Legal news from Wednesday, September 8, 2004
20:09 EDT

Retired state judge Thomas F. Nuss ruled Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles cannot claim communications between priests and bishops are confidential to withhold evidence of clergy sex abuse. The ruling allows the Los Angeles DA access to previously concealed documents regarding retired priests. The DA calls [read more]

19:09 EDT

US District Judge Richard Owen sentenced former banker Frank Quattrone Wednesday to 18 months in prison, two years probation and a fine of $90,000. AP has more. View the original indictment here [PDF], and other documents relating to the case against Quattrone here. [read more]

19:09 EDT

Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday afternoon to recuse Jonathan Thacher from John Allen Muhammad's second death-penalty case. Read the motion here [PDF]. The motion seeks to remove the judge on grounds that he improperly conducted his own investigation by interviewing witnesses and visiting the detention center where Muhammad is being [read more]

17:09 EDT

Navy Secretary Gordon England said Wednesday that a US Guantanamo Bay military panel had determined that one prisoner at the military detention facilty for terror suspects was incorrectly named an 'enemy combatant,' and that the individual will be allowed to return to his home country. Secretary England did not release [read more]

16:09 EDT

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday to reconsider its December 2003 ruling against a 1996 federal law that allowed a wide avenue for arrest and prosecution of suspected terrorists. As previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, a three-judge panel held that the law could not be used [read more]

14:09 EDT

The US circulated a UN Security Council draft resolution on Wednesday calling for an increased monitoring force in the Darfur region of Sudan and harsh punitive actions involving the country's oil exports if the Sudanese government doesn't act quickly to increase security and end militia attacks. The resolution reasoned that [read more]

14:09 EDT

US District Judge Garret E. Brown Jr. announced Wednesday that he plans to rule on whether New Jersey voters deserve a special election to replace Governor McGreevey by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. The court heard arguments today in the suit filed by Princeton lawyers Bruce Afran and Carl [read more]

13:09 EDT

In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the US Chamber of Commerce, representing 3 million businesses, has filed suit in US District Court for the District of Columbia and the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit against the SEC to stop a requirement that mutual fund boards have [read more]

11:09 EDT

An Article 32 hearing continues Wednesday for US Army Capt. Rogelio Maynulet, who is charged with murdering an Iraqi follower of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Maynulet was charged following an incident in May in which US troops allegedly fired on a civilian vehicle suspected of carrying militants. The hearing [read more]

10:09 EDT

A federal judge Wednesday struck down the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act as unconstitutional because it did not have an exception for women whose health is in danger. District Judge Richard Kopf of the US District Court for Nebraska was the third US judge to rule against the act, after a [read more]

09:09 EDT

New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch published a report Wednesday warning that the Special Court for Sierra Leone needs more funding to ensure that the Court is able to provide fair and effective justice.... The Korea Times reports that the third South Korean judge to sit on an international [read more]

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