Legal news from Monday, March 10, 2003
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac said Monday evening in an interview on French television that France will cast its Security Council veto against a second US-UK draft resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. Watch the full interview with President Chirac on France 2 [in French]. Earlier in the [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush's Executive Order [text] issued Friday - and previously reported on JURIST - freezing US assets of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and 76 associates in light of the threat to US foreign policy due to what the US considers the "breakdown of the rule of law" in that [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a news conference in Geneva today UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that "if the US and others were to go outside the Council and take military action [against Iraq] it would not be in conformity with the Charter." Read a full transcript of his remarks from the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch discussed the judicial confirmations process at The Heritage Foundation [official website] in Washington, DC Monday. Watch recorded video of his remarks on C-SPAN. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] As reported in Monday's Washington Post, former FBI Director William Sessions, former US Court of Appeals Judges Timothy Lewis and John Gibbons (3rd Circuit) and former US Attorney for Chicago and co-chair of the Illinois Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment Thomas Sullivan have filed an amicus brief in the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice at The Hague concluded public hearings [ICJ press release] Friday in the case of Iran v. United States [ICJ docket], arising out of the destruction of several offshore Iranian oil-drilling platforms by US destroyers in 1987 and 1988. The Court is now set to [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Also from Goldstein & Howe in DC: "The Court granted cert. today in (i) No. 02-693, Lamie v. U.S. Trustee (which involves the availability of attorney's fees in bankruptcy) [disclosure: we represent the petitioner]; (ii) No. 02-628, Frew v. Hawkins (which involves a state's immunity from a consent decree); [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] From DC Supreme Court litigators Goldstein & Howe [SCOTUSBlog]: The Court today affirmed in two cases. In No. 01-1572, Cook County v. U.S. [PDF], Justice Souter held for a unanimous Court that local govenrments, unlike States, are 'persons' subject to qui tam actions under the False Claims Act.... In [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Yale Law's Jack Balkin [Balkinization blog] has been reading Deborah Sontag's Sunday New York Times article on the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and reflects on the importance of so-called "inferior courts." [Balkinization post]Lawrence Solum [Legal Theory blog] of Loyola Law School Los Angeles continues his online debate [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] New and interesting papers on SSRN today include: School Vouchers and the Constitution - Permissible, Impermissible, or Required? [abstract]by Gary Simson [faculty profile] of Cornell Law School [official website]From the Abstract: "This article focuses on two Supreme Court decisions with major implications for the constitutionality of school vouchers: Pierce [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in The Hague [UN News report] this week for Tuesday's inauguration of the new International Criminal Court [official website]. Details on inauguration events [PDF] at The Hague and elsewhere are available from the Coalition for the International Criminal Court [advocacy website]. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Victor Williams [faculty profile] of Catholic University School of Law [official website] says that a recess appointment for Miguel Estrada could be the way out of the current confirmation stand-off (which, by the way, resumes in the Senate at 2 PM this afternoon). Read his op-ed in Monday's National [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Notes from last Wednesday's Supreme Court oral arguments in the CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) library-filtering case have been posted online by Skip Auld, Assistant Director of the Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library, who was in the courtroom. An official transcript is not yet available. [LawMeme] [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an internal report, some details of which were released Monday, the US Department of Justice auditor found that the capability of INS screening staff at airports to analyze advance passenger information so as to identify high-risk and inadmissible travelers entering the United States was "limited due to the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an online exclusive, JURIST announced Monday that leading critical race theorist Richard Delgado and noted legal writer Jean Stefancic [press release] have been named to two new professorships at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law [official website] designated in honor of Derrick Bell, a pioneer of the [read more]

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