Legal news from Wednesday, January 15, 2003
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Watch recorded video of remarks [transcript] by President Bush Wednesday afternoon expressing his opposition to the University of Michigan's affirmative action admissions policies [UM admissions lawsuits backgrounder] (including policies at the UM Law School [lawsuit backgrounder]) now under appeal to the US Supreme Court. University of Michigan President May [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, has started his own blog [Balkinization weblog] promising 'commentary on law, politics and culture.' One of his first targets: Eldred v. Ashcroft, which he describes in an extensive analysis as 'bad law' and a [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Websites dedicated to opposing copyright extension legislation are sadly and laconically noting Wednesday's US Supreme Court decision in Eldred [JURIST report]. See, for instance, the short statement on the Eldred plaintiffs site, and the brief note on the home page of Opposing Copyright Extension [advocacy website], maintained by Arizona [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Along with Eldred [JURIST report], the US Supreme Court Wednesday handed down a second split decision reversing by 6-3 the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and holding that despite a missed government deadline, coal companies must pay into a federal pool to pay for miners' healthcare benefits. Read [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union released [ACLU press release] a major report Wednesday on new US government surveillance programs and technologies that it says pose a fundamental threat to individual liberty and privacy rights. Review Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society [PDF text]. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Listen to recorded audio of Wednesday's open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission [recorded audio] setting new rules on financial information filing, disclosure, and insider trading under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. An agenda is also available. Get more SEC news [JURIST news archive] on JURIST. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Watch recorded video of Wednesday's open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission [recorded video] regarding implementation of the agency's strategic plan and a comprehensive review of FCC policies. The agenda and supporting presentations are also available. Get more FCC news [JURIST news archive] on JURIST. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] By a 7-2 margin the US Supreme Court upheld on Wednesday the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act [PDF text], retroactively extending statutory copyright protection by a further 20 years beyond the original term of the author's life plus 50 years. Read Eldred v Ashcroft - Opinion by [read more]

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