Legal news from Friday, March 14, 2003
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor James McGreevy Friday made his state the first to criminalize race-based arrests and police searches by signing a bill making those punishable by up to five years' imprisonment and a $15,000 fine. Read the Governor's press release and review the latest amended version of S429. [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] On Thursday the US State Department released a special report on human rights in Zimbabwe documenting the abuses that led President Bush to issue an executive order March 7 - previously reported on JURIST - freezing the US assets of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and other government officials who [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Columbia University has posted a series of videos on the theme Forty Acres and a Mule: The Case for Black Reparations [video forum overview]. Among the featured speakers is Charles Ogletree [faculty profile] of Harvard Law School, currently leading a reparations lawsuit for descendants of victims of the 1921 [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department Friday issued a new fact sheet on the UN Security Council ("how it works and serves US interests") detailing 17 Council Resolutions - including Resolution 1441 - that it says have been breached by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein since 1991. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A University of Florida study presented Friday at the 2003 National Freedom of Information Day Conference in Arlington, Virginia shows that since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 state lawmakers have enacted dozens of legal and administrative rule-changes limiting public access to government-held information about building plans, evacuation [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Commerce Committee [official website] Thursday approved an amendment to the proposed Air Cargo Security Bill (S. 165) [bill text] that would require the Homeland Security Secretary to report to Congress on the privacy and civil liberties impact of the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) currently [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ambassadors from UN Security Council members Germany and Pakistan spoke briefly at a press stakeout at UN Headquarters in New York Friday morning. While indicating there was as yet no agreement within the Council on an Iraq resolution, both delegates welcomed the newly-scheduled weekend summit in the Azores of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate website indicates that yet another (the third...) cloture motion has been filed to terminate debate on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and that the vote on the motion will occur Tuesday morning. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Aviam Soifer [faculty profile], professor and former dean at Boston College Law School, is expected to be named dean of the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law [official website], says Friday's Honolulu Advertiser.... UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) [official website] has announced that Professor [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] By a vote of 414-44 Thursday the European Parliament [official website] passed a resolution "regretting" a February joint declaration [PDF] by US and EU officials which allows European airlines to provide US Customs personnel with data on passengers flying to the United States. The Parliament wants the European Commission [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] has posted recorded video of yesterday's marathon hearing (over 9 hours) on the nomination of Priscilla Owen [DOJ nomination info] to the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The opening statement of Ranking Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy [statement] is also available online. [read more]

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