Legal news from Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Texas state District Judge John Dietz held the Texas school financing system violates the Texas state constitution Wednesday, because it does not provide equal funding to both rich and poor students. Texas allocates funds to its schools by siphoning money from wealthier school districts and into poorer ones. Judge Dietz … [read more]

In Wednesday's environmental law news, the EPA has approved a final discharge permit for oil and gas offshore oil platforms located off the California coast. The new permit sets stricter limits for oil and grease effluent and will become effective on December 1, 2004. See the press release for more.In … [read more]

The judge in the four year old USS Cole trial adjourned the case Wednesday until he issues his verdict on September 29. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the six Yemeni defendants. AP has more. The US Navy maintains a USS Cole page with background information on the briefings … [read more]

US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered the US government Wednesday to release records about the treatment of prisoners in Iraq. Judge Hellerstein, in stating that "no one is above the law," gave the government 30 days to comply with the order after he questioned its slow response to the ACLU's … [read more]

The National Hockey League confirmed Wednesday that it would lockout its players on Thursday, an expected work stoppage that could effectively cancel the 2004-2005 hockey season. Team managements have demanded cost certainty, which players see as a veiled attempt at a salary cap, a move players have vowed to resist. … [read more]

Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey ruled Wednesday that Ralph Nader had to be removed from Florida's November ballot, finding that Nader's nominating party, the Reform Party, was not a legitimate party under Florida law. Judge Davey's ruling reinstated his temporary order last week keeping Nader off the ballot, which was … [read more]

AP is reporting that peace talks between Sudanese rebels and the government broke off Wednesday after three weeks of little progress. The Sudanese government insists that US criticism hardened the rebels beyond the possibility of compromise. AP has more on this story. Read more on the crisis in Darfur on … [read more]

The Republican-run Senate Appropriations Committee approved a provision Wednesday that effectively blocks President Bush's proposed overtime rules. The vote comes less than a week after the House voted 223-193 to prevent the Labor Department from implementing out the rules, as reported last Thursday on JURIST's Paper Chase. The new rules … [read more]

Spanish police arrested 10 people near Barcelona Wednesday in an operation against "Islamic terrorism." Most of the 10 being held are of Pakistani descent, but police say these arrests have no connection to the investigation into the Madrid train bombing last March. Fifty-five people have been arrested in connection with … [read more]

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request from the Bush campaign to force the Federal Election Commission to act on complaints regarding private groups spending millions of dollars on anti-Bush ads. District Judge James Robertson said that although the FEC had moved at a "glacial pace" in handling complaints, he … [read more]

In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, PIMCO mutual fund group's adviser and two affiliates have agreed to settle charges involving a failure to disclose payments made to brokers for promoting PIMCO funds by paying a fine of more than $20 million. As part of the deal, PIMCO and the … [read more]

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ordered Wednesday that the trial of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic be suspended until October 12. Milosevic's recently appointed defense lawyers had requested the delay in order to prepare their case. Milosevic had intended to defend himself, but the three-judge panel … [read more]

As reported earlier today, Martha Stewart has asked to start serving her jail sentence immediately. A Manhattan federal judge had allowed her to stay out of prison while her appeal was pending. AP has the full story here. … [read more]

The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1560 Tuesday, authorizing the extension of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea until March 15, 2005. The resolution also approved recommendations made by Secretary-General Kofi Annan about the redistribution of military forces in the border demarcation mission. The offical UN press … [read more]

WNBC in New York is reporting that a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking a special election to replace New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey, who announced his resignation last month after disclosing an affair with a male state employee. … [read more]

Martha Stewart has announced at a news conference that she will enter prison early while her appeal is still pending. … [read more]

Lawyers representing eight Iraqis who are suing defense contractors that provided personnel for Iraqi prisons are seeking an injunction against one of the companies that would prevent it from using untrained interrogators. Attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a motion Tuesday requesting that CACI International Inc. be required … [read more]

Malaysia's high court ruled Wednesday that former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim could not appeal a corruption conviction and clear the way for a return to politics. The Federal Court had previously overturned a sodomy conviction against Anwar, freeing him from prison after six years, but the court refused to … [read more]

Russian prosecutors have charged Murpashi Kulayev, an alleged Chechen militant, in connection with a three-day hostage crisis at a school in the south of the country in which 330 were killed. Russian news agency Interfax reported Tuesday that Kulayev faced nine charges, including terrorism and murder, according to General Prosecutor … [read more]

AP is reporting that three Americans accused of torturing prisoners in a private jail in Afghanistan have been found guilty and have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...Trial of American vigilantes in Afghanistan postponedTrial continues for US vigilantes in AfghanistanAmericans accused of … [read more]

Here's a run-down of law-related events and developments on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, September 15th.In the federal courts, US District Judge Garrett Brown Jr. is set at 11 AM ET to deliver his ruling in a lawsuit that argues a special election should be held in New Jersey to choose … [read more]

Wednesday's New York Times includes articles on reactions to Russian President Vladimir Putin's planned overhaul of Russia's electoral system, and on Tuesday's approval by the Republican-led US House of Representatives of a measure requiring sanctions against lawyers who file lawsuits deemed frivolous.The Washington Post notes that Maryland's highest court on … [read more]

In Wednesday's US law and business press, features an AP report that House Republicans have pushed through legislation aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits.... The New York Law Journal reports on a Second US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that lenders who at closing charge home buyers marked-up fees for … [read more]

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