Legal news from Wednesday, September 29, 2004
22:09 EDT

An Alaska Superior Court judge ordered the state to rewrite and reissue all 517,000 of its ballots for the November 2 election Wednesday. The order is the result of a motion filed Monday by the Trust the People Initiative Committee that had requested the court stop the printing of ballots [read more]

22:09 EDT

The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal Washington DC's gun ban. The House approved the DC Personal Protection Act by a vote of 250-171. The bill still needs Senate approval and President Bush's signature before becoming law. Read the text of the bill here [PDF]. The Washington Post [read more]

21:09 EDT

Another prisoner boycotted a US status review hearing at Guantanamo Bay Wednesday. The hearing was held to determine whether the 37-year-old alleged former religious instructor who received weapons training at an Al Qaida camp in Afghanistan was properly classified as an "enemy combatant" or should be released. Military officials said [read more]

21:09 EDT

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a sentence requiring Sean Talty to make reasonable efforts to prevent conceiving another child because of delinquent child support payments was too broad. The Medina County Ohio Court of Common Pleas imposed the restriction on Talty when he failed to pay $38,000 in [read more]

15:09 EDT

Marko Boskic, a Bosnian accused of sharing a role in slaughtering thousands of Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, was indicted Wednesday on charges he falsified information on his immigration applications to the US regarding his involvement in the massacre. Federal prosecutors accuse Boskic of membership in the 10th Sabotage Detachment, [read more]

14:09 EDT

Citing a continued lack of security, the UN recommended Wednesday that African monitors should deploy in Darfur refugee camps to better protect the 1.5 million displaced persons there and to build trust with the community. Radhia Achouri, the UN advance mission spokeswoman in Khartoum, reported an increased amount of banditry [read more]

13:09 EDT

Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected Wednesday a bid to commute the sentence of John Walker Lindh, an American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Lindh pled guilty in 2002, and received a 20-year prison sentence. Lindh's attorney, who negotiated the original plea bargain, said the deal should be reconsidered [read more]

13:09 EDT

In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, SEC officials in Boston are investigating roughly two dozen mutual fund firms for any improper trading by fund managers, traders and other insiders over the past three years. CBS MarketWatch has more.In other news...As reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase, new indictments of [read more]

13:09 EDT

The FBI arrested 12 people Wednesday as aprt of an investigation into organized crime. Anthony "The Genius" Megale, alleged to be the underboss of the Gambino crime family, and 11 others were charged in a 46-count federal indictment with racketeering, extortion and illegal gambling. A second indictment added charges of [read more]

13:09 EDT

US District Judge Victor Marrero ruled Wednesday that the section of the US Patriot Act allowing authorities to demand financial records from companies in terrorism investigations is unconstitutional. Marrero concluded that the section bars any effective judicial challenge because the government does not need to show a compelling need for [read more]

12:09 EDT

Charges of perjury and obstruction of justice were added Wednesday to the indictment of Richard Scrushy, former HealthSouth CEO. The new charges are part of a superseding indictment which consolidated the counts against Scrushy from 85 to 58. Scrushy has previously pleaded innocent to charges in the 85-count indictment, saying [read more]

11:09 EDT

Martha Stewart has been ordered to serve her five-month prison sentence at the federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia, rather than at the prisons in Connecticut or Florida requested by Stewart in a letter [PDF] to Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum on September 15. Alderson is a minimum-security prison housing about [read more]

11:09 EDT

The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused Wednesday to remove the district judge presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman for Medicare fraud. US Attorney Alice Martin sought to have District Judge U.W. Clemon removed from the case for an alleged pro-defense bias. A three-judge panel [read more]

11:09 EDT

Several officers with the US Border Patrol are under investigation in connection with the deaths of three illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border near Eagle Pass, Texas. The officers are alleged to have thrown rocks at a group of six Mexicans attempting to cross the border, forcing them back [read more]

09:09 EDT

The trials of seven Pitcairn Island men on sex-abuse charges, which were scheduled to begin Monday, have been delayed, and are now scheduled to begin Wednesday. Several women in the Pacific island community have come forward in defense of the suspects, saying that under-age sex was not unusual on the [read more]

09:09 EDT

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has approved new legislation barring the installation of spyware, secret software that is installed on computers without the approval of the user. Once the bill takes effect, computer owners will be able to seek damages from responsible parties. Some criticized the law as lacking teeth to [read more]

09:09 EDT

Wednesday's New York Times includes articles about the difficulties abroad in the absentee ballot system, US immigration courts beginning to encounter natives of Darfur in Sudan, where militia attacks have forced many to flee, a lawsuit filed by the New York Times in federal court to stop a federal prosecutor [read more]

08:09 EDT

Two of the bombers convicted of planning and perpetrating the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole were sentenced to death Wednesday morning by a Yemeni court. Abdul-Rahim Al-Nashiri and Jamal Al-Badawi were accused and convicted of masterminding the attack. Four other suspects were sentenced as well, one to an eight-year [read more]

08:09 EDT

In Wednesday's environmental law news, the Kenya Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to increase the protection for lions under the UN's Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) treaty. Kenya seeks to move the lion to the treaty's Appendix 1 level, a move that would effectively ban trade [read more]

07:09 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, September 29.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM ET and will consider the Intelligence Reform Bill (S 2845). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US House will convene at [read more]

06:09 EDT

In Wednesday's US law and business press, Law.com has an Associated Press report that the AP and the Hattiesburg American have agreed to end their litigation against the US Marshals Service over the erasing of a speech by US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.... Law.com also features an Associated Press [read more]

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