Legal news from Friday, August 26, 2005
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, US Bankruptcy Judge Eugene Wedoff [official profile] has granted United Airlines [corporate website] an extension to file its final bankruptcy plan. The plan, which was due in September, will now be due November 1st. The judge said the 60-day extension will be [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that as the deadline on Thursday's one-day extension for an Iraqi constitutional accord expires early Saturday morning local time in Baghdad a Sunni Arab negotiator has said no agreement has been reached with Shiites and Kurds on the proposed Iraqi charter [JURIST news archive] and has [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A British High Court judge has warned that forcible returns of failed asylum seekers to Iraq could be unlawful. While not blocking removals during the urgent judicial review application brought by a Kurdish Iraqi, Justice Lawrence Collins said it was "improper" to enforce removals of people who may be [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania John R. Padova ruled Friday that the US Department of Defense does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania National Guard [official website] division without approval of Governor Ed Rendell [official profile]. The judge held that the DOD's recommendation [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Syria is ready to assist the UN investigation into the February assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [Wikipedia profile], a Syrian foreign ministry official told AFP Friday. Lebanese news reports said that German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis [JURIST report] would meet "a Syrian representative" in Geneva within 24 [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani [Wikipedia profile] announced Friday that Iran is not concerned about possible UN Security Council [official website] action on its continued uranium enrichment activities but said that the nation planned to present new ideas aimed at reducing suspicions about its nuclear agenda. Larijani said [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Four California Republican lawmakers have announced that they will introduce legislation which would give California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official profile] the ability to declare a state of emergency along the border with Mexico. Current California law allows the governor to declare emergencies for war, epidemics, natural disasters, and "local [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website] has ended his four-day hunger strike [JURIST report], his lawyer announced Friday. Khodorkovsky began the protest after his business partner and co-defendant Platon Lebedev was placed in solitary confinement for refusing to take a required daily walk, though [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James L. Ryan issued an order Thursday allowing corrections officials to forcibly feed and hydrate John Allen Muhammad [Wikipedia profile], who received the death penalty [JURIST report] for a murder during the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks [Wikipedia backgrounder], if he did not voluntarily end [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] DNA evidence has confirmed that remains exhumed from a suburban Chicago cemetery in June are those of Emmett Till [Wikipedia profile], a 14-year-old African American boy slain in Mississippi in 1955. The exhumation [JURIST report] was the final step in the US Department of Justice investigation into the murder. [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Osman Hussein [Wikipedia profile], apprehended in Rome [JURIST report] as a suspect in the failed July 21 London bombing attacks [JURIST report], Friday challenged an Italian court's approval of his extradition to Britain [JURIST report]. According to his lawyer, Antonietta Sonnessa, it would be impossible for the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] has asked the FBI for "all information and documents it has" pertaining to "Able Danger" [Wikipedia profile], the US Army intelligence program alleged to have identified Mohammed Atta [Wikipedia profile] and three other 9/11 hijackers as members of al-Qaeda in [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] announced Thursday that it, along with an unnamed library, has filed suit [press release] in the US District Court of Connecticut against US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller challenging the constitutionality of a provision of the USA PATRIOT [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Merck [corporate website] is considering settling some of the thousands of state and federal lawsuits [JURIST report] it faces for the distribution of its painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive], a spokesman for the company's legal team said Friday. This latest statement follows last week's $253 million Texas jury verdict [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian diplomats meeting with members of the Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] looking into the now defunct UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive] have said that Russian companies did not violate UN sanctions against Iraq while participating in the humanitarian program. As described in a Russian Ministry [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Service Academies released its report [PDF text; press release] Thursday, announcing that, despite some progress, hostile attitudes and inappropriate treatment of women persist at the US Military Academy [official website] at West Point and the Naval [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Following a one-day extension in negotiations [JURIST report] on the Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive], the speaker of the National Assembly said Friday that if consensus cannot be reached by the end of the day, the draft charter would bypass parliament and would instead be approved by [read more]

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