] constituted [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Bosnian Serb police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday that seven Bosnian Serbs have been arrested in the past two days for involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive]. The attorney general is reportedly pushing for a crackdown on the remaining [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian federal police Friday confirmed the release of 2,665 people arrested during recent election-related protests [JURIST report]. The Ethiopian Human Rights Council [advocacy website] had estimated over 3,000 arrests were made during demonstrations. According to police, the released prisoners were only minomally involved, but the cases of the others [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Interim Dean of Florida A&M University Law School [official website] James Douglas said Thursday that about 10 professors at the law school who have not been paid for the first summer session have threatened to stop teaching if they do not receive their agreed upon salaries. Douglas also said [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The director of Iraq's looted [missing artifacts database] National Museum warned a UNESCO meeting [official website] of the International Coordinating Committee to Safeguard the Cultural Heritage of Iraq Thursday that the purchase of stolen artifacts [BBC report] from Iraq is funding terrorist activity. "Rich people are buying stolen material [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Assembly [official website] voted Thursday to approve one of the country's broadest bans on human cloning [bill text, PDF] in the state where embyonic stem cell research was pioneered [U. Wisconsin Stem Cell Research Program website] and a huge biotechnology infrastructure exists. In a 59-38 vote the [read more]

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