Legal news from Friday, September 2, 2005
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] has announced that it will indefinitely extend filing deadlines for businesses in the areas affected by hurricane Katrina. In a press release, the SEC also said that it will work with banks and companies [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official profile] Friday opened an investigation into whether gasoline retailers in the state had participated in illegal profiteering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Lockyer said his office would subpoena records from refiners and station owners and set up an e-mail [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Connecticut state judge has refused to approve an arrest warrant for former governor John G. Rowland on ethics charges, and the chief state's attorney [CT Division of Criminal Justice website] said the case was now closed. Christopher Morano [official profile] said he submitted the warrant request [AP report] [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, a federal judge will hear arguments next week in Missouri's attempt to prevent the closing [Missouri AG press release] of the Air National Guard in St. Louis, with the state arguing that the Pentagon must first consult with state governors before closing bases. Attorney General [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a settlement agreement between US Airways [corporate website] and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation [agency website] over nearly $2.7 billion in claims stemming from the airline's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Under the approved deal, PBGC receives cash, guarantees and an ownership stake in [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] released a report Friday that found Iran [JURIST news archive; IAEA issue backgrounder] had resumed previously suspended nuclear activities, raising the possibility that the issue will be referred to the UN Security Council [official website]. The report by IAEA Director General Mohamed [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Transport Minister Chris Murungaru has asked the UK High Court [UK Court Service website] to review a July UK government decision to ban [BBC News report] him from entering the country. British authorities did not announce the reason [Nation report] for the ban, but it has been widely [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Maryland judge has set trial dates for John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo [Wikipedia profiles] on charges from six Maryland deaths in the pair's 2002 DC-area sniper shooting spree. Muhammad is scheduled to stand trial May 1, 2006, and Malvo's trial will follow on Oct. 10, 2006. [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has withdrawn an order allowing a student to file a response to a rehearing petition by Kamehameha Schools [education website] in a lawsuit over the school's admissions policy. The court issued an order last week permitting a non-native [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [official website] has announced that it will file a challenge to a recent ban on panhandling [JURIST report] in downtown Atlanta. Gerald Weber, legal director for the ACLU of Georgia, said the group plans to sue the city as soon as it found a [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval [official website] has challenged a Nuclear Regulatory Commission [official website] decision on regulations for the proposed nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain [official project website], adding to a rash of litigation that has stalled the project for years. Sandoval's office on Thursday filed a [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] on Friday released two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees from a Moscow detention center. Airat Vakhitov and Rustam Akhmyarov, who were extradited to Russia by the US in 2004, were arrested [JURIST report] earlier this week on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups are pressuring the Canadian government to open a new investigation into the role the government played in allegedly allowing a number of Muslim Canadians to be imprisoned and tortured in Syria. Testimony ended Thursday in an inquiry [official website; JURIST report] into the detention of Maher [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] wrapped up an official visit to China [UN press release] Friday, calling for China to release data about its use of capital punishment and urging cooperation with international standards. "It is not appropriate to say: 'We are doing this [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] 160 US law professors have signed a letter [text] declaring their opposition to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive]. The group of professors expressed concern about Roberts' record, claiming he favors expansion of government power and reduction of individual rights:The record made available to date suggests that [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Youssef Hmimssa [Detroit News profile], a Moroccan man whose testimony was at the center of a terrorism trial that later unraveled, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison on Thursday on charges of credit card fraud and visa misuse. Hmimssa was in the US illegally and has lived [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush has used a recess appointment to fill an opening at the Justice Department [White House press release] that was stalled in the Senate, naming attorney Alice S. Fisher to the top post in the DOJ's criminal division. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) [official website] had blocked Fisher's nomination [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Intel [corporate website] filed an answer [PDF text; Intel summary; press release] in federal court on Thursday to an anti-trust suit [PDF complaint] brought by rival computer chip maker Advanced Micro Designs (AMD) [corporate website], denying allegations of anti-competitive practices and blaming AMD themselves for lagging behind in the [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] arrested Russian UN official Vadim Kouznetsov Thursday on money laundering charges. An FBI official said the still-sealed charges against Kouznetsov, who heads a UN budget oversight panel, are only remotely connected to the defunct UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] At least 5,000 Shiite Muslims held a rally Friday in the Southern Iraqi city of Basra, in a show of support for the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive]. Friday's rally follows smaller Sunni demonstrations [JURIST report] held earlier this week to protest against the constitution. The [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] In an emergency session Thursday night, the US Senate [official website] passed a bill to provide $10.5 billion in emergency relief [White House request] to the victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The measure was approved by voice vote with only four Senators present on the floor. Read [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] will put Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] on trial in mid-October, a government official said Thursday. Hussein will face charges [JURIST report] related to the 1982 killing of 150 Shiites in the village of Dujail [NPR report] "between Oct. 16 [read more]

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