Legal news from Thursday, September 15, 2005
21:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] announced Thursday that his office had filed a civil suit [PDF complaint] against five national insurance companies - Mutual Insurance Co., State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., Allstate Property and Casualty Co., the United Services Automobile Association and Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) [official website] said Thursday that an unnamed Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohammed Atta [Wikipedia profile] as a terrorist two years before the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive], and was prepared to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice and the special counsel investigating the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] advised Congress earlier this week to block legislation that would force the adminstration to turn over documents related to the case. The DOJ said [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] said Thursday it had dropped its voting rights lawsuit against Boston [text; official press release] after city officials agreed to provide voting materials such as ballots and registration notices in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Boston also agreed to give more training on [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] A UN spokesperson in Iraq confirmed Thursday that the UN plans to distribute five million copies of Iraq's draft constitution [JURIST news archive] to Iraqis before a national referendum on the charter on October 15, but indicated that printing would not go ahead "until the transitional National Assembly designates [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Nilo Jerez, a former political prisoner in Cuba [JURIST news archive], sued Fidel Castro [Wikipedia profile] and his government Thursday claiming he had been rendered sterile after having been repeatedly tortured with drugs and electric shocks in the early 1970s. Jerez stated that he still suffers from "distress, anxiety, [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's environmental law news, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 8 states against four private energy companies and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority [official website] which claimed they contributed to global warming. US District Judge Loretta Preska [profile] ruled [opinion text, PDF] that the states [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website] and State Insurance Superintendent Howard Mills [official website] Thursday said that eight former senior executives of Marsh & McLennan [corporate website] had been indicted [PDF] for bids given "under false pretenses." Spitzer said bid rigging carried out from November 1998 to [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the Massachusetts state legislature today overrode Governor Mitt Romney's veto [JURIST report] of a bill [text] which requiring emergency room doctors to offer emergency contraception to rape victims. Romney said he would not sign the bill because doing so would violate his campaign pledge not [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] called Thursday for collective international action to defeat terrorism as he addressed world leaders at the ongoing 2005 World Summit [official website] on UN reform [JURIST news archive]. Putin urged the adoption of "constructive" UN reforms that would "unite, not separate" and insisted [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court Thursday upheld the acquittal of former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges that he ordered political abductions and murders as part of "Operation Condor" [Wikipedia backgrounder], a conspiracy between South American dictators during the 1970s to eliminate political opponents and dispose of [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Uzbekistan [official website, English version] deputy state prosecutor Anvar Nabiyev on Thursday named 15 men who will stand trial next week for trying to overthrow the Uzbek government. The men, who allegedly organized disturbances in the town of Andijan [JURIST report] in May 2005, face charges including shooting hostages, [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Chief Justice nominee John Roberts [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] finished his fourth and final day of confirmation testimony Thursday morning by declaring "I am not an ideologue," adding that ideologues do not belong on the court. Though Roberts' views were again challenged by Democrats, it appears increasingly [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate has approved the creation of a new US Department of Justice [official website] office that would investigate racially motivated homicides that took place prior to 1970. The Unsolved Crimes Section was proposed in reaction to numerous cases that remain unsolved due to weak state and federal [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell [official website] and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [official website] have said that the state will not file an immediate appeal [press release] to the US Supreme Court challenging a decision that allows the Base Closure and Realignment Commission [official website] to prepare Bradley Air [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] Thursday released draft anti-terrorism legislation [PDF text] that includes terms allowing police to detain terror suspects for up to three months without charge and creating a new criminal offense for "glorifying terrorism." The draft legislation was included in a letter [PDF] to [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives approved a measure Wednesday that would add sexual orientation, gender, and disability to a current federal hate crimes law that already prohibits crimes based on the victim's race, ethnicity, or religion. The legislation was proposed by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] and passed [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The former chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces [official website] has called off a trip to London after a complaint was filed in Great Britain against him and other top Israeli military officers for "war crimes." Moshe Ya'alon [Wikipedia profile] had been invited by an Israeli soldiers [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Opening statements began Wednesday in the second trial against Merck [corporate website] over the distribution of its painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news archive]. The plaintiff in this case is an Idaho postal worker who claims that taking Vioxx caused him to suffer a heart attack. [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been hospitalized as a hunger strike [JURIST report] at the prison facility stretched through its second month. Following the hospitalization, a total of 21 are now being fed intravenously to prevent them from dying of starvation. Sgt. Justin Behrens, a [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] ruled Thursday that the country had a right to construct the West Bank barrier [Wikipedia backgrounder; official IDF website] across occupied Palestinian land, once again disputing a International Court of Justice advisory opinion [text; JURIST report] that found the barrier illegal. The court [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A new arrest warrant could be issued for the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] if she fails to appear for the start of her corruption trial in Belgrade, a court spokesperson said Wednesday. Mirjana Markovic [Wikipedia profile] fled to Russia in 2003 in the [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina [JURIST news archive] has ordered the arrest of a former military leader in the investigation into the death of a student during the country's "Dirty War" [Wikipedia backgrounder] in the late 1970s. The judge on Wednesday ordered Luciano Benjamin Menendez and 15 other former [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti [official profile] has said he will investigate hospitals and nursing homes throughout the state for evidence of negligence during the evacuation prior to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], making it seem likely that additional charges will be filed in the coming weeks. Charges were [read more]

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