Legal news from Tuesday, June 28, 2005
21:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a Tuesday evening sitting Canada's House of Commons has passed a bill [C-38 text] that will legalize same-sex marriage across Canada. The legislation, presented by the minority Liberty Party government as a non-partisan "free vote" for MPs other than Cabinet ministers, was approved 158-133. Most members of the [read more]

21:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Tuesday rejected a lawsuit [PDF text] against the Japanese government filed by 15 Asian women who claim Japanese soldiers forced them to act as "comfort women" [Wikipedia backgrounder], or sex slaves, during World War II. The court said it [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a primetime TV address to the nation from Fort Bragg, NC, marking the one-year anniversary of the return of local sovereignty to Iraqi hands [JURIST report] President Bush has focused primarily on security-related issues relating to the ongoing American military presence in the country, but also called on [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Virginia co-ordinator of Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign [campaign website] pleaded guilty to charges of election fraud on Tuesday. James Polk will serve 30 days of house detention and pay a $2500 fine for attempting to put Nader on the Virginia ballot by illegally certifying petitions. Nader's name [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Two Rwandan businessmen were found guilty by a Brussels court Tuesday on 81 charges of murder and war crimes related to the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder] during which 800,000 people were killed. Half-brothers Samuel Ndashyikirwa and Etienne Nzabonimana, who have repeatedly denied any involvement in the genocide, were [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news,the UK's Financial Services Authority [official website] has fined Citigroup [corporate website] $25 million for flooding the market with bonds. Though the transaction was not illegal, it was against standard practice for European bond trading. In a press release, the FSA said that [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House is expected to approve 70 changes proposed by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction [official website] after a three-month investigation by the National Security Council which will be made public Wednesday. The recommendations were outlined in a [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] today that the state's Public Service Commission [official website] acted properly in approving a coal-fired power plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. S.C Johnson & Son and the environmental group Clean Wisconsin [press release] challenged the plant saying that [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [ICJ profile] said Tuesday that the UN has learned of serious allegations that the US is secretly detaining prisoners aboard military vessels, perhaps in the Indian Ocean in the vicinity of the US island base at Diego Garcia [official website]. Nowak acknowledged [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Minister of State Joe Comuzzi [official profile] resigned from the government Liberal cabinet Tuesday hours before a scheduled parliamentary vote on a controversial same-sex marriage bill [C-38 text]. Comuzzi, Minister of State for Northern Ontario, informed Prime Minister Paul Martin [official website] early Tuesday that he could not [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] has formally asked a federal judge to impose $14 billion in penalties on cigarette companies in a massive racketeering trial. The request made late Monday elaborates on smoking cessation proposals made earlier this month during the trial's closing arguments. The proposed program [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian opposition presidential candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of forgery as hundreds outside the courthouse protested his trial as a attempt to eliminate any rivals to current President Hosni Mubarak [official profile]. The case, in which Nour is accused of forging signatures [JURIST [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] Tuesday ruled unanimously [text] that Rwandan Leon Mugesera [CTV profile], accused of inciting genocide, must be deported from Canada. In 1992 Mugesera gave a speech in Rwanda encouraging Hutus to kill Tutsis, a speech the Supreme Court of Canada concluded could be [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday upheld civil contempt of court findings against four reporters unwilling to reveal their sources for articles about Los Alamos [official website] nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee [Wikipedia profile]. The court did overturn a [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Tuesday passed a controversial energy bill [text] giving large sums of money to industry in incentives and pushing for more efficient use of energy through renewable resources. Republican and Democrats came together to pass the bill 82-12 [roll call] but it can only become law [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A jury has found former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] not guilty on charges of wire and mail fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [summary]. Scrushy was the first CEO to be charged with violating the act. The jury, originally given the case [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review for the third time a 19-year old abortion case. In 1994 the Court held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) [text] could be used to challenge anti-abortion blockades of clinics. When the suit went back to trial plaintiff [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Insurgents struck the convoy of Dhari Ali al-Fayahd with a suicide car bomb on Tuesday, killing the senior member of Iraq's parliament along with his son and three bodyguards. Al-Fayahd, a Shiite in his 80s who was misidentified as Sunni in early press reports, was the second parliamentarian killed [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Corps of Engineers' top contracting official Bunnatine Greenhouse testified [opening statement PDF] Monday at a hearing [PDF] before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee [official website] that after "exhausting all internal avenues" she had to "disclose to appropriate members of Congress serious and ongoing contract abuse" by Halliburton [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian officials Tuesday announced a new series of anti-terror raids in Sydney and Melbourne, re-igniting a debate over the country's tough anti-terrorism laws. No arrests were made or individuals detained as a result of the second sweep in a week by agents of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization [official [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] According to a senior United Nations official, top Kyrgyz officials promised Monday not to forcibly deport Uzbek refugees who fled a bloody May uprising in Andijan [JURIST report]. Approximately 450 of the 500 Uzbeks who originally fled to Kyrgyzstan remain, with four of the refugees deported [JURIST report] earlier [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Advanced Micro Designs (AMD) [corporate website] announced [corporate press release, open letter from CEO] Tuesday that it has filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against rival chip-maker Intel [corporate website]. The suit was filed yesterday in US District Court in Delaware and alleges that Intel bullied 38 companies [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's anti-corruption panel has cleared ex-prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] and six former ministers of charges of misusing funds. According to a spokesman for the corruption commission, there was not enough evidence to find the accused guilty. Deuba and another former minister, Prakash Man Singh nontheless remain [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] An American-born Israeli soldier who refused to participate in the evacuation of settlers from Gaza [JURIST news archive] will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, pending a possible continuance by his lawyer. Cpl. Avi Bieber was pulled away by fellow soldiers on Sunday [AP report] after telling his commander [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Milan judge Tuesday sentenced 11 men to up to two and a half years in jail for their roles in one of Europe's biggest financial scandals, the 2003 collapse of Parmalat [official website in English; BBC Q&A]. Based upon a plea bargain, the convicted men, including founder Calisto [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Muslim Russian national held at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] from summer 2002 to February 2004 has filed a lawsuit against the US government alleging rights abuses. At a press conference on Tuesday in Moscow Airat Vakhitov - formerly an imam at a mosque in Tatarstan - said the [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday overturned the acquittals of 13 men in a gang-rape case and ordered them re-arrested after an appeal by the victim, Mukhtar Mai [BBC profile]. The attack was supposedly ordered by village elders in retaliation for an affair her brother had with a higher-caste [read more]

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