Legal news from Saturday, October 23, 2004
20:10 EDT

Kosovo's minority Serbian population was all but silent Saturday in the province's first general election since becoming a UN protectorate in 1999. The vast majority of Serbs - up to 99%, according to estimates - boycotted the vote for a Kosovo Assembly in an effort to de-legitimize the Albanian-led movement [read more]

20:10 EDT

AP is reporting that the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Ohio voters who use provisional ballots must cast those ballots in their own precincts, overruling a contrary lower-court decision that would have counted them so long as they were cast in the correct county, and upholding [read more]

16:10 EDT

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader to reverse a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that prevented him from being placed on the state's election ballot. Nader's bid to be placed on the ballot had originally been rejected by the PA Commonwealth Court following [read more]

15:10 EDT

French prosecutors initiated proceedings Saturday that will require French investigating magistrate Sophie Clement to decide within the next 6 weeks whether former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet should be tried in absentia for "illegal confinement accompanied or followed by acts of torture" of French citizens that disappeared under Pinochet's rule in [read more]

14:10 EDT

Two days of talks held by the UN Cameroon-Nigerian Mixed Commission in an effort to end a dispute between the two countries over the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula ended Friday with no agreement. The UN representative at the talks, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, announced that the Commission would refer the matter back [read more]

14:10 EDT

EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana pledged over $100 million (USD) to the African Union Saturday to help finance the regional organization's peacekeeping efforts in Sudan. As previously reported by JURSIT's Paper Chase here, the AU has expanded the number of peacekeepers in the region in an attempt to quell [read more]

11:10 EDT

A US Army captain has filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Manhattan to block his upcoming deployment to Iraq. Jay J. Ferriola claims in court papers filed Friday that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld unlawfully seeks to retain his services in the Army after he resigned in June [read more]

09:10 EDT

Republicans in Ohio are aggressively challenging voter registrations in the state in the run-up to the November 2 election. On Friday, they challenged about 35,000 registrations, about 14,000 of them in Cleveland's Cuyahoga County. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer has more. Also in Ohio, Justice Department lawyers told a federal appeals court [read more]

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