Legal news from Friday, July 1, 2005
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities news, the White House Friday formally filed papers with the Senate for the nomination of Congressman Christopher Cox [official profile] as new Chairman of the SEC. Cox, a Republican from California, was informally tabbed [JURIST report] early last month. The filing follows former SEC [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling [PDF text] today expanded the number of civil penalties which properly belong to school districts under the state constitution [text]. The court upheld most of a 2003 court of appeals decision [text] and expanded the list of civil penalties [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] For the first time Friday, a senior American military official publicly confirmed [DOD transcript] abuse of detainees and prisoners by Iraqi security forces. Major General David Rodriguez said in a briefing for Pentagon reporters from Iraq that in the last six to eight weeks there have been approximately forty [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The former head of investment banking at Merrill Lynch [corporate website] who was convicted last year in connection with Enron's bogus sale of power barges, will report to a low security federal prison in Hopewell, Virginia [prison website] on July 14 to serve his two and a half year [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi [Wikipedia profile] promised Friday that an investigation into allegations of fraud in the May 15 election, which left Zenawi in power, would be "totally transparent and fair." Zenawi said the investigation, which includes international observers, shows his Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) [Wikipedia [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish parliament [official website, in Turkish] has re-approved amendments to the country's new European Union oriented penal code, overriding an earlier veto [JURIST report] by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official profile]. The new code includes the first major changes to Turkish law in 79 years and is intended [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the UN Security Council [official website] discussed the worsening housing crisis in Zimbabwe during Thursday's session, with several members expressing their reluctance to consider the issue. The British and acting US ambassadors to the UN both expressed concern with the fallout from "Operation Restore Order", [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A French court has sentenced Mauritanian Ely Ould Dah to 10 years in prison for torturing military officers abroad. Dah, a high ranking military officer in Mauritania, was sentenced in absentia Friday for torturing military officers in his home country [Amnesty International report]. The trial marks the first time [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] At a parliamentary hearing on relief efforts, Indonesian lawmakers Friday assailed the government's response to the December 26 tsunami [JURIST news archive], arguing there had been no "significant progress" and demanding a response to claims of corruption. Six months after the disaster, 500,000 people remain homeless and few homes [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of a June 6 state court ruling [JURIST report] that upheld the November 2004 election of Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire [official website], the Washington State Republican Party [official website] Friday paid the state Democrats $15,000 to cover court costs relating to legal challenges. Democrats had requested [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile] took the remarkable step Friday of demanding in an official statement [in Italian] delivered to summoned US ambassador Mel Sembler that the US government exhibit "full respect" for Italian sovereignty in the wake of a controversy over the alleged 2003 CIA abduction [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Software giant Microsoft [corporate website] has agreed to pay [IBM press release] IBM [corporate website] $775 million to resolve claims stemming from the antitrust lawsuit brought by the US government in the late 1990s. As part of the agreement IBM agreed not to file any other claims for two [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting tha President Bush will not pick a US Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor before he returns from the G8 summit in Europe July 8, according to the White House. [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN is planning to send an investigator to Japan next week to look into charges of racism and discrimination against ethnic minority groups in the country, including ethnic Koreans and Chinese, according to a statement by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] More than 100 congressmen on Thursday backed a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would protect more religious expression on public property. The steps are being taken to reverse the holding in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky [opinion; JURIST report] in which the US Supreme Court ruled that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Carrying out his May threat to take over the California prison health care system [JURIST report], US District Judge Thelton Henderson said Thursday he will appoint an independent overseer for the medical facilities. The appointment is expected to take place at a hearing on July 8, along with a [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Karen Schreier Thursday granted a preliminary injunction blocking a controversial South Dakota law [text] passed in March [JURIST report] requiring abortion doctors to tell women that abortion ends the lives of "human beings", or face 30 days of jail time and a $200 fine. According to [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Sandra Day O'Connor [Wikipedia profile], first woman justice on the US Supreme Court, has announced her plans to retire [SCOTUSblog post]. Read the text of Justice O'Connor's letter of resignation [via SCOTUSblog] addressed to President Bush. The Washington Post has more.Read this retrospective [Findlaw column] [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian authorities said Thursday that they have discovered who was behind the assassination attempt by poisoning directed at President Viktor Yushchenko [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] and have traced the substance used in the plot to a facility housing banned chemical weapons. Yushchenko, who won the disputed presidential election [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Three more people were reported dead Thursday as a result of "Operation Drive Out Trash" or "Operation Restore Order", [JURIST report] Zimbabwe's controversial 6-week government demolition and squatter resettlement plan, when police swept through an illegal settlement west of the capital Harare. According to the Director of Amnesty International's [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Of the 15 Sunni Muslims joining members of the committee to construct Iraq's new constitution [JURIST news archive], two are accused of being former senior members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party [Wikipedia backgrounder] while two others have indicated that they supported it, according to a report in Friday's New [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission on Thursday published a proposal [PDF text] to create a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights [press release]. The proposal comes in the wake of an Amnesty International report [PDF text] urging Great Britain's incoming EU Presidency [official website] to make fundamental rights a key issue [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir announced in a national broadcast Thursday a plan to end the country's 16-year state of emergency [Wikipedia backgrounder] by July 9. According to el-Brashir, the adoption of a new constitution and transitional government, following the January adoption of a peace treaty [BBC report] ending the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] In a White House interview with Danish television [recorded video via DR] that aired Thursday, US President George W. Bush said that agreeing to the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol [text] on climate change would have "wrecked" the US economy. Bush noted that other "big polluters" like India and [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] France applied the controversial doctrine of "universal jurisdiction" [Wikipedia backgrounder] that allows states to claim criminal jurisdiction over persons accused of committing crimes abroad for the first time Thursday in the trial of a Mauritanian military officer. Ely Ould Dah is accused of torturing black Mauritanian army personnel [Amnesty [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nigeria's Supreme Court Friday turned back a challenge to the legitimacy of the 2003 election victory of President Olusegun Obasanjo [Wikipedia profile; official website], affirming a lower court ruling and putting an end to a lawsuit over alleged vote rigging. The legal challenge was spearheaded by former military ruler [read more]

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