Legal news from Monday, August 22, 2005
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, the Financial Times is reporting that the US Department of Justice is nearing a settlement with Big Four accounting firm KPMG [FT report]. KPMG has been under investigation for its creation and marketing of illegal tax shelters and in June, KPMG publicly [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Monday that three more detainees from Iran, Yemen and Tajikistan respectively have been released from the US terror suspect detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and sent home to their own countries. US Defense Department Combatant Status Review Tribunals [US DOD backgrounder] had [read more]

18:08 EDT

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18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the California Supreme Court today extended child support laws and custody rights to estranged gay and lesbian couples who used reproductive science to conceive by ruling that same-sex couples who raise children are the lawful parents and must provide for the children after a break [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Glenn Allen Powell, a former employee of Halliburton [official website; JURIST news archive] subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) [official website], has pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted bribes and defrauded the US government when awarding a contract to an Iraqi company in 2004. According to the plea [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi constitutional negotiators who submitted a draft constitution to Iraq's National Assembly [JURIST report] shortly before the deadline at midnight local time Monday have withdrawn it in the face of continued Sunni opposition, and the Assembly has adjourned without voting in a bid to avoid its own dissolution in [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court refused to rehear the Kelo v. New London [text] eminent domain case Monday, without comment. In June the justices held by a 5-4 margin that the local authority in New London, Connecticut could expropriate private land, homes and businesses for private redevelopment [JURIST report] confering [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the speaker of Iraq's National Assembly has said that the draft constitution [JURIST news archive] has been submitted ahead of the midnight deadline, but that there remain "pending points" that parties will try to resolve within the next three days. Earlier Monday, there were reports [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Shiite member of the committee writing the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] has said that a draft has been completed and will be submitted to the National Assembly shortly, despite ongoing Sunni reservations about federalism.3:23 PM ET - Sunni negotiators are denying that an [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced [press release] Monday that the state has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [PDF text; executive summary; US Dept. Ed. fact sheet]. The complaint [PDF text] alleges that the NCLB is illegal because it requires states to [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Eric Rudolph [Wikipedia profile], who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in April to the 1996 Olympic Park bombing and later bombings at an abortion clinic and gay nightclub in Atlanta, Monday was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences plus 120 years for the bombings. In July, Rudolph was sentenced [JURIST [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Committee of Presidential Elections has rejected any international assistance in monitoring the upcoming presidential elections, the first multi-candidate election [JURIST report] in Egypt's history. Committee spokesperson Osama Attawiya told the Kuwait News Agency Monday that under Egypt's constitution, only the judiciary had the ability to monitor the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday rejected a request by prosecutors to speed up the trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. Milosevic's trial on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity [ICTY case backgrounder] began [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Sunni member of Iraq's constitutional committee [official website] has said that he doubts that a deal can be reached on an Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] "in the next few hours." As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Shiite and Kurdish negotiators have indicated [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting Monday that a draft of Iraq's constitution [JURIST news archive] calls the country a "republican, parliamentarian, democratic and federal" state, but fails to detail the extent of the federalism. The vague language may indicate a compromise between various ethnic groups, with Kurds and some Shiites pushing [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian political prisoner, dissident journalist Akbar Ganji [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website], has ended the hunger strike he began on June 11 to protest the conditions of his confinement, his wife confirmed Monday. The confirmation follows an earlier announcement from the Iranian judiciary [JURIST report] that Ganji had called off [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Arab Regional Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) [official website] has issued a report saying the Yemen [JURIST news archive] judiciary system and employment in the country's monitoring and control bodies is "infested with corruption." The report points to problems with the "fragile" judiciary, including lack [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Statistics from a new US Department of Justice report, Suicide and Homicide in State Prisons and Local Jails [PDF text; press release], reveal that prisoner death rates for homicide, suicide and AIDS have declined substantially in corrections facilities since 1980. Homicide rates in state prisons dropped by more than [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] As Israeli forces work Monday to wrap-up the Gaza pullout [PA MOFA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Israeli police [official website] commander Hagai Dotan announced the arrest of three young extremists who had come to Netzarim, one of Gaza's first settlements, to disrupt the evacuation. The three were detained after [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry official announced Monday that Kyrgyzstan will not return refugees who fled Uzbekistan after an uprising in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan [JURIST report] in May. Zafar Hakimov, director of the Foreign Ministry's migration service department, said that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees [official [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US officials have dropped their objections to Islam playing a role in Iraq's legal system, according to members of Iraq's constitutional committee [official website]. Shiite and Kurdish negotiators have said that US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad has proposed that the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] name Islam as [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] With just a few hours remaining before Monday's midnight deadline [JURIST report], drafters of the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] have settled some crucial issues, but are still struggling with the role that Islam should play in the nation's law, as well aa with questions of Shiite autonomy. A [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] According to a report [DMN article] published Sunday in the Dallas Morning News [media website], eligible black jurors were being excluded from Dallas County juries by prosecutors more than twice as frequently as whites were turned away as recently as 2002. Earlier this year the US Supreme Court overturned [read more]

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