Legal news from Tuesday, September 6, 2005
22:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the California Assembly has narrowly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. AB 849, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act [Equality California materials] was approved by the state Senate [JURIST report] last Thursday, and now goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [read more]

21:09 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a new emergency order Tuesday evening authorizing public safety officers in the city - including police, firemen, and members of the US military - to force the removal of anyone not engaged in the Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] recovery effort. This latest [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi president Jalal Talabani said in an interview on al-Iraqiya state TV [media website] broadcast late Tuesday that ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], now in custody pending trials for crimes again humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website], had confessed before an investigating judge to [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, executives at DaimlerChrysler [corporate website] have denied that they were involved in insider trading. German media are reporting that DaimlerChrysler's chief spokesman Hartmut Schick and executive board member Ruediger Grube are under investigation for insider trading relating to the surprise resignation of [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, an Indonesian court heard arguments Tuesday on whether it should proceed with a criminal trial of US-based Newmont Mining Corp. [corporate website] for alleged pollution in Buyat Bay. The hearing had been postponed in August when the country's Supreme Court ordered two of the [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, a North Carolina court of appeals has ruled [text] that promotional game pieces packaged with telephone long-distance cards are not part of an illegal lottery. State officials claimed that Treasured Arts, Inc.'s long-distance telephone cards were an illegal form of gambling because the cards offered [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court has overturned a lower court decision [JURIST report] allowing rights groups to monitor polling stations during the country's first multi-candidate presidential elections on Wednesday. The holding, in which the court ruled that the Presidential Election Commission's decisions are not subject to judicial review, appears [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN diplomats continued feverish negotiations Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to prepare a coherent platform of agreed reforms in time for the World Summit 2005 [official website], but an impasse persists with only days remaining. In the most recent setback, UN General Assembly President Jean Ping [official profile] cancelled [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Morgan Stanley [corporate website] has agreed to a $700,000 settlement over claims of improper trading in a couple's brokerage account, the Delaware Department of Justice [official website] said Tuesday. According to a 2003 complaint filed by the Securities Division [official website] of the department, two Morgan Stanley brokers made [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US and international human rights groups Tuesday condemned the failure of authorities to protect victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] who were left for days without relief in increasingly desperate conditions in New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast area. The US Human Rights Network [advocacy website] urged [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Several US Supreme Court justices and many other Americans lined the Great Hall of the nation's high court Tuesday to pay final respects to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist [Oyez profile; JURIST news archive]. Rehnquist's flag-draped casket was carried into the Great Hall among marble busts of [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Arlen Specter [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-author of a bill to create a $140 billion asbestos compensation fund, said Tuesday that he hoped the Senate would take up the legislation in early October. Specter had called for a vote before the August [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Army Major-General Laurent Munyakazi has been arrested on charges relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder], a court official said Tuesday. Munyakazi's arrest was ordered by a local gacaca court [Wikipedia backgrounder], a community-based court comprised largely of untrained citizens, and is the first time an officer [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The final report of the Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] investigating the now defunct UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive] will show that corruption and inefficiencies lead to the program's failure, according to an advanced copy obtained by AP. The report is said to conclude that both [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Philippines House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted to dismiss [press release] all three impeachment charges against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; Wikipedia profile], echoing the decision [JURIST report] last week of the House Committee on Justice. Arroyo has faced accusations [JURIST news [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Senate will begin confirmation hearings next Monday on the nomination [JURIST report] of John Roberts [JURIST news archive] as Chief Justice of the US. The Senate Judiciary Committee was originally scheduled to begin its hearings today on Roberts' nomination to replace Justice Sandra Day [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Independent Egyptian Committee for Monitoring Elections (IECME) alleged Monday that Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) [official website, English version] committed more rule violations in campaigning for the upcoming presidential election than any of the other nine parties. According to a preliminary IECME report, NDP, [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former aide to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website, English version; Wikipedia profile] said Monday that his resignation over the weekend was prompted by corruption within the country's leadership. Former state secretary Oleksandr Zinchenko accused several top presidential aides of corruption, including Petro Poroshenko, who heads the National [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Ministry officials have said that they oppose referring Iran to the UN Security Council [official website] over Iran's continued uranium conversion activities [IAEA issue backgrounder]. Moscow released a statement [press release] Monday announcing that officials "see no grounds for the referral to the UN Security Council of [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein met with his Iraqi lawyer Khalil Dulaimi Monday, after Iraqi authorities announced that his first trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] will begin on October 19 [JURIST report]. Hussein faces charges [JURIST report] for the 1982 massacre of over 140 Shiites following an assassination attempt [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Democrats preparing for the upcoming confirmation hearings [JURIST report] for US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] say his nomination as Chief Justice [JURIST report] means Roberts should face tougher scrutiny, while Republicans say the elevation should not change the confirmation process. In a statement [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A member of the Iraqi constitution drafting committee [official website] said Tuesday that the extended negotiations [JURIST report] over the final wording of the draft constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] have ended without an agreement on changes to the draft. Iraqi lawmakers had resumed negotiations over the weekend [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A closed session of the Iraqi National Assembly [Wikipedia backgrounder] debated a broad new anti-terrorism bill Monday, which would authorize the execution of perpetrators and accomplices of offenses classified as terrorist acts. The bill reportedly includes the following as punishable offenses: attacking Iraqi soldiers, police and diplomatic missions, kidnapping [read more]

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