Legal news from Thursday, March 13, 2003
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Thursday afternoon confirmed the nomination of Jay S. Bybee [DOJ nomination profile] to the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 75-18 [roll call vote]. Read the official press release from the Ninth Circuit. Bybee was formerly a law professor on the faculty of [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The second cloture motion in the Senate to terminate debate over judicial nominee Miguel Estrada failed Thursday afternoon by a vote of 55-42 [roll call vote] (60 votes required to carry; the first cloture motion on March 6 failed 55-44). President Bush issued a statement condemning "partisan obstructionist tactics," [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here's what's happening on law professors' weblogs Thursday: Rick Hasen [Election Law blog] of Loyola Law School Los Angeles has a last word [Election Law post] on his debate with colleague Lawrence Solum on political ideology and judicial selection.... Lawrence Solum [Legal Theory blog], meanwhile, runs down a list [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Thursday that the California Department of Transportation's policy of permitting an individual to display United States flags, but no other expressive banners, on highway overpasses was unreasonable viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment. Read Brown v. California [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The new President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website], NYU law professor Theodor Meron [faculty profile], issued a statement Thursday on yesterday's assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, who had played a decisive role in bringing former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Hans Corell met Thursday with Cambodian representatives to discuss how to proceed with negotiations on a draft agreement with the Cambodian government on the establishment of a special court to try cases arising from the Khmer Rouge "killing fields" genocide of [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a press briefing Thursday, Amnesty International [advocacy website] called for the UN Commission on Human Rights to revise its working methods and take concrete action in a variety of critical areas at its 59th session beginning next week [press release]. Read the AI briefing paper. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US First Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday upheld a lower court ruling - previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase - that had dismissed a complaint seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld from initiating a war against Iraq without proper [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have launched a new website providing official information on visa policy and procedures. Visit The quote from President Bush currently featured on the website front page is jarring and somewhat telling, although perhaps not intentionally so: "America is [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property held a hearing Wednesday on "International Copyright Piracy: Links to Organized Crime and Terrorism." Witness statements are now available on the Subcommittee website. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (JALWD) invites submission of proposals and articles for its Fall 2004 Learning/Thinking/Writing issue. In this "best practices" issue, the Journal will publish articles relating learning theory and cognitive research to the teaching and practice of professional legal writing. More details [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan updated reporters Friday morning on the state of negotiations on Iraq at a stakeout session at UN Headquarters in New York. He said a summit of heads of state - not necessarily Security Council members - might be called to work out a peaceful solution [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] By a vote of 64-33 [roll call vote] the Senate Thursday passed legislation banning "partial-birth" late-term abortions [bill summary]. Read a floor statement by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch from March 11 supporting the bill. The legislation now goes to the House, where it is expected to [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking Thursday in Paris, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin rejected proposed UK amendments to the draft US-UK-Spain Security Council resolution authorizing use of military force against Iraq. De Villepin said that the amendments "do not address the issues raised by the international community." Read his full statement, now [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Most faculty at Harvard Law School [official website] appear to have no idea about who's being targeted in the HLS dean search, or when a candidate will be chosen, according to a story in Thursday's Harvard Crimson.... Also at HLS, Thursday's Harvard Law Record reports that former National Security [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A reader in Belgrade writes:I was invited by Mr. Djindjic a few days ago (last Friday) to explain my resignation from the new University Law Drafting Commission that had been formed by the Ministry of Education. I have to be sincere: I was not one of those who loved [read more]

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