Legal news from Thursday, September 16, 2004
20:09 EDT

A new State Department report lists a number of Asian nations among those countries which are most restrictive of religious freedoms, with China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Burma listed as "countries of particular concern." Countries whose governments systematically restrict religious liberties receive this classification, and while President Bush is authorized [read more]

20:09 EDT

Updating an earlier report in JURIST's Paper Chase on claims by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the US-led war in Iraq constituted a violation of international law, officials from Britain, Poland, Australia, and the US insisted on Thursday that the war was legal. Annan told the BBC on Wednesday that [read more]

15:09 EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the possibility of negotiations with Chechen rebels at a news conference Thursday, equating the rebels' terrorist actions with those of Osama Bin Laden. The news comes as a disappointment to Western leaders who have pushed Moscow to find a peaceful solution to Chechen separatism, and [read more]

15:09 EDT

In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, federal regulators are investigating creditor actions in the WorldCom bankruptcy by demanding thousands of documents from bondholders related to the largest US bankruptcy in history. While the exact nature of the SEC investigation could not be determined, one source indicated the probe is [read more]

14:09 EDT

A Denver grand jury report [PDF] released Thursday concludes that the Jefferson County sheriff's office may have purposely destroyed documents regarding the investigation into the Columbine High School shootings. The report's criticism focuses in large part on John Kiekbusch, a former administrator in the sheriff's office, but the grand jury [read more]

14:09 EDT

Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Thursday at a news conference that two men have been charged with financial support to terrorists and recruiting terror group members, including one person that US authorities identify as "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla. The indictment handed up in federal district court in Miami details a [read more]

13:09 EDT

The US Transportation Department has dismissed a complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center [EPIC] against Northwest Airlines Corp. The complaint was filed after Northwest shared passenger data with federal researchers weeks after the September 11 attacks. Samuel Podberesky, assistant general counsel for aviation enforcement, found Northwest did not [read more]

13:09 EDT

In Thursday's environmental law news, the EPA has announced that New Hampshire company Pilgrim Foods, Inc. has agreed to pay $190,000 plus interest for violating the Clean Water Act - in this instance, discharging wastewater over a period of many years into a stream on the company’s property that is [read more]

13:09 EDT

Manitoba has become the fourth province in Canada to legalize same-sex marriage, following Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia (see previous report on this story on JURIST's Paper Chase). Justice Douglas Yard ruled the definition of marriage is unconstitutional after three couples challenged the definition of marriage as a union between [read more]

13:09 EDT

Three same-sex couples in Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit in a bid to overturn a state law that prohibits the state from recognizing adoptions by same-sex couples from other states and countries. The lawsuit alleges that the amendment to the Oklahoma Adoption Code, "appears to sever legal ties between [read more]

11:09 EDT

A Spanish judge has issued an order requesting that US authorities file criminal charges against Riggs Bank and its officers for concealing millions belonging to former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. According to Thursday's order, Spanish officials will press money laundering charges against the bank and its executives if US officials [read more]

11:09 EDT

The Death Penalty Information Center is reporting that the number of people receiving the death penalty has fallen substantially over the past several years. In its forthcoming report on the US death penalty, DPIC says the reluctance of juries to sentence defendants to death can be attributed to uncertainty caused [read more]

10:09 EDT

Turkey's ruling party has reversed its decision not to introduce a proposal to criminalize adultery, Turkish media reported Thursday. As reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Turkey said Tuesday that it would abandon its plan to criminalize adultery after pressure from the EU. Turkey is currently overhauling its penal code as [read more]

10:09 EDT

The New York Times highlights the re=examination of Kentucky lethal injection practices, claiming some have been practically tortured to death in the past, Martha Stewart requesting to begin her sentence as soon as possible and has surrending a search for an appeal, contract negotiations on the horizon for the nations [read more]

10:09 EDT

Diplomat Donald Keyser has been arrested and charged with making a false statement to the FBI about a recent trip to Taiwan. Keyser served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs before moving to a different position several weeks ago. Keyser is also under investigation [read more]

09:09 EDT

A senior US official has said that new satellite photos of Iran's Parchin military base demonstrate its intention to develop atomic weapons. The US charges come as the Board of Governors of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency is considering a resolution that could impose an October 31 deadline on [read more]

09:09 EDT

An Indonesia court Thursday sentenced Bambang Harimurti, the editor of leading news magazine Tempo, to one year in prison after finding him guilty on libel charges. Harimurti and two reporters were charged with libel and "inciting unrest" after Tempo published a report alleging that a millionaire businessman with ties to [read more]

07:09 EDT

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated yesterday in a BBC interview that he believed the Iraq war was illegal under international law. He said that US-led forces should have waited for a second resolution after Iraq failed to comply with a Security Council demand for the admission of weapon's inspectors. The [read more]

07:09 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, September 16th.Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor Michigan sponsors a conference on Public Witness/Public Scandal: Faith, Politics, and Life Issues in the Catholic Church, featuring presentations by a number of legal scholars [read more]

05:09 EDT

In Thursday's US law and business press, the Legal Intelligencer reports on a PA Superior Court ruling that lawyers' billing invoices are not privileged attorney-client communications and must be produced when subpoenaed in a civil contempt hearing.... The Law Technology News reports on how technology aided the prosecution in the [read more]

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