Legal news from Friday, July 29, 2005
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, the UK's Competition Commission [official website] has concluded that takeover bids from Euronext [corporate website] and Deutsche Boerse [corporate website] for the London Stock Exchange (LSE) [corporate website] would negatively affect competition. In its report, the commission said that either company would [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate has passed [roll call] legislation designed to shield the firearms industry from lawsuits brought by victims of gun crimes. Democrats had opposed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act [text], saying the substantive threat to the gun industry from such suits [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate passed a $14.5 billion energy bill Friday, a day after the House approved the same bill [JURIST report] praised by the Bush administration as a way to increase domestic energy supplies but criticized by environmental groups as a gift to the oil industry. The 1,725-page bill [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] said Friday that the US will be late in submitting a report on its anti-terrorist measures, including the treatment of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The UN received a letter from US officials informing them that "they [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website, in English] has approved a number of new anti-terrorism security measures drafted in response [JURIST report] to the July 7 London bombings [JURIST report] in an effort to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack in Italy. The new regulations make it a crime [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A new report [PDF text] prepared at the instance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] and released Friday criticizes the Sudanese government for its inaction in allowing sexual violence in the turbulent Darfur region [JURIST news archive] to continue and for the lack of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile] will begin facing Senate Judiciary Committee questions September 6, congressional officials said Friday. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Committee, is expected to officially announce the date later in the day but anonymous Republican sources told AP the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been questioned about the repression of a Shiite uprising in 1991 that occured after US and coalition forces pushed the Iraqi army out of Kuwait, Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] investigating judge Raid Juhi said Friday. Saddam was interrogated alone [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan authorities have begun releasing 36,000 inmates, the majority of whom have confessed to taking part in the country's 1994 genocide [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The cabinet approved the provisional mass release [JURIST report] on Wednesday in a bid to free up the country's overcrowded jails, which are past capacity with [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandans voters overwhelmingly endorsed democratic reform in a Thursday referendum on whether to restore multi-party politics [JURIST report] after a nearly 20 year absence. The final results were still being calculated Friday, but early returns from 15 percent of polling stations showed more than 90 percent of voters had [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Army mechanic Sgt. Kevin Benderman [defense website] was acquitted Thursday of desertion from a unit heading for duty in Iraq, but was convicted of a lesser charge related to intentionally evading deployment. After applying for conscientious-objector status [PDF DOD directive] 11 days before his unit deployed, Benderman failed to [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to two US anti-terrorism officials involved in the arrest, Zambian officials have detained Haroon Rashid Aswat, wanted in the US [New York Times report] for allegedly attempting to establish an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon in 1999, and in the UK for questioning in relation to the recent [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday that the program of demolitions and forced evictions called Operation Murambatsvina [Wikipedia backgrounder] has ended, but opposition leaders insist that demolitions and beatings are continuing and claim a top opposition official had been detained. International and domestic criticisms of the program have been [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] London police, reportedly using flash grenades, raided two apartment blocks in Notting Hill Friday making several arrests related to the failed July 21 London subway and bus bombings [JURIST report]. Police would not elaborate as to who was arrested, but British news media say that at least two of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Judiciary Committee member Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) [official website] told reporters Thursday that Senate Democrats will make a "limited and targeted" request for documents pertaining to Supreme Court nomineee John G. Roberts, Jr. [Wikipedia profile]. The request reportedly focuses on about 20 of the more than 300 cases [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] backtracked from prior statements Thursday evening and acknowledged that Bush UN ambassador nominee John Bolton [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] provided Congress with inaccurate information about an investigation. The State Department had earlier insisted Bolton's answer in a confirmation process questionnaire "was [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] said Thursday that not all attacks by Palestinian militants against the Jewish state have received their condemnation because Israel's military response has at times violated international law. The statement came in response to criticism from Israel [New York Times report] over Pope Benedict XVI's failure [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Honduras held Thursday that the Supreme Electoral Court violated two constitutional provisions in June when it opened the door for religious figures to run for public office. The constitutional ban for political activity by religious leaders is stated in the 1982 Honduran Constitution [text in [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] on Thursday praised the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive], a court created to try Saddam Hussein and his allies, and vowed to protect members from purges [JURIST report] because of their earlier roles in the Baath party. Talabani made the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap [official website] announced Thursday that the issue of whether to repeal the state's newly enacted gay rights law has qualified for the November state ballot. The proposed "Act to Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation" [text] adds the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Washington-based Alliance for Justice [advocacy website] has urged an investigation of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) [official website], chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, claiming he violated ethics rules by trying to influence an appeals court decision in Chicago. Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, made the request in [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) [official website] responded Thursday to documents US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile] produced while working at the Justice Department and White House counsel's office during the Reagan administration, stating they "certainly raise some questions in my mind about his commitment" to civil rights. [read more]

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