Legal news from Wednesday, March 12, 2003
22:03 EDT

[JURIST] A United Nations Commission on Human Rights [official website] Special Rapporteur said Wednesday that Tuesday's US DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling [JURIST report] denying relief on jurisdictional grounds to Afghan war detainees held outside the US at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had "far reaching" implications and could be a [read more]

22:03 EDT

[JURIST] J. Clay Smith [faculty profile] of Howard University School of Law spoke Wednesday at Harvard Law School on his forthcoming book Supreme Justice, chronicling the life of late US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Recorded video is now online from the Harvard Law School Saturday School program [official website]. [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] Louis Henkin of Columbia Law School spoke Wednesday in the latest of Columbia Law's Spring 2003 lecture series Columbia Goes to War. Watch recorded video of Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism - and What About Sovereignty? . [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council met Wednesday afternoon to allow more countries not members of the Council to present their views on the Iraq situation. Recorded video of the individual country statements is now available from the UN, along with video of the response by Iraq .UPDATE [10:50 PM ET]: [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Early on Wednesday the US Supreme Court, per Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, granted a temporary stay of a US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judgment [PDF opinion] that would have required Greek Olympic Airways to pay $1.4 million to the heirs of an asthmatic man who had died after [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters reports that the US Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Delma Banks, scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday. The stay represents a preliminary legal victory for ex-FBI Director William Sessions, several former federal appeals judges and a former US DA for Chicago who [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday in Interactive Digital v. St. Louis County [case caption], in which video software producers submit that a county ban on the sale of violent video games to minors should be overturned as an unconstitutional infringement of free speech. [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] held a hearing on judicial nominations [hearing notice] Wednesday. Opening statements from Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch [statement] and Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy [statement] are now available online. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie delivered a lecture entitled Technology and the Courts: The Incomprehensible Chasing the Unteachable? [news release] at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law on February 26. Watch recorded video , now online from U of T's Center for Innovation Law and Policy. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein [faculty profile] thinks it probably is, for most people. Read his op-ed from Tuesday's Los Angeles Times, now available (without registration or pop-ups!) from the University of Chicago Law School. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] At a press conference in London Wednesday, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that the UK was discussing further amendments to the second draft UN Security Council resolution [PDF text] (co-sponsored by the US and Spain) it had introduced at the Security Council on March 7, and was circulating [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights [official website] issued an updated report Tuesday on what it described as the steadily-eroding state of civil liberties and human rights in the United States over the 18 months that have passed since the attacks of September 11. LCHR President Michael Posner said [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a statement Wednesday, Amnesty International [advocacy website] said that Tuesday's federal appeal court ruling denying on jurisdictional grounds any legal relief to Afghan war detainees held by the US at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (and reported previously in JURIST's Paper Chase) "will cause further damage to the international reputation [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate website indicates that a cloture vote on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has been scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), March 13. The previous cloture motion made on March 6 was defeated 55-44 [JURIST report]. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wednesday on SSRN: Retaining Judicial Authority: A Preliminary Inquiry on the Dominion of American Judges [abstract]by Larry Cata Backer [faculty profile] of the Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law [official website]From the Abstract: "Why do the people and institutions of democratic states, and in particular those of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Harvard Law School [official website] students attending a forum Tuesday with Harvard University President Lawrence Summers accused him of ignoring them in the Law School's current Dean Search. More from the Harvard Crimson. AP also reports. HLS Federalist Society blogger Adam White [Ex Parte post] was there.... The National [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled Wednesday that Turkey had violated the rights of captured Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan by delaying his trial and had not tried him before an independent and impartial tribunal. Read the ECHR press release summarizing the judgment. [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic [official biography], a democratic reformer who played a decisive role in sending former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to The Hague for trial on war crimes, was assassinated Wednesday in front of government offices in Belgrade. More from the BBC. The news is not yet [read more]

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