Legal news from Tuesday, July 12, 2005
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to a congressional aide speaking on the condition of anonymity, an unreleased Pentagon report reveals that a top Army general rejected the recommended reprimand of former Guantanamo Bay prison commander Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller [Wikipedia profile] for the abusive interrogation of a detainee. The recommendation came from [read more]

21:07 EDT

[JURIST] British police are bracing for hate crimes against Muslims in response to the announcement Tuesday that the perpetrators of the London bombings were British citizens [JURIST report] and are vowing to handle any calls swiftly and vigorously. Police chiefs and community leaders have met in Scotland Yard to discuss [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Tuesday urged the UN General Assembly [official website] to vote against a draft resolution by the so-called G-4 to expand the UN Security Council [official website] by adding six additional permanent seats and four non-permanent seats to the current 15 members. The debate over the resolution [JURIST [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court Tuesday ordered Tarek el-Zomor released from prison for his involvement in the 1981 assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat [CNN profile]. El-Zomor was a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad militant group [Wikipedia backgrounder] which organized Sadat's murder because it disagreed with his Camp David [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Royce Lamberth [official profile] blasted the US Interior Department Tuesday and ordered it to admit to American Indian plaintiffs [Indian Trust website] that information being provided to them regarding outstanding lost royalties on earnings from Indian land may be unreliable, calling the Department's handling of a [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, a Kentucky circuit judge issued two stays of execution today to allow two prisoners to continue their challenge to the state's use of lethal injection as a form of execution. Last week, the same judge ruled that the use of lethal injection was constitutional [JURIST [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, American Express [corporate website] has settled a lawsuit with New Hampshire and residents of the state. The state said it sued after learning the company had pressured agents in New Hampshire to sell its own underperforming options. New Hampshire had originally asked [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu [official profile] presented new anti-terror measures in Italy's parliament Tuesday amid increased fears of attacks in Italy in the wake of Thursday's bombings in London [JURIST report]. The measures, including provisions allowing police to hold suspects longer who have not been charged, would give [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter [official website], co-sponsor with Senator Patrick Leahy [official website] of a bill to end asbestos injury lawsuits and pay the claims from a private fund instead, said Tuesday he was still urging the bill to be brought forward despite criticism [anti-bill advocacy [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former star investment banker Frank Quattrone asked an appeals court Tuesday to throw out his conviction [JURIST report] due to confusing jury instructions given at his trial. Quattrone, sentenced to 18 months in prison [JURIST report], was convicted on charges [indictment, PDF text] of obstructing a federal [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, the Joint Electoral Management Body [official webiste] in Afghanistan released the final list of approved candidates [official JEMB list] on Tuesday for the upcoming national parliamentary elections currently scheduled for September 18 [JURIST report]. Under Afghanistan's new constitution [text] in force since January 2004, candidates [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] King Mswati III of Swaziland [government website] has officially refused to sign the final draft of the country's proposed constitution [link to PDF text], which passed through both the House of Assembly and Senate of Swaziland in June [JURIST report]. The king had already sent the constitution back to [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Barbara Jones [NYT profile], in a ruling made public Tuesday, has denied a petition by former WorldCom [MCIWorldCom website] CEO Bernard Ebbers [JURIST news archive] for a new trial, opening the way for him to be sentenced as scheduled on Wednesday for the huge WorldCom business fraud. Ebbers [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] European antitrust investigators raided Intel Corp. [corporate website] offices in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy Tuesday as part of an ongoing probe of the chipmaker European affairs by the European Commission, which over the last four years has been looking into allegations that the computer chip giant used unfair [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Tuesday again called for an independent probe [press release] into the May killings of hundreds of protestors by government troops [JURIST report] in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government has resisted previous calls [JURIST report] for an investigation, drawing [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Despite earlier doubts [JURIST report] that the Iraqi constitution will be completed and ratified on schedule in a referendum, Farid Ayar, a member of Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission [official website in Arabic], said Tuesday he is "optimistic" that the vote on the constitution will be held as planned on [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] BBC television is reporting that UK police have made a "series of arrests" in the London bombings case after they identified the body of a bomber who died in the Tavistock Square bus blast. It is not clear whether the bus bomber was a suicide bomber or whether the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Echoing earlier statements [JURIST report] by UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke after last week's London bombings, British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the House of Commons Monday that he intended to stick by the current timetable for new counter-terrorism legislation, scheduled to go before parliament in the fall and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] In his first in-person consultation with Senator leaders on his upcoming nomination of a replacement for retiring US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [JURIST report], President Bush met Tuesday with Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA), ranking Judiciary Democrat Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] After last week's bombings in London, UK foreign minister Jack Straw [official profile] has joined with European Union justice commissioner Franco Frattini [official website] in calling for new EU rules to allow government access to telecommunications data [AFP report]. "I believe that provided there are proper safeguards that no [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice Tuesday ruled in favor [judgment text; press release, PDF] of the controversial EU Food Supplements Directive [text], scheduled to come into effect August 1. The directive, approved by EU governments in 2002, uses a "positive list" system under which substances allowed in health supplements [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Issam Ghazzawi, a lawyer with Saddam Hussein's defense team, currently in some disarray after the resignation of its Jordanian leader [JURIST report] last week, said in an interview [transcript in German] in Tuesday's edition of the Vienna newspaper Die Presse that Iran, not Iraq, is responsible for the 1988 [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US House Judiciary Committee [official site] Chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) [official profile] introduced a House bill [HR 3199 text] Monday to make existing provisions of the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] permanent, but stopped short of adding new provisions recommended by the Senate Intelligence Committee and requested by [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] Tuesday fined [judgment text] the French government 20 million euros ($24 million) for its failure to comply with EU fishing laws, and then, for the first time in the court's history [press release, PDF], imposed an additional 57.7 million euros fine every [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] After a US Supreme Court ruling [JURIST report] in March, the US Tax Court has announced important changes to its procedure, ending the 20-year practice of keeping secret reports [JURIST report] prepared by judges at hearings. At issue in the Supreme Court ruling was the case of Burton Kanter [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill [text] passed final reading in the UK House of Commons [official website] Monday in a 301-229 vote. The bill will now go to the House of Lords [official website], where it faced strong opposition when first introduced in 2002. If passed, the law [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Royal Dutch/Shell Group [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has settled a civil suit [press release] brought by employees in response to the company's overstatement of reserves for $90 million. The plaintiff employees were part of a retirement savings plan and filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security [read more]

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