Legal news from Wednesday, October 27, 2004
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US government filed a motion Wednesday requesting that the trial for Zacarias Moussaoui begin on May 31, 2005. Moussaoui, a French citizen, is charged with conspiring with al-Qaida terrorists to carry out the 9/11 attacks. The motion filed Wednesday was in response to a ruling on October 13, [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman from the office of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat said late Wednesday that a three person committee has been formed to manage Palestinian affairs while the Palestinian leader is being treated by doctors. Arafat, who has been suffering from a variety of afflictions, including heart trouble and [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, James Hardie Industries, Australian manufacturer of fiber-cement building materials, has made an agreement with union and asbestos victim groups to handle individual claims from victims of the company's asbestos products, manufactured up until 1987, as the claims occur each year and into the future. [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Margaret Hassan, the British-born director of CARE's Iraq operations who was taken hostage last week, was shown on Al-Jazeera television Wednesday pleading for the release of all female prisoners in the country and the withdrawal of all British troops from Iraq. Hassan has been shown in a handful of [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International issued a report Wednesday strongly criticizing US treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and Abu Ghraib, and urging an independent investigation into reported abuses. The report asserts that while the US publicly condemns prisoner abuse, it does not practice what it preaches:The struggle against torture and ill-treatment [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four British men held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for almost three years filed suit in Washington DC against the US government on Wednesday, alleging torture and various human rights violations and seeking $10 million each in compensation. The men, Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Agents of the US Postal Inspection Service in Florida are searching for thousands of lost absentee ballots which should have been delivered to Broward county residents. Deputy County Supervisor of Elections Gisela Salas said Wednesday that 60,000 ballots, accounting for five percent of the county electorate, were supposedly sent [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] In response to the flu shot vaccine scarcity, NJ Governor James McGreevey signed into law Wednesday a new measure that calls for $500 fines against doctors who give flu shots to low-risk patients. The bill was given emergency priority, and passed through the legislature quickly earlier this week. NJ [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the troubled Marsh & McLennan insurance company is likely to escape criminal charges with the announcement of a reformation of its business practices. Marsh will still face civil charges [PDF] filed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Read Marsh's plan here. [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins, the two British lawyers who were appointed by the International Criminal Tribinal for the Former Yugoslavia to defend Slobodan Milosevic against war crimes charges after he was ruled no longer capable of representing himself, have formally asked to withdraw from the case, a spokesman [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Wednesday allowed tobacco company Philip Morris USA to delay paying a $10.5 million judgment to a former smoker. In September, the California Supreme Court refused to reduce the award, despite Philip Morris' arguments that the amount was excessive. The company is now appealing to the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The judge presiding over the trial of four former Merrill Lynch bankers and two Enron executives Wednesday ruled that jurors could only hear the salaries of three of the Merrill Lynch defendants. Prosecutors had argued that jurors should be allowed to see the salaries, including that of one former [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary David Blunkett has said that a review of the country's murder laws will begin next year, after a report by the Law Commission concluded that the laws were "a mess." Blunkett made the announcement Tuesday during debate in the House of Commons on the Domestic Crimes, [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that an Iranian official has said the government has refused to completely suspend its uranium enrichment, a condition sought by European nations.UPDATE: An AP story is now available. The International Atomic Energy Agency has more on Iran. [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia has denied a petition for an emergency medical examination and release of records for a Canadian teenager held at Guantanamo Bay. The petition, filed by the Omar Khadr's grandmother, who has also filed on a petition for a write of [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have charged three deputy police chiefs with criminal negligence for their actions during the Beslan school hostage crisis. Russian deputy prosecutor general Nikolai Shepel announced the charges Wednesday, but would not detail what the specific charges were. Shepel also announced that the direct superiors of the three [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] As reported Tuesday on JURIST's Paper Chase, a district judge has dismissed a challenge by three Florida residents who were denied registration to vote due to incomplete applications. District Judge James Lawrence King of the US District Court for the South District of Florida ruled that county election supervisors [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] BBC News is reporting that incoming EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has withdrawn his proposed slate of Commissioners from consideration by the European Parliament after a dispute over the inclusion of controversial Justice portfolio nominee Rocco Buttiglione. Observers expected Barroso to lose the Parliamentary vote, in which the [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, October 27.Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an 11 AM ET news conference on intelligence reform legislation. Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).The trial [read more]

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