Legal news from Thursday, August 11, 2005
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law brief, former HVB Group [corporate website] executive Domenick DeGiorgio has pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion for his role in creating and selling illegal tax shelters for HVB and its customers. Though auditing firm KPMG [corporate website] was not named in the [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lobbyist Jack Abramoff [Wikipedia profile], once a close friend of US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website], was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on bank fraud charges. The charges are related to a 2000 purchase by Abramoff and his partners of SunCruz Casinos [corporate website] and [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the Oregon Supreme Court has denied a timber company state compensation after the company was barred from logging trees around a bald eagle's nest by ruling [PDF text] today that state wildlife regulation of private property in the form of barring logging does not amount [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] will soon release federal standards regulating how data from toxic pesticide studies on humans can be used, but politicians and some medical experts are claiming that children and pregnant women involved in the studies may be at risk. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Switzerland ruled Thursday that the arrest [JURIST report] of former Russian Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Wikipedia profile] complied with the law. A source at the Russian embassy in Bern said both the US and Russian requests for Adamov's extradition were also found to be legal. Adamov, [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Haitian Justice Minister Henri Dorlean on Wednesday pressed for the release or expedited trial of hundreds of prisoners being detained without charge. Dorlean said it was a violation of human rights for judges and prosecutors to use their positions to hold individuals in jail in violation of the law [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] said Wednesday that the United Nations would be increasing surveillance of its procurement department after recent accusations that a senior official accepted close to $1 million in bribes from contractors. An internal investigative team at the UN on Monday arrested purchasing official Alexander [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] In a backlash against recent proposals for sweeping changes to Britain's terror laws [JURIST report], senior judges in the UK have warned lawmakers that they will stand against any move to undermine their independence in an effort to ensure a democratic society. Their uncompromising stance comes after a series [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush has said that new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; official website, in Farsi] will be given a US visa so that he can attend UN meetings in New York. Earlier this week, the State Department had indicated it was considering denying Ahmadinejad's [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US military is scheduled to complete ongoing renovations to some areas of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by Monday, creating improved facilities for detainees who are deemed no longer a threat to the United States, Brig. General Jay Hood revealed in an affidavit filed in federal court earlier [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two political parties went to court in Kenya on Thursday to try and block a vote on a draft constitution, claiming that President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] manipulated the text to increase his powers. Both the opposition Kenya African National Union [Wikipedia backgrounder] and the Liberal Democratic Party [Wikipedia [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] After last week's initial meeting [JURIST report], the Indonesia-East Timor truth commission officially opened Thursday in Bali. The commission to investigate the 1999 violence in East Timor [Wikipedia backgrounder] is aimed at reconciliation and continued improving relations between the two countries [Jakarta Post report], but, to the dismay of [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Proponents of a ballot initiative backed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] that would change the way political districts are drawn in California have lodged an appeal with the state Supreme Court asking that the issue be reinstated for the upcoming vote. Proposition 77 [PDF text, advocacy website], if [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that former WorldCom CFO Scott Sullivan has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the company's $11 billion accounting fraud, the largest in US history. Sullivan is the fifth former executive from WorldCom to receive a prison sentence. In July, former WorldCom [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Taysir Hayb, a former Israeli soldier, was sentenced Thursday to 8 years in prison following his manslaughter conviction by a military tribunal [JURIST report] for the shooting of Tom Hurndall [JURIST report], a British peace activist [Guardian obituary]. The case is the first time an Israeli soldier was found [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Under new antiterrorism measures [JURIST report] announced last week by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, UK police Thursday detained 10 foreigners, from countries including Jordan, Lebanon, and Algeria, who have been deemed to pose a security threat and scheduled them for deportation. The controversial policy of deporting those preaching [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi leaders continued to work on hammering out the final details of their new Constitution Thursday, with a Monday deadline looming over the talks. Debates over federalism and the role of a centralized government [JURIST report] are still a key stumbling block, although it's unclear if this clash will [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Diplomats at an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] are working Thursday on a resolution that expresses "serious concern" over the restart of Iran's nuclear program [JURIST report], but stops short of asking the UN Security Council to impose sanctions. Instead, the IAEA draft states [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Republican National Committee has spent over $722,000 on lawyers from the highly-regarded Washington firm Williams & Connolly [firm website] to defend James Tobin on vote tampering charges, an RNC spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Tobin, President Bush's 2004 campaign chairman for New England, faces four felony charges that he conspired [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] New documents on the legal career of US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] are expected to be released Thursday by the National Archives and the Ronald Reagan presidential library, but Senate Democrats are continuing calls [JURIST report] for even more material to be made available for [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Omar Bakri Mohammed, the British cleric who fled to Lebanon [JURIST report] after being named in an investigation into possible treason charges [JURIST report] for allegedly praising the London bombings, was detained by Lebanese police Thursday. Bakri, who has dual Lebanese-Syrian citizenship, arrived in the country on Saturday, shortly [read more]

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