Legal news from Thursday, May 24, 2007
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Oklahoma bill [SB 0139 text] barring the use of public funds to pay for abortions passed into law Thursday after the deadline for the governor's veto expired at midnight Wednesday. The bill bars the use of public money to fund most abortions, but does include exceptions for cases [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed two measures Thursday that would require stricter regulation of lobbying practices. The Lobbying Transparency Act [HR 2317 summary], which passed 382-37 [roll call], would amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 [text] to require more stringent disclosure of bundled contributions given [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; JURIST news archive] fired Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun [official website, in Ukrainian] Thursday, prompting Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko [official report] to dispatch police to form a protective chain around the General Office of the Public Prosecutor. Piskun himself initially defied the dismissal, but [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judicial corruption is hurting the rule of law around the world, according to an annual report on the problem released Thursday by Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website]. TI's Global Corruption Report 2007 [PDF text; press release] found judicial corruption to be particularly prevalent in the former Soviet republics in [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile], the first Secretary of State of the new Ministry of Justice (MOJ) [official website], sought to resolve differences between the judiciary and the government over the recent split [JURIST report] of the MOJ from the Home Office [official website] Wednesday, speaking twice [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 74-24 [roll call] Wednesday to slash the number of temporary guest workers that could be annually admitted into the United States under the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 [S 1348 summary; JURIST report]. The amendment [S Amdt 1169 materials] proposed by Sen. Jeff [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] said Thursday that control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] employed against persons suspected to be national threats when there is not enough evidence to hold them for trial are "far from the best option" in the fight against terrorism. He made [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawyer on the defense team for suspended Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] complained Wednesday before the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] that his legal team was under "enormous government pressure" meant to discourage it from arguing its case. Ahsan [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] voted Wednesday to approve [press release] new interpretive guidelines for Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 [PDF text; SEC materials], relaxing previous guidelines which critics have called inflexible, burdensome, and wasteful. Section 404 requires public companies to continually [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) [official website] and State Insurance Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo announced [press release] Wednesday that Silverstein Properties [corporate website], which owns a 99-year lease of the World Trade Center [JURIST news archive] site, has settled all outstanding insurance claims with seven insurance companies at [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish judge Santiago Pedraz ruled Thursday that charges against three US soldiers for homicide and a "crime against the international community" in the 2004 death in Iraq of cameraman Jose Couso [advocacy website, in English; JURIST news archive] should stand, despite the appeal [JURIST report] of Spanish prosecutors on [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations inspectors met with Sudanese officials Thursday in the first steps of a UN investigation into human rights abuses by the Sudanese government [official website in Arabic] in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. The seven-person team arrived in Sudan [JURIST news archive] Wednesday and began their inspection in the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) [official website] said Wednesday that a controversial 700-mile fence along the US-Mexican border [JURIST news archive] may violate the 1970 Boundary Treaty [PDF text], which resolved all pending boundary differences between the United States and Mexico. Sally Spener, spokesperson for the IBWC, [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [PDF text] Wednesday that a federal judge presiding over the criminal tax fraud prosecution of accounting firm KPMG [corporate website; JURIST news archive] improperly exercised ancillary jurisdiction over a state law contract claim brought against KPMG by 16 former [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu [Nobel profile] and international NGO Oxfam [advocacy website] Thursday called on developing nations to submit proposals for a conventional weapons convention to the United Nations [official website]. Tutu urged developing nations especially to submit proposals for the convention, saying that trade in conventional weapons, especially [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese government authorities detained 28 people for either their alleged role in riots in southwestern China [JURIST report] over the weekend or communicating information concerning the riots, according to reports from Xinhua, China's state media agency. Xinhua said that an estimated 300 to 3000 farmers discontented with efforts by [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Suspended Romanian President Trian Basescu [official website, in English; BBC profile] was reinstated Wednesday after the Romanian Constitutional Court [official website] certified results of a weekend referendum where 74 percent of voters rejected Basescu's impeachment [JURIST report]. Basescu was suspended [JURIST report] in April by a 322-108 vote in [read more]

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