Legal news from Friday, September 1, 2006
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two days of court-ordered mediation have resulted in a $16.65 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee [official website] and 10 people who alleged they were sexually abused by a priest whom the diocese transferred to California, the archdiocese announced Friday [press release]. Insurance will cover about [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Croatia [JURIST news archive] has asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] for amicus curiae status under Rule 74 [text] of the ICTY Rules of Procedure and Evidence in the war crimes trials of three former Croatian generals [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Education [official website] gave personal data about several hundred student loan applicants to the FBI [official website; JURIST news archive] as part of an anti-terrorism program called Project Strikeback, the New York Times reported Friday. Under the program, which began after the September 11 attacks, [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The regional chief executive of Newmont Mining Corporation [corporate website], an American gold-mining company with a subsidiary in Indonesia, testified Friday in his criminal pollution trial. Richard Ness [defense website], who is accused of placing arsenic and mercury into the waters of Indonesia's Buyat Bay, told the court that [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Peruvian judge [Peru judiciary website, in Spanish] on Thursday indicted [press release, in Spanish] Ollanta Humala [COHA profile; BBC report], the opposition leader who narrowly lost the June Peruvian presidential election [BBC report] to present incumbent Alan Garcia [official website, in Spanish], for murder, torture and kidnapping stemming [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A tough amendment to Russia's copyright protection law [US DOS backgrounder] designed to crack down on the Internet piracy of text, music and videos took effect Friday as part of Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization [official website]. The Russian parliament originally approved the amendment to Russia's [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Several voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Ohio [official website] Thursday demanding that Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell [official website] preserve the paper ballots from the 2004 presidential election [JURIST archive], just two days before federal law allows states to destroy the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] An attorney for US Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing [advocacy website], an Iraq war veteran, said Thursday that his client will face a desertion charge at a special court-martial stemming from his June 2005 defection from Fort Bragg [official website]. Clousing, who has said he refuses to participate in a [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Parish criminal court [official website] Judge Arthur Hunter Thursday deferred a threatened [JURIST report] review of prisoner records in anticipation of release which he earlier said he would begin [JURIST report] on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] Tuesday. Instead, Hunter said that New [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] California's State Assembly [official website] passed the nation's first bill to restrict greenhouse gas [EPA backgrounder] emissions Thursday, by a vote of 46-31. The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 [text] grants new authority to the California Air Resources Board [official website] to set specific emission targets for various [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] passed a resolution [text] Thursday authorizing the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops to the Darfur region of Sudan [JURIST news archive] under the authority of the current UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) [UN backgrounder]. The new peacekeeping force will replace the current [read more]

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