Legal news from Friday, March 21, 2003
23:03 EDT

[JURIST] Major General Thomas Fiscus, Judge Advocate General of the US Air Force [official profile], talked to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Friday about how lawyers help to choose US bombing targets so as to avoid violating the Geneva Conventions. Listen to the interview . [read more]

23:03 EDT

[JURIST] An editorial in the Glasgow Herald suggests that as the technology of war changes, the Geneva Conventions and the law of war need to keep up:Once the conflict is over, America, and Britain, should assemble an international conference to frame a fifth Geneva Convention that reflects the realities and [read more]

22:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations spoke to reporters at UN Headquarters Friday, assailing the UN for allegedly breaching a number of its peacekeeping, disarmament and humanitarian responsibilities, and deploring Secretary General Kofi Annan's failure to condemn the US and UK attack on Iraq and take adequate steps within [read more]

22:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking Thursday to the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, State Department legal adviser William Howard Taft IV said that President Bush's authority to use force in Iraq under both US and international law is "clear":First, it goes without saying that the President's authority to use force under [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an address to the State Duma (lower house of the Russian Parliament) in Moscow Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov offered his country's latest legal assessment of the war in Iraq:This action does not have legal grounds, of course. Attempts to justify it by referring to earlier UN [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website] said Friday that US officials involved in military operations against Iraq could be liable for war crimes prosecution for the "Shock and Awe" operation now under way: A Senior Pentagon official has stated publicly: "There will not be [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Voice of America reports that at a news conference in Baghdad Friday Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf accused the US of targeting civilian locations [VOA report], and displayed photographs of what he said were civilian casualties from recent missile and bombing raids. For legal background on this [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] held Friday that the provisions of 47 U.S.C. Sec. 227(b)(1)(C) regulating unsolicited faxes satisfy the constitutional test for regulation of commercial speech and did not violate defendants' First Amendment rights. The Court said that there is a substantial government interest [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Harvard Law Record reports from Harvard Law School [official website] on law students' reaction to the start of war in Iraq.... According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Aviam Soifer, the new dean of the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law, will make about $250,000 a year, [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Newdow, the plaintiff in the US Ninth Circuit Pledge of Allegiance cases opposed to "under God", spoke recently at Duke Law School. Watch recorded video of his lecture, now online from Duke Law School. [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department confirmed Thursday that it has expelled three Iraqi diplomats from the Iraqi Interests section of the Algerian Embassy in Washington, DC, and has also expelled two members of the Iraqi Mission to the UN. Expulsions of diplomats to the United States are governed by the [read more]

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