Legal news from Thursday, October 21, 2004
20:10 EDT

In Thursday's environmental law news, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced an interim special rule [PDF] that will allow trade in products derived from Beluga Sturgeon (Huso huso) consistent with regulatory requirements already in force under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The FWS press [read more]

17:10 EDT

In response to lawsuits filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the city of New York has agreed to destroy fingerprints taken, in an apparent violation of state law, from hundreds of protesters arrested at last month's Republican National Convention. One suit noted that under section 160.10(2) of the [read more]

16:10 EDT

The National Wildlife Federation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a decision by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to allow grazing and haying on millions of acres of land enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during primary nesting season, when ground-nesting birds are rearing their broods. The suit [read more]

16:10 EDT

The Houston Chronicle reports that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was subpoenaed yesterday over his role in tracking down 53 Texas Democratic legislators who fled the state last year to block a vote on a bitterly contested congressional redistricting bill engineered by state Republicans. Texas Democratic legislator Lon Burnam sued [read more]

15:10 EDT

US District Judge Reggie Walton Thursday granted bioterror expert Dr. Stephen Hatfill's request to question journalists who published stories based on government leaks about the late-2001 anthrax attacks. As previously reported in JURIST Paper Chase, Hatfill filed a defamation suit against Attorney General Ashcroft and other government authorities who publicly [read more]

15:10 EDT

In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, American International Group Inc. (AIG) announced a federal grand jury in Indiana is investigating the company's contract with cell phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. The probe centers on products that AIG sold that companies, including Brightpoint, might have used to make their earnings look [read more]

15:10 EDT

US District Judge S. James Otero today dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop Los Angeles County from removing the symbol of the cross from its county seal. The county Board of Supervisors decided on the change in order to avoid a lawsuit by the ACLU, but the Thomas More [read more]

14:10 EDT

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), considered to the be the policing agency of the UN, launched a comprehensive program Thursday designed to limit the use of containers in the commission of crimes, including terrorism. According to the UNODC, containers that are legally used to transport bulk materials [read more]

13:10 EDT

The Florida Supreme Court Thursday denied a request by Florida Governor Jeb Bush that it reconsider its decision striking down the law blocking Terri Schiavo's husband from removing the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube. The Court had ruled unanimously to strike down the law, which the Florida Legislature had passed after [read more]

13:10 EDT

Three Muslim girls have been expelled from high schools in France for refusing to remove their headscarves. They join two other girls expelled on Tuesday for the same reason. The French law, which came into effect on September 2, bans conspicuous religious symbols in public schools. The ban is meant [read more]

12:10 EDT

South Korea's Constitutional Court Thursday ruled that a government plan to relocate the nation's capital is unconstitutional. The ruling, which is seen as a major blow to President Roh Moo-hyun, was supported by eight of the nine judges and required the government to first put the subject to a referendum. [read more]

11:10 EDT

Incoming European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday that he would stand by Rocco Buttiglione, his controversial nominee for EU Justice Commissioner. Some members of the European Parliament have called for Buttiglione to be reassigned or removed from the slate of proposed Commissioners after Buttiglione called homosexuality a sin [read more]

11:10 EDT

The UN General Assembly's Legal Committee (the Sixth Committee) begins debate Thursday on an international anti-cloning treaty. The committee will focus on two versions of the proposed treaty - Costa Rica's draft [PDF] calls for treaty banning all cloning; Belgium's draft would ban the cloning of babies, but allow countries [read more]

10:10 EDT

Lawyer Ziad Khasawneh, spokesman for the Jordanian Committee for Defending Saddam, claimed Thursday that the government of Iraq was planning to rush the trial of former dictator Saddam Hussein forward so that the US elections would draw attention away from the lack of fairness in the proceedings. Khasawneh accused Iyad [read more]

10:10 EDT

As anticipated on JURIST's Paper Chase, Martha Stewart's defense team has appealed her conviction on charges of lying to federal investigators to the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that several problems with the prosecution's case "tainted" her trial. Stewart's attorneys argue that the prosecution improperly suggested that Stewart [read more]

10:10 EDT

AP is reporting that US Army Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick has been sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Frederick pleaded guilty Wednesday to five charges of abusing detainees at the prison, including dereliction of [read more]

09:10 EDT

US House and Senate conferees have begun negotiating an intelligence reform bill implementing the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission. Conference panel members have been asked to stay in Washington through the weekend in hopes of reaching an agreement on the legislation before the November election. As previously reported on JURIST's [read more]

09:10 EDT

British lawyer Steven Kay, who was appointed to conduct former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's defense at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, told an ICTY appeals court Thursday that the lower court deprived Milosevic of a fundamental right when it barred him from conducting his own defense. The [read more]

09:10 EDT

Every day from now until November 2, and as long after that as necessary, JURIST will be starting the substantive portion of our news schedule with a daily round-up of law-related stories relating to the upcoming election. During the day we will also break in with any major election law [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 21.Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law will host a lecture on the Legacy of Election 2000, featuring Ohio Governor Bob Taft. Moritz professors Steven Huefner, Peter Shane and Daniel Tokaji will also [read more]

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