Legal news from Friday, October 29, 2004
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] Despite a statement earlier Friday that he would ask a federal judge for an eight-day extension of the deadline for counting overseas military and civilian ballots, PA Gov. Ed Rendell now faces renewed new legal action by the Republican State Committee and the father of a soldier stationed overseas [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in Abkhazia, a breakaway region in Georgia, reversed its decision Friday regarding the validity of the October 3rd regional presidential election pitting opposition leader Sergei Bagapsh against Prime Minister Raul Khadzhimba. The region’s Supreme Court declared last Thursday that the opposition leader was the winner of [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian government study released Friday - one of the first to examine the foreign impact of the USA Patriot Act - concludes that the US anti-terrorism legislation imposes risks on the privacy of Canadians, raising the need to protect their private medical and financial information. The privacy issue [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday in a 6-3 decision that police do not need to obtain a warrant before conducting infrared surveillance. Though infrared images give a clear picture of thermal radiation from bodies and other heat sources, the Court held that the process did not violate [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, the provincial government of Ontario Canada released the draft of a plan that would create a "greenbelt" around Toronto. The Greenbelt Protection Plan sets limits on development and land usage for 1.8 million acres surrounding the city. Areas not currently zoned for urban development [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with former Republican Governor Pete Wilson and Democrats Gray Davis and Jerry Brown, appeared together Friday to oppose California's Proposition 66 which will appear on the November ballot. Proposition 66 seeks to limit mandatory sentences under California's "three strikes" law to "serious" third-time felons. [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William Rehnquist was released from the National Naval Medical Center following treatment for thyroid cancer, a Supreme Court spokesman announced Friday. Rehnquist, 80, is expected to be present Monday when the Court resumes work following a two-week break. He was admitted to the hospital last weekend and [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US has warned Ukraine that it may take punitive actions if presidential elections in the country do not proceed freely on Sunday. In a statement released late Thursday, the US mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said, "If the election fails to meet international [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] PA Gov. Ed Rendell said Friday that he will seek an extension of the deadline for counting absentee ballots cast by overseas voters. Rendell proposed that any ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 be accepted if received by Nov. 9. Rendell originally opposed seeking an extension, but reconsidered after intense [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's corporations and securities law news, the University of California announced a $222.5-million settlement with Lehman Brothers in a would-be Enron shareholder class action suit. It is still unclear whether shareholders will receive any money. The Houston Chronicle has more. In other Enron news, deliberations in the trial [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors in New York have sought to stop a lawyer appointed by the Yemeni government from meeting with a prominent sheik accused in a terror funding case. Prosecutors argue that Khaled al-Ansi, the lawyer appointed to monitor the trial, could pass anti-American messages from Sheik Ali Hassan al-Moayad [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A reservist who claims he fulfilled his military obligations has asked a federal judge to reconsider her ruling to deny an injunction preventing the military from deploying him. A lawyer for Todd Parrish presented new evidence, including two affidavits from military experts arguing Parrish had fulfilled his commitment, in [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer who claims she was forced out of her position with the US Department of Justice after questioning its handling of the John Walker Lindh case has sued the department for retaliating against her. Jesselyn Radack filed the suit Thursday, alleging that DOJ had destroyed internal e-mails she [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Groups representing victims of a 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, that killed 15,000 are appealing a $330 million award issued by the Indian Supreme Court earlier this week. The groups argue that the award should be quadrupled to provide enough compensation for each of the 572,173 people that [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Following their convictions on Monday, six men have now been sentenced to up to six years in prison for rapes and sexual assaults that took place on Pitcairn Island, a British colony. Sentences for the six, who represent half of the island's male population, were suspended while they appeal. [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven Afghan men were sentenced Thursday following murder convictions relating to the brutal killing of 11 Chinese workers in Afghanistan working for the China Railway Construction Shisiju Group Corporation. Three of the individuals sentenced, including General Mohammad Akbar, a former officer of the Northern Alliance, were given the death [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A British lawyer has been convicted for leading a scam that falsely claimed millions in Legal Aid fees during the early 1990s. Tim Robinson, who led the firm Robinson's Solicitors, was convicted along with 21 other employees, it was announced Friday after a court lifted reporting restrictions on the [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission has said that new campaign financing laws do not bar candidates from receiving unlimited individual donations to cover potential recount costs. By a 4-2 vote, the commission issued an informal ruling that maintained the practice used by presidential and congressional candidates in the 2000 election. [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] European Union leaders have signed the new European Constitution (official website and text here), agreed upon this past June, at a lavish ceremony in Rome. The document is still subject to national ratifications and referenda. JURIST carried the webcast of the signing ceremony live on our front page this [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 Friday, October 29.The National Press Club is hosting a forum on the prospects for legal challenges nationwide to the outcome of the Nov. 2 election. Panelists include Doug Chapin, Executive Director of electionline.org and [read more]

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