Legal news from Saturday, September 17, 2005
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian President and current African Union chair Olusegun Obasanjo told the UN General Assembly Saturday at the opening of its regular 60th anniversary session that former Liberian president Charles Taylor, indicted [text] by the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] on 17 counts of war crimes committed during [read more]

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[JURIST] A day after leaders attending the 2005 World Summit [official website] endorsed a modest package of UN reforms [JURIST report] and policy initiatives, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Saturday pledged he would follow-though on what had been achieved, but warned of significant challenges ahead. Addressing the opening of the [read more]

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[JURIST] A lawyer for Tariq Aziz [Wikipedia profile] says that an international petition has been started calling for the release of the former Iraqi Foreign Minister and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, currently being held by the US in Iraq without charge and with no prospect of immediate trial. Aziz turned [read more]

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[JURIST] As part of a probe into the Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] disaster the US Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee [official website] has asked Gulf Coast federal prosecutors whether they have ever had to defend the US Army Corps of Engineers against claims brought by environmental groups trying [read more]

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[JURIST] The New Orleans-based federal judge charged with co-ordinating [JURIST report] the approximately 1800 pending federal lawsuits relating to the withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive] from pharmacists' shelves last year has ruled that the first federal trial against Vioxx-manufacturer Merck will take place in Houston beginning November [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal judge in Missouri Friday slapped a temporary restraining order on a law signed the day before [JURIST report] by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt that allowed parents to file suit against anyone who helped their minor daughters get abortions without their consent. US District Judge Nanette Laughery said [read more]

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[JURIST] With the confirmation hearings on Judge John Roberts [JURIST news archive] concluded and the nominee apparently well on his way to a favorable Senate vote and formal appointment as the new Chief Justice of the United States, President Bush Friday signaled he was turning his attention to a second [read more]

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