Legal news from Monday, February 3, 2003
22:02 EDT

[JURIST] As Texas prepares to carry out its 300th execution since 1982, Amnesty International issued a report Monday highlighting how that state is speeding up the rate of executions while other jurisdictions and countries have slowed or stopped altogether. Read Texas - In a world of its own [text]. [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] Late on Monday NASA issued a corrected procedure for filing damage claims in connection with the loss of the Columbia Space Shuttle. The revision drops references to "claims that require immediate action" and (following an e-mail alert from JURIST) fixes a bad URL for further information on tort claims [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the head of a county public defender’s office, as the administrative head of an organization formed to represent criminal defendants, may be held accountable for a policy that leads to a denial of an individual’s right to effective representation [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly elected 11 new judges Monday to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website]. Read the ICTR press release. [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] NASA posted a fact sheet Monday with information for persons "who may have suffered damage due to the Space Shuttle Columbia mishap." The NASA General Counsel's Office has additional information on tort claims against NASA (see, however, the limitations on wrongful death recovery by astronauts' families, discussed below [JURIST [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush released his proposed 2004 Budget Monday. Read a fact sheet from the White House or review the full set of Budget documents. The Budget includes a performance assessment and program agenda [White House proposal] for the US Department of Justice and detailed breakdowns of proposed expenditures for [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website] at The Hague ruled by a 10-3 margin Monday that Yugoslavia is bound by a 1996 ICJ decision that it has jurisdiction to adjudicate a 1993 genocide claim by Bosnia against Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia had argued that the present state of Yugoslavia did [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Professor Anthony Infanti and his Federal Income Tax students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law have created a website reporting on the progress of the tax cut proposed by President Bush in January. Visit Monitoring the 2003 Tax Cut. [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The White House Monday posted a fact sheet on Project BioShield [White House fact sheet], President Bush's initiative announced in the State of the Union Address "to develop and make available modern, effective drugs and vaccines to protect against attack by biological and chemical weapons or other dangerous pathogens." [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The process of electing 18 judges to the new International Criminal Court starts Monday at the United Nations in New York. Review a summary of a Friday press conference on the upcoming elections and review the nominees and election procedures [UN backgrounder]. Elections on February 4 and 5 are [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Professor Jack Balkin, organizer of a conference held Friday at Yale Law School to mark the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, posts this report on proceedings [Balkinization post]. [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] C-SPAN has posted recorded video of Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee meeting which advanced the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the full Senate by a party-line vote of 10-9. The Senate may consider the nomination as early as Tuesday of this week; People for the American Way [press release] and [read more]

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