Legal news from Wednesday, October 13, 2004
20:10 EDT

The Mexican Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to decide whether genocide charges can be brought against former President Luis Echeverria and other top officials for a 1971 massacre of protesters. Justice Jose de Jesus Gudino, writing for the court, said there was "a national interest in resolving the possible responsibility for [read more]

20:10 EDT

The US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that a special election was not needed to replace New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, who announced his resignation in August and will step down Nov. 15. The court held that the office was not yet been [read more]

19:10 EDT

As reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday, one raising the constitutionality of the death penalty for juveniles and the other dealing with the detention of illegal aliens by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The ABA has briefs filed in [read more]

16:10 EDT

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court blocked independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader from the state ballot Wednesday, ruling that he had significantly fallen short of the number of signatures necessary for inclusion. Noting that his court's "line-by-line review of individual signatures was both exhaustive and exhuasting" Commonwealth Court President Judge James Garner [read more]

14:10 EDT

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it will soon amend its Criminal Procedure Law, including its laws on the death penalty. Huang Songyou, Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court, says that changes are required in light of the fact that China has signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social [read more]

14:10 EDT

In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC announced a settlement with Dutch retailer Ahold and two of its former executives over charges of fraud and other securities law violations stemming from last year's $850 million accounting scandal at the company's US unit. Read the Ahold press release here. [read more]

14:10 EDT

Florida's Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on the validity of the state's provisional ballot law, Section 101.048 of the Florida Statutes, which reads in its material parts:101.048 Provisional ballots.-- (1) At all elections, a voter claiming to be properly registered in the county and eligible to vote at the [read more]

13:10 EDT

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic, which had resumed at The Hague Tuesday after a month-long break, was adjourned again on Wednesday, due to defense counsel Steven Kay's lack of witnesses. Some defense witnesses who were willing to appear when Milosevic was defending himself have since withdrawn in protest after the [read more]

13:10 EDT

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied on Wednesday a petition for rehearing or rehearing en banc in the federal government's case against alleged terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. The order is available here.[PDF] Moussaoui faces the death penalty if convicted on charges of conspiracy involving the September 11, [read more]

13:10 EDT

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has vacated the non-disclosure order on the 1995 indictment of Miroslav Bralo, a member of a special forces group of the Croatian Defense Council (HVO). Bralo is accused of numerous counts of using rape as a weapon against civilians (violations of the [read more]

13:10 EDT

Swaziland Court of Appeals judges may return to work soon, ending a two-year hiatus. The appellate judges resigned en masse in 2002, to protest the Swaziland government's defiance of a court judgement which ordered the government to restore certain evicted communities to their homes. SABC News in South Africa has [read more]

11:10 EDT

Financial disclosure statements and Senate confirmation questionnaires from federal judicial nominees put forward by President Bush reveal strong ties to the energy industry, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization that has posted the material online, marking the first time that it has been made readily [read more]

11:10 EDT

The first open-court proceedings in habeas corpus challenges brought by Guantanamo Bay detainees since the Supreme Court upheld their rights to bring suit in federal court against their detentions were held Wednesday morning before District Judge Joyce Hens Green of the the US District Court for the District of Columbia. [read more]

10:10 EDT

The Department of Justice has filed suit against Pennsylvania election officials, seeking to allow voters overseas an additional two weeks to cast ballots. The DOJ argued in the suit, filed Tuesday, that PA election officals had missed a Sept. 19 deadline to mail ballots to absentee voters due to a [read more]

10:10 EDT

An Islamic militant was charged with treason Wednesday in Istanbul for allegedly plotting an attack on the mausoleum of the founder of the secular Turkish state. Metin Kaplan (BBC profile here), known as the "Caliph of Cologne," was extradited by Germany Tuesday to face charges in Turkey. German courts had [read more]

09:10 EDT

The German government faces a legal challenge by the European Commission to a law aimed at preventing any takeover of Volkswagen (site in German), Europe's largest car company. The law, aimed at protecting jobs in Germany, grants a controlling minority share in the company to the German state of Lower [read more]

09:10 EDT

A man arrested in the wake of Sept. 11 and convicted on terrorism charges has been released from prison several weeks after a judge overturned his conviction due to a mistake-riddled case. Karim Koubriti, a 26-year-old Moroccan immigrant, was released to a halfway house Tuesday, where he will remain pending [read more]

08:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, October 13.The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Roper v. Simmons (case summary from Duke Law School), where the Court will consider whether the death penalty for someone who [read more]

07:10 EDT

In Wednesday's environmental law news, the US Forest Service has signed an agreement to work with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) to return American chestnut trees to the eastern US ecosystem. The tree had once comprised nearly one-fourth of the trees in the eastern US before being struck by a [read more]

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