Legal news from Monday, September 20, 2004
21:09 EDT

In Monday's environmental law news, Department of the Interior Secretary Norton announced that a settlement has been reached with the Quinault Indian Nation of Washington State to preserve 4,207 acres of timber lands on their reservation for the habitat of the threatened marbled murrelet and other species. The $32.2 million [read more]

20:09 EDT

The High Court of New Zealand ruled Monday that Air New Zealand could not proceed with a merger with the Qantas airline of Australia. The proposed merger would have consolidated some routes between the countries and given Qantas a 22.5% stake in Air NZ for US$363 million. The New Zealand [read more]

19:09 EDT

A Zimbabwean court has dropped charges against the Harare Daily News, which had been shut down by police a year ago for allegedly violating Zimbabwean media laws. The controversial laws compel all journalists and newspapers to be accredited by a government-appointed media commission. The Daily News was the only privately-owned [read more]

17:09 EDT

In Monday's corporations and securities law news, jury selection in the trial of two former Enron executives and four former Merrill Lynch executives who are being tried on fraud and conspiracy charges began today in Houston. US District Judge Ewing Werlein called in 150 potential jurors but sent home 28 [read more]

16:09 EDT

Russia's Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, framed proposals for new anti-terrorism laws Monday, the same day an inquiry into the Beslan school siege that killed more than 320 hostages began. The new law would deal out tougher punishments for people who finance or collude with terrorists, [read more]

16:09 EDT

Members of the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi insurgent group in Iraq have posted a video of the beheading of American hostage Eugene Armstrong on an Islamist website. The group, who had demanded over the weekend that Muslim women be released from Iraqi prisons, has given the US a new 24-hour deadline [read more]

16:09 EDT

Palestinian-born imam Fawaz Damra, leader of Ohio's largest mosque (the Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland), was sentenced to two months in federal prison and four months of house arrest today. Damra, who was convicted of concealing ties to alleged terrorist groups when he applied for US citizenship, could have received [read more]

15:09 EDT

The Berlin state government has banned the Arab-Islamic Congress due to be held next month which was to rally support for Iraqi and Palestinian "resistance and intifada." Henrike Morgenstern, a spokeswoman for the Berlin interior ministry, said the ban is related to an advertisement for the event published in English [read more]

15:09 EDT

President Bush signed an executive order lifting sanctions against Libya Monday as a reward for its agreement to dismantle its weapons programs. Bush had already lifted minor sanctions against the country earlier this month. The lifting of the sanctions is expected to trigger the release of more than $1 billion [read more]

14:09 EDT

Maryland's Court of Appeals held Monday afternoon that the state must accept 542 initially rejected signatures gathered by supporters of presidential candidate Ralph Nader to create a new Populist Party. The ruling overrules a state judge's decision and would put Nader's name on the Md. ballot for the Nov. 2 [read more]

14:09 EDT

A three-judge panel of Ohio's Franklin County appeals court is expected to decide Monday afternoon on the validity of petitions used to put a proposal for a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the ballot in Ohio. Opponents of the ban have questioned the authenticity of signatures in about 40 [read more]

13:09 EDT

The Israeli Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a petition from the National Religious Party (NRP) which challenges the legality of the government's proposal to forcibly evacuate 8,500 Jews from their homes. The communities in question are located along Israel's southern Mediterranean coast, and four small towns 30 miles northeast [read more]

13:09 EDT

Labor groups Jobs With Justice and United Steelworkers of America led a delegation Monday that called for Nike to change its labor practices at its annual meeting. The organizations say Nike engages in a systematic violation of workers' fundamental rights. The groups criticized Nike's devastation of Canadian communities through its [read more]

13:09 EDT

Romania's constitutional court said Monday that President Ion Iliescu may run for a legislative position in the November 28 polls. The court rejected protests by opposition parties and rights watchdogs that his candidacy is unconstitutional. The opposition argued that Article 84 of Romania's constitution says that the President cannot be [read more]

12:09 EDT

In an interview published Monday in the Arab al-Hayat newspaper (English version here), Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said that deposed president Saddam Hussein is "distraught and depressed" and has begged the Iraq government for mercy. "Saddam sent us an oral message in which he begged for mercy. He said [read more]

11:09 EDT

Catholic priest Athanase Seromba refused to appear Monday for the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Seromba, who is accused of ordering a massacre of 2,000 people who sought refuge in his church during Rwanda's genocide, has pleaded not guilty to charges of [read more]

11:09 EDT

Former General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (BBC profile here) holds a commanding lead in the early results tabulated in Indonesia's first direct presidential election, according to the country's General Election Commission (official site in Bahasa Indonesian). Prior to this election, the country's president was chosen by the supreme legislature. As of [read more]

11:09 EDT

French anti-terrorist judges have ordered six people to stand trial on charges of "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise," in connection with an alleged 2001 al Qaeda plot to attack the US embassy in Paris. Accused leader Djamel Beghal had previously admitted his involvement the plot, but now says he [read more]

10:09 EDT

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that over a dozen Federal Election Commission rules on political fund-raising improperly weaken the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 by creating an "immense loophole." Judge Kollar-Kotelly ordered the FEC to write new rules on several aspects of fund raising, including when candidates [read more]

09:09 EDT

Computer Associates is negotiating a resolution to a two-year accounting probe with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission that would involve a rarely used form of probation, the Wall Street Journal reports Monday. Computer Associates is being investigated for allegedly improperly booking $2.2 billion in revenues (JURIST's [read more]

09:09 EDT

The European Commission said Monday that accession talks with Turkey cannot begin unless a new penal code is adopted. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the Turkish parliament recessed this weekend without passing a bill meant to bring Turkey's laws closer to those of other EU member states. In [read more]

07:09 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, September 20th.Jury selection begins today in the criminal trial of two former Enron executives and four former Merrill Lynch executives charged with conspiracy and fraud for their roles in an alleged sham transaction involving [read more]

05:09 EDT

In Monday's US law and business press, the National Law Journal reports on the jurisdictional debate between VT and VA regarding same-sex parental rights.... Law.com has an Associated Press report that flag-burning and the words "under God" are issues being pushed to the forefront by congressional Republicans before the presidential [read more]

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