Legal news from Tuesday, August 30, 2005
22:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana Attorney General's office late Tuesday issued a number of clarifications concerning the "martial law" assertions made earlier in the day by local officials and law enforcement agents [JURIST report] in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. According to the AG's office, no such term exists [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Arizona Attorney General's office [official website] has announced that $101 million it seized earlier this year may belong to failed hedge fund company Bayou Management. The Connecticut Attorney General's office said last week that Bayou may have misplaced $440 million of [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court Tuesday overturned the acquittal of four Russian soldiers [JURIST report] in the 2002 murder of six Chechen civilians [Amnesty International report]. The acquittal was overturned due to criminal procedure violations, and Judge Alexander Koronets ordered the case sent back to the same military court that [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings in the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] tottered on the verge of collapse Tuesday when lawmakers stormed out of a committee hearing, claiming supporters of President Gloria Arroyo [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] were trying to railroad them into a decision that could doom the case against [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] In a move officials described as a first among western democracies, the British government Tuesday unveiled plans to outlaw the possession of "extreme pornographic material," described as graphic, sexually explicit material that "contains actual scenes or realistic depictions of serious violence, bestiality or necrophilia." The ban would extend to [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, a Baltimore Circuit Court Judge today heard arguments concerning the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage prohibition. The plaintiffs allege that a 1973 state law which states that only a marriage between a man and woman is valid violates their constitutional rights, and an American [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] in a letter [PDF] to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, set to begin his confirmation hearing next week. The rights group urged Senators to "fully consider his legal and [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has said that detainees held in the US terror suspect prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, must be asked for permission to have their names released before the government can release them to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request. Earlier this year [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human trafficking of women and children is on the rise worldwide, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] said Tuesday. Addressing an Asia-Pacific human rights conference in Beijing, Arbour called for closer regional partnerships to combat human trafficking [UN News report; press release], which Arbour says [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanon [JURIST news archive] has arrested three former pro-Syrian security chiefs, and the head of the presidential guard Mustafa Hamdan turned himself into authorities after an arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [Wikipedia profile], sources said Tuesday. The [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The 32 UN ambassadors who make up the intergovernmental negotiating group [JURIST report] named by the UN General Assembly president last week continued negotiations Tuesday on the text to be submitted to September's summit on UN reform [UN materials]. The group is conducting a week-long meeting to respond to [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved constitutional reforms that opposition lawmakers and many observers claimed would drastically reduce the rights [JURIST report] of the country's citizens. The legislation, approved 103-29 in a legislature dominated by the Zanu PF party [official website], the party of President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile], [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [Oyez profile] denounced the increasingly large role politics and moral issues have played in recent judicial appointments and decisions in a speech [news release] Monday at Chapman University [official website]. Scalia blasted "judge moralists" and said he was disappointed that the US Supreme [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] has openly criticized the Senate version of the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005 [PDF text; bill summary] which was unanimously approved [JURIST report] last month. Gonzales told Washington Post reporters Monday that the legislation contained "certain provisions....that make [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court [government backgrounder] ruled Monday that the country's 1975 military takeover was "illegal" and "void" and that a martial regulation incorporated into the fifth Amendment to the Bangladesh Constitution [text] was invalid. In their opinion, the judges ruled that the "Taking over the powers of the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV is reporting that martial law [Wikipedia backgrounder] has been declared in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish after levee breaks caused major flooding in the city Tuesday morning, sending waves of water through the downtown and French Quarter. Mayor Ray Nagin is estimating that 80% [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit [PDF complaint; press release] against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Base Closure and Realignment Commission [official website] Monday, challenging the BRAC Commission's decision to close Connecticut's Air National Guard 103rd Fighter Wing [official website]. Connecticut is arguing that the Pentagon needs the state's [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Bunny Greenhouse, the former top procurement official with the US Army Corps of Engineers, has said she plans to sue the Army for being demoted after accusing Halliburton of contract abuse [JURIST report]. Greenhouse was demoted from the senior executive service Saturday to a lower-ranking job, which the Army [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Suspected and convicted foreign-born terrorists regularly exploit federal immigration laws to enter or remain illegally in the US, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies [advocacy website]. According to Immigration Benefits and Terrorism: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff report on Terrorist Travel [report [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile] said Tuesday that there could be further changes to the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. Khalilzad told reporters that he believes "that a final, final draft has not yet been, or the edits have not been, presented yet." [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Patrick Leahy [official website], ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday that the committee's Democrats intend to question Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] about a Justice Department memo that some say led to torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] California's legislature passed a bill Monday that would prevent convicted sex offenders from obtaining state-funded erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs, such as Viagra and Levitra. The vote on AB 522 [PDF text; bill summary] follows a May directive issued by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [press release] that state agencies cease providing [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa [official profile] has called parts of the draft Iraqi constitution [pre-revision translation; AP summary of revisions] a "recipe for chaos" and said that the draft denies Iraq's "Arab identity." Moussa told BBC's World Today program that he was concerned about the lack of consensus [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] As anticipated [JURIST report] in JURIST's Paper Chase, Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [Wikipedia profile] pleaded not guilty Monday to conspiracy and wire fraud charges arising from a casino cruise line deal. Abramoff was indicted [JURIST report] earlier this month along with business partner Adam Kidan for allegedly defrauding two [read more]

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