Legal news from Saturday, October 16, 2004
21:10 EDT

The UK Sunday Times reports that an investigation of US-based energy company Halliburton has revealed that the company violated US trade sanctions against Iran. The corporation once headed by now-Vice President Dick Cheney apparently sold oil mining equipment to Iran through its off-shore interests in the UK, the Cayman Islands, [read more]

21:10 EDT

Lifestyle merchandise mogul Martha Stewart says she is adjusting to life at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in an open letter to supporters released on her website Friday. Stewart, convicted last March for lying to investigators about a suspicious stock trade, said that the minimum security prison camp for women "is [read more]

20:10 EDT

The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that fear of a terrorist attack is not a justification to search protestors. Authorities began requiring protestors at the so-called School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, known formally as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, to pass through [read more]

19:10 EDT

Japan said Saturday that it would examine Peru's latest request for the extradition of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, now living in self-imposed exile in Japan. The extradition request cites embezzlement and forgery accusations against the one-time Peruvian leader of Japanese descent. It also details Fujimori's alleged role as chief [read more]

16:10 EDT

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's mandatory seat belt law was not unconstitutionally vague, even though it 'was hardly the model of clarity.' Read the opinion here. The law had been contested for requiring that certain vehicles meet detailed seat belt specifications that are difficult to locate. [read more]

15:10 EDT

The US State Department has announced that Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'al-Jihad (BBC News profile here), the terror group allegedly run by Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi and which has claimed responsibility for the murders and beheadings of several Americans in Iraq, has been formally designated a terrorist organization under the US Immigration and [read more]

15:10 EDT

President Bush signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 [PDF] into law Saturday. The Act, signature of which was originally expected Thursday, creates an Anti-Semitism office within the State Department and mandates an annual review and report on anti-Semitism around the world, in much the same way that the [read more]

14:10 EDT

The African Union has announced that the deployment of troops to the Darfur region of Sudan scheduled for Sunday will be postponed about a week. The first troops were to come from Rwanda, but an official said Saturday that logistical problems had yet to be solved, preventing the deployment of [read more]

11:10 EDT

The founding president of the American Muslim Foundation, Abdurahman Alamoudi, received the maximum sentence of 23 years in prison and fines of more than $20,000 Friday after pleading guilty to immigration fraud and illegal transactions with Libya in federal district court in Alexandria, Virgina. In his guilty plea, originally entered [read more]

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