Legal news from Tuesday, August 16, 2005
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Royal Dutch/Shell Group [corporate website] has said that it will appeal a decision which allows a class action lawsuit for stock fraud to continue against the company. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the suit, questioning whether Shell's statements on its reserves [JURIST report] purposely misrepresented important facts, adequately [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [Wikipedia profile], who faces federal bank fraud charges [JURIST report] related to a casino deal, expressed his willingness Tuesday to speak with investigators about the death of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. Abramoff is charged [DOJ press release] with conspiracy and wire fraud in the September 2000 [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Defense analyst and two former officials of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [advocacy website] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiring to obtain and disclose classified national defense information. Analyst Lawrence Franklin, who worked on the Pentagon's Iran desk [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, the US Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit ruled [PDF opinion] today that North Dakota may not use federal water pollution laws to challenge the Army Corps of Engineers' [official website] management of the Missouri River nor may the state's Attorney General force the [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, JP Morgan Chase [corporate website] has settled with Enron for the bank's role in the accounting fraud that lead to Enron's bankruptcy [JURIST news archive]. In a Tuesday press release [text], JP Morgan said that the bank will pay Enron $350 million [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Kurdish leaders insisted Tuesday that they do not plan to secede from Iraq even though they want the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] to provide the group the right to self-determination in order to protect themselves from potential future problems. The issues of self-determination, the role of Islam, [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indicted former Rwandan government official Michel Bagaragaza surrendered himself to officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday. Bagaragaza has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide and complicity in genocide and is alleged to have ordered his own [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian government approved a resolution Tuesday that authorized its formal withdrawal from the Russian-Estonian border agreements, the next-to-last phase that Russia must complete in order to satisfy international legal standards on the withdrawal from a treaty. The Russian-Estonian border treaties, agreed to in May 2005 [JURIST report], became [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun [official profile] said Tuesday that he intends to push for the elimination of a statute of limitations for future human rights violations in South Korea, but said that he isn't seeking to introduce retroactive punishment for acts already outside the statute of limitations, which [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Lusaka magistrate court has held that the Zambian Director of Public Prosecutions has sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial against Patriotic Front President Michael Sata [party profile] on espionage charges. Sata's trial will be held before the Zambian High Court, and will focus on his alleged incitement [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Angolan Supreme Court Justice Caetano de Sousa has been elected by the Angolan Parliament [official website in Portuguese] to serve as the head of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) tasked with supervising preparations for elections scheduled for the first half of 2006. Angola [government website] has been in a [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A special session of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals meeting at the University of Utah [official website] Wednesday will hear arguments about a Utah state law that prohibits the desecration of the US flag [official text]. Several different individuals are challenging the law's constitutionality, alleging that Salt [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein has ordered government lawyers to restore redacted portions of their brief [PDF text] concerning the release of further photographs and video of Abu Ghraib Prison [JURIST news archive] after a closed session review [JURIST report] of the relevant information. Hellerstein said Monday after [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli police officer Yuval Avargil testified Monday in the ongoing trial [JURIST report] against Sami Al-Arian [advocacy website], a former University of South Florida professor that has been charged [official charge sheet], along with three other men, with raising money for and supporting Palestinian Islamic Jihad [MIPT backgrounder] in [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] National Guard acting adjutant general Brigadier Gen. John R. Alexander [official profile] has said that a confidential report released Monday proves that the National Guard unit known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program was not spying on civilians, as ACLU activists and California state Sen. [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Public commentary on the proposed revisions to Britain's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990) [official text] began Tuesday, as the government opened up communication for medical professionals and the general public to provide commentary on proposed changes to the fertility legislation. The HFEA 1990 created the Human Fertilisation and [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights [official website], part of the judicial branch of the Organization of American States [official website] regional body, has ordered the Suriname government [official website in Dutch] to pay $13,000 (USD) to each of the 130 survivors of a 1986 massacre of the N'djuka [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Despite initial optimism, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [official profile] has warned the international community that Cambodia [government website], one of Asia's poorest nations, cannot afford its share of the projected costs for an international criminal tribunal targeting Khmer Rouge leaders. Hun Sen said that Cambodia can only afford [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A series of almost simultaneous attacks and riots in seven of Guatemala's prisons Monday has left 31 inmates dead and many more injured. Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann [official website] said the gun and knife attacks at prisons around Southern Guatemala show the power that gangs have to spread [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] In a Tuesday ruling, the Supreme Court of Israel [official website in English] temporarily halted government plans to demolish 30 synagogues and eight Torah academies in the Gaza Strip. The decision was in response to a petition from Elei Sinai rabbi Yishai Brohan requesting the buildings be moved to [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles [official website] has decided to pardon Lena Baker [African American Registry profile], a black maid, 60 years after she was executed for killing a white man, board spokeswoman Scheree Lipscomb said Monday. Baker, found guilty by an all-white, all-male jury in Georgia, [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Italy has arrested 141 people in an ongoing security sweep [JURIST report], begun expulsion procedures against 701 people, and questioned almost 33,000 people since last month's terrorist attacks in London and Egypt, Italy's Ministry of the Interior [official website, in Italian] announced Monday. According to the Ministry's press release [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi leaders confirmed Tuesday that key unresolved issues in drafting the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] lead to Monday's one-week deadline extension [JURIST report]. According to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite, the primary issues of contention are distribution of oil wealth and federalism; Shiite lawmakers are also saying [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] In a 1985 memo to White House counsel Fred Fielding released Monday, US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] stated that the Court's ruling in Wallace v. Jaffree [text], striking down an Alabama law mandating a one-minute period of silence for prayer or meditation as unconstitutional, "seems [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York has failed to turn over videotapes [OIG report to Congress] showing interviews of aliens held on immigration charges during the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, US Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn Fine [official website] said Monday. The facility [read more]

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