February 4, 2005
by Gretchen E. Moore
Guatemala's Constitutional Court Friday ordered charges dropped against soldiers accused of participating in a 1982 massacre of more than 300 civilians, citing the countrys's National Reconciliation Law. The law is a type of amnesty the Guatemalan Congress approved in November 1996, a few... ...[read more]
January 21, 2005
by Gretchen E. Moore
At a court martial that resumed Friday at a British military base in Osnabrueck Germany after the defense requested a temporary halt, a lawyer for one of three British soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi detainees accused their commanding officer, Major Dan Taylor, of issuing the orders that led ...[read more]
January 21, 2005
by Gretchen E. Moore
The second largest bank in the nation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., has publicly disclosed that two of its predecessor banks had received thousands of slaves as collateral prior to the Civil War. JP Morgan offered a formal apology letter Thursday and said it was creating a $5 million dollar ...[read more]
January 14, 2005
by Gretchen E. Moore
In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Virginia Supreme Court struck down a state law prohibiting consensual sex between unmarried people. Read the opinion. The justices based their decision on Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 US Supreme Court case voiding a state anti-sodomy law. As in that case, the VA... ...[read more]
January 14, 2005
by Gretchen E. Moore
Following up a JURIST report from earlier today, US Central Command has now announced that Staff Sgt. Jonathan J. Alban-Cardenas has been convicted of one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder during a general court-martial at the 1st Cavalry Division courthouse in Camp ...[read more]
December 30, 2004
by Gretchen E. Moore
AP is reporting that Ukraine's Supreme Court has rejected all appeals by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych against Sunday's presidential revote, won by opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. CTV News has more... ...[read more]
December 30, 2004
by Gretchen E. Moore
Taiwan's High Court Thursday rejected a second lawsuit filed by the opposition Nationalist Party to nullify the March 20 presidential poll and upheld President Chen Shui-bian's narrow re-election victory. The first lawsuit was dismissed in November after an extensive investigation and a bal... ...[read more]
December 30, 2004
by Gretchen E. Moore
The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Wednesday denied a request from the parents of Terri Schiavo for a new trial in her long-running right-to-die case. Once the court issues a formal decision within two weeks, Schiavo's husband will be able to order the removal of a feeding tube that has... ...[read more]
December 30, 2004
by Gretchen E. Moore
Arkansas Circuit Judge Timothy Fox Wednesday declared that a state ban on placing foster children in a household with a gay member was unconstitutional. The Arkansas chapter of the ACLU brought the case, challenging a 1999 regulation that stated that gays cannot become foster parents, and foster ...[read more]
December 29, 2004
by Gretchen E. Moore
Six members of a Navy SEALs unit and two Navy wives sued the Associated Press Tuesday, stating that the news agency endangered the servicemen's lives and invaded their privacy by publishing private photos showing the men interacting with Iraqi prisoners. The lawsuit states the agency erred by n... ...[read more]

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