Legal news from Thursday, October 7, 2004
22:10 EDT

The US House of Representatives late Thursday passed a sweeping corporate tax reform package intended to end a trade war with Europe and give over $136 billion in tax breaks to businesses, farmers and other groups in what has been described as the most ambitious rewrite of corporate tax laws [read more]

20:10 EDT

A UK High Court judge ruled Thursday that doctors at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust should not revive eleven-month-old Charlotte Wyatt if she stops breathing because her serious heart and lung problems would adversely affect her quality of life. During a two-day hearing last week, doctors testified that because Charlotte’s lungs [read more]

18:10 EDT

Martha Stewart's comments after her sentencing for obstruction of justice might plausibly have an effect on the nature or posture of any appellate ruling in her case, according to a survey of appellate judges, trial judges, and lawyers conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Levick Strategic [read more]

16:10 EDT

In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Parmalat's government-appointed administrator has filed a suit against Bank of America in a North Carolina federal court. This is the latest attempt by the company to recover money from financial institutions which contributed to the dairy giant's collapse. Read the Parmalat press release [read more]

15:10 EDT

French officials Thursday denied taking oil voucher bribes from Saddam Hussein in return for help in lifting UN sanctions on Thursday, and Russian officials offered no direct comment in response to similar allegations against them made in Wednesday's Iraq Survey Group (ISG) report. Russian officials said that the UN created [read more]

15:10 EDT

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is scheduled to meet Thursday with Libya leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi over the possibility of creating permanent refugee camps in Libya. The plan would create a processing center in Libya for separating illegal immigrants, which Italy may legally deport, from valid asylum seekers, protected by [read more]

14:10 EDT

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan named a five-member panel on Thursday that was created to investigate possible war crimes occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan. The panel was created through the Security Council as per a US-drafted resolution approved last month. The panel is led by Italian judge Antonio Cassese [read more]

13:10 EDT

The European Union Thursday threatened a new set of sanctions against Burma - now officially called Myanmar - relating to the state of human rights in the country. The announcement came ahead of Friday's Asia-Europe summit (ASEM) which brings together 38 Asian and European nations. The new sanctions will reportedly [read more]

13:10 EDT

The US House of Representatives Thursday unanimously passed its second bill in three days that targets computer "spyware." Today the House voted unanimously to pass the "Internet Spyware Prevention Act" which will stiffen jail sentences and provide the Justice Department with an extra $10 million annually to enforce the measure. [read more]

13:10 EDT

Politicians in Chile have announced their agreement to remove provisions in the constitution which were widely seen as undemocratic. The scrapped provisions were introduced by former dictator General Augusto Pinochet. Under the new provisions Chile's president's will once again have the to remove the head of the country's army, navy, [read more]

13:10 EDT

The House Ethics Committee has rebuked House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for the second time in a week. The committee, in publicly issued findings, rebuked Delay for creating the appearance that donors were given special access to pending legislation and also for using the FAA to intervene in a Texas [read more]

11:10 EDT

British soldier Stuart MacKenzie will face court-martial Monday for orchestrating a hoax that resulted in the Daily Mirror publishing fake photos that seemed to show British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners. The photos, originally published in May, caused an international outcry before they were revealed to be fakes. MacKenzie is a [read more]

10:10 EDT

Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins, accused of abandoning his South Korean post in 1965 and defecting to North Korea, will face court-martial on November 3, the US Army said Thursday. Jenkins faces charges of desertion, soliciting other service members to desert, aiding the enemy and encouraging disloyalty. It is speculated that [read more]

10:10 EDT

The Supreme Court of Canada hears a second day of arguments Thursday on whether the federal government's proposed same-sex marriage legislation falls within Parliamentary authority and whether the legislation is consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government has asked the Supreme Court to issue an expedited [read more]

10:10 EDT

The EU has requested consultations with US in the World Trade Organization, the first step in the WTO's dispute settlement process, over US subsidies granted to Boeing. The EU's action follows Wednesday's announcement by the US Trade Representative that it will file a complaint with the WTO over EU subsidies [read more]

09:10 EDT

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) announced Thursday that 459 legal actions against music uploaders will be filed in Europe as part of its campaign against illegal file-sharing. The actions will focus on the UK and France, Europe's largest music markets, but are also being brought in Italy, [read more]

08:10 EDT

Addressing the UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that the UN is developing "important new tools" to strengthen its support for the rule of law and transitional justice in countries that are facing or emerging from conflict, including a justice sector mapping guide, support for the setting [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, October 7.On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM and will resume consideration of the Senate Intelligence Reform resolution (S Res 445). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US House [read more]

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