Legal news from Wednesday, October 6, 2004
20:10 EDT

In Wednesday's environmental law news, the British government has announced that 95% of Britain's rivers, 82% of lakes and other water bodies, and 53% of ground water is at risk of failing new water standards established by the European Union. The standards will not become effective until 2015, giving the [read more]

19:10 EDT

The Senate late Wednesday approved an intelligence reform bill based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission by a vote of 96-2. The National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S 2845), introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), would create a national counterterrorism center and the position [read more]

15:10 EDT

Following up on a story reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase, Italy has reversed its stance on the Libyan migrants in Lampedusa, an Italian island between Tunisia and Sicily, expelling two more planeloads of asylum-seekers Wednesday. The UN and human rights groups have criticized Italy for the expulsions, saying that [read more]

15:10 EDT

In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted eight former Peregrine Systems, Inc. executives. The eight executives allegedly took part in a conspiracy to inflate company earnings which ultimately resulted in losses amounting to billions of dollars. Six of [read more]

14:10 EDT

Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), criticized the UN Security Council Wednesday for its inaction on North Korea's violation of international nuclear agreements. Addressing the Pugwash anti-nuclear weapons conference in Seoul, ElBaradei said that the Council's lack of response had sent a message to rogue [read more]

13:10 EDT

Magistrate Judge Frank Maas of Federal District Court in Manhattan denied bail Tuesday for John A. "Junior" Gotti. Gotti stands accused of trying to murder radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa in 1992. Judge Maas refused Gotti's offer of $10 million bail, and was unconvinced by defense attorneys' claims that [read more]

13:10 EDT

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday denied North Carolina's request to proceed with the execution of Sammy Crystal Perkins. His execution had been scheduled for this Friday. Last week, US District Judge Terrence Boyle issued his second stay of execution for Perkins, who was convicted [read more]

13:10 EDT

Two organizations which represent UN staff members have sent a joint letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, calling for the full withdrawal of UN staff from Iraq because of high risks to safety and security. The September 30 letter, released Wednesday, states that "just one staff member is one staff [read more]

12:10 EDT

Italy (official governmental site in Italian) bowed Tuesday to international pressure from various NGOs, human rights groups, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and stopped its indiscriminate return of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants from the island of Lampedusa (official governmental site in Italian), where thousands of Africans from [read more]

11:10 EDT

A Virginia judge has refused to reconsider his dismissal of the second capital case against convicted DC sniper John Allen Muhammad, ending the case for good. Circuit Judge M. Langhorne Keith issued the brief ruling late Tuesday, after the commonwealth's attorney office appealed his earlier dismissal of the case due [read more]

11:10 EDT

A coalition including the ACLU appealed Wednesday to the Georgia Supreme Court a lower-court ruling allowing a same-sex marriage constitutional ban to appear on ballots in the Nov. 2 elections. According to the group, the referendum should not be used since it will not allow voters to read the full [read more]

10:10 EDT

Spanish authorities arrested five suspected ETA operatives Wednesday, just days after apprehending 21 suspected members, including the two top leaders. Police said the suspects were ready to carry out an attack in northern Spain at the time of the arrest. Police said they also seized weapons caches after searching several [read more]

09:10 EDT

The trial of ten radical Islamists charged with plotting to bomb the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, nearly four years ago has begun. Each of the men faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted in the trial, which is expected to last about three months. The defendants, either [read more]

09:10 EDT

AP is reporting that the US trade representative has announced that US will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over allegedly unfair subsidies provided to Airbus by European governments. The Office of the US Trade Representative has a press release.UPDATE: An AP story is now available online. [read more]

09:10 EDT

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit next week challenging limitations on the use of provisional ballots, which are part of election law alterations made in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. The hearing, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 13 could result in changes [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, October 6.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM ET and will resume consideration of the Intelligence Reform Bill (S 2845). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN). A vote on the [read more]

07:10 EDT

AP is reporting that the European Commission has recommended that the European Union hold membership talks with Turkey, but has set conditions. As previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, Turkey's legislature recently approved changes to the country's penal code in a last-minute bid to enhance its chances of EU admission.UPDATE: [read more]

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