Legal news from Saturday, October 2, 2004
22:10 EDT

In excerpts published Sunday from a new book due out October 7, former senior Pentagon intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Christino, a 20-year military veteran, says that the holding and interrogation of hundreds of terror suspects under harsh physical and dubious legal conditions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has failed to [read more]

20:10 EDT

The Palestinian cabinet declared a state of emergency Saturday in response to Israeli military operations in the Gaza strip. The declaration appealed for international assistance against the Israeli incursion that has resulted in the death of 11 Palestinians. The statement also condemned the "world silence in the face of the [read more]

16:10 EDT

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh has filed a petition for review of the decision of Fairfax County Virginia Circuit Judge M. Langhorne Keith's Friday ruling dismissing charges in the second capital murder trial of convicted "DC sniper" John Allen Mohammad. Morrogh argues that the judge erred in calculating the [read more]

16:10 EDT

Australian Minister of Justice Chris Ellison said Saturday that the suicides of four individuals charged in the country's largest criminal investigation will not deter future arrests. The Australian Federal Police have already charged over 200 suspects in a massive child pornography sweep. Ellison stated that arrests from the action, termed [read more]

15:10 EDT

Former Chilean president General Augusto Pinochet has been charged with tax evasion by the Chilean Inland Revenue Office (offical site in Spanish). Pinochet is alleged to have made false or incomplete returns based on information brought to light by a US probe into Riggs Bank in May. The US government [read more]

15:10 EDT

The UN Security Council passed a resolution late Friday to authorize the addition of nearly 6,000 more troops to the peacekeeping force currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The unanimous vote came after Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated his belief that the forces in the Congo needed around 24,000 [read more]

14:10 EDT

The Arkansas Supreme Court late Friday put independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader back on the state ballot with a 4-3 ruling, overturning a lower court determination that 1000 people who had signed a petitions in his favor had not fomally named him as "their" presidential candidate. At this time the [read more]

13:10 EDT

In a victory for free speech advocates, a US District Judge in California ruled Thursday that e-voting machine maker Diebold knowingly misrepresented its claims when it sent cease and desist letters to students who posted Diebold's internal communications on the internet, and the students' internet provider. The memos were stolen [read more]

11:10 EDT

Iran overhauled Section 44 of its constitution Saturday, making changes which would allow for privatization of various industries, including shipping, telecommunications, and downstream oil and gas. The constitution, created in 1979, had previously decreed that all core infrastructure must be governed by the state, rather than by private enterprises. The [read more]

10:10 EDT

Russia's upper house of Parliament, the Federation Council, has approved a bill that would allow President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin virtually full power to appoint the judicial branch of the Russian government. The bill has yet to be approved by the lower house, the State Duma, but is expected [read more]

10:10 EDT

Gay rights activists in Louisiana brought a lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage approved by Louisiana voters earlier this month. The plaintiffs contend that the law was passed illegally by the state legislature because it serves to ban civil unions as well as gay marriages, and because [read more]

10:10 EDT

Conrad Black, the former CEO of Hollinger Inc., announced on Friday that he would file a $1.1 billion defamation lawsuit against a Hollinger special committee that had filed a report alleging that Black and other corporate executives had stolen money from the company. Hollinger holdings include the Chicago Sun-Times and [read more]

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