Legal news from Monday, October 18, 2004
20:10 EDT

Iraq Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi Monday announced plans to extend a cash-for-weapons program for Shiite fighters to the entirety of Iraq in an attempt to disarm the country. The program started in Sadr City as part of a deal to end fighting by the Shiite forces, and has been [read more]

17:10 EDT

In Monday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC is reportedly investigating pension records at six big companies, including Delphi Corp. The Commission is focusing on whether the companies manipulated earnings by using inaccurate estimates to calculate pension costs. The SEC is also examining "cookie jar" reserves, said to be [read more]

15:10 EDT

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Florida voters who cast provisional ballots in the wrong precinct will have their vote disqualified, even if they are legally registered. The ruling is expected to affect residents who were displaced by the state's four hurricanes. The AFL-CIO labor union had appealed to [read more]

15:10 EDT

The United States and Saudi Arabia will hold negotiations to determine the fate of the 124 Saudi prisoners held as detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to Ahmed Mazhar, the chief Saudi lawyer for defending Guantanamo prisoners. Writing Monday in the daily at-Watan [in Arabic], Mazhar said that he has [read more]

14:10 EDT

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson appeared with Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist Monday in Tampa to announce that HHS will join a Florida suit over price markups for flu vaccine that have reached as high as 1,000 percent of normal cost. Only about half of the [read more]

14:10 EDT

The United Nations and rights watchdog Human Rights Watch have accused Israel of violating international law by destroying Palestinian homes in Gaza. In a report issued Monday, HRW claims that Israel has overstated threats in order to justify the destruction of some 16,000 Palestinian homes in the past four years. [read more]

14:10 EDT

US trade officials Monday appealed a World Trade Organization ruling ordering the US to drop some subsidies to producers of cotton and other commodities. The WTO ruled last month that US payments to cotton producers were illegal export subsidies that should be removed "without delay." Brazil brought the complaint against [read more]

13:10 EDT

The Federal Election Commission has announced that it will decide the issue of fundraising for potential recount costs prior to the Nov. 2 election. The FEC said it will decide the issue at its Oct. 28 meeting, the last before the presidential election. Democratic candidate John Kerry originally requested an [read more]

12:10 EDT

The US Army is investigating 18 reservists in Iraq and could file charges after the soldiers allegedly refused to complete a supply mission last week, claiming their safety was jeopardized by vehicles without armor or adequate repairs. Brig. Gen. James Chambers said the incident was isolated and was not affecting [read more]

11:10 EDT

Inspectors for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency are visiting Brazil (official site in Portuguese) Monday to examine the country's efforts to enrich uranium. The Brazilian government has a nuclear plant in Resende, near Rio de Janeiro, that it claims is being used solely to produce energy. The IAEA mandate [read more]

10:10 EDT

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Deck v. Missouri, where the court will decide whether it is unconstitutional to conduct the penalty phase of a murder trial if the defendant is shackled and handcuffed in full view of the jury. Read the Missouri Supreme Court decision appealed from [read more]

10:10 EDT

AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider a Texas congressional map that could give Republicans six additional seats in Congress.UPDATE: The Supreme Court ordered the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to reconsider whether state legislatures can force the [read more]

09:10 EDT

Registered voters can begin casting their ballots Monday in Florida and other states using early voting systems. Early voting is one of the changes made by elections officials in Florida after the 2000 ballot recount dispute. The state's Division of Elections has background on Florida's early voting process. Reuters has [read more]

09:10 EDT

The Central Elections Commission in Belarus announced Monday that 77 percent of registered voters approved of a constitutional amendment that will allow President Alexander Lukashenko to run for a third term. However, elections observers say that the referendum "fell significantly short" of international standards. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation [read more]

06:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, October 18.Early voting begins today in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, North Dakota and Texas. AP has more on early voting in Florida.... Today is the deadline for voter registration in California, Kansas and South Dakota.... [read more]

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