Legal news from Wednesday, November 3, 2004
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Jury deliberations began Wednesday in the Scott Peterson murder trial. Judge Alfred A. Delucci gave about 45 minutes worth of instructions to jurors before sending them off to the jury room to decide whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife Laci Peterson. The five month old trial concluded as Peterson's [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the first criminal trial stemming from the Enron collapse returned a verdict of guilty against a former Enron Vice President and four Merrill Lynch bankers Wednesday. The five were convicted of fraud and conspiracy in connection with the inflation of Enron's profits through a deal to [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] After 11 states voted Tuesday for bans on gay marriage, civil rights groups wasted no time Wednesday preparing legal challenges. Karl Olson, executive director of the gay-rights group PRIDE in Montana, said that this vote was only a "blip" in history, adding that the Constitution "isn’t going to be [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Conceding the presidential race to George Bush Wednesday afternoon in a speech at Boston's Faneuil Hall, John Kerry said that the outcome of an election should be decided by the voters, and not by a "protracted legal fight." With a handful of states yet to be decided, Kerry and [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Impala, an organization representing 2,500 independent music companies, announced Wednesday that it would ask the EU's high court to overturn a decision allowing the merger of industry giants Sony and Bertelsmann (BMG). The merger, approved by EU regulators in July, and not opposed by the US FTC, would result [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry will make remarks to supporters at about 1:00 PM ET at Fanueil Hall in Boston. Watch ">live video here via C-SPAN.UPDATE: Kerry is now expected to deliver his concession speech at 2:00 PM ET. Live video will also be available via MSNBC. President Bush [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that John Kerry has called President Bush to concede the Presidential race.UPDATE: ABC News is reporting that Kerry will make a concession speech at 1 PM ET in Boston. As early as this morning, the Kerry campaign had maintained that it would wait for all ballots [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Knesset has approved a compensation plan for Israeli settlers displaced by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan. AP has background here. [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday for UK Trooper Kevin Lee Williams, who is charged with the murder of Hassan Sayyed in Ad-Dayr in south eastern Iraq in August 2003. Williams is expected to stand trial for the alleged killing at Old Bailey this spring. The charges were brought [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A fourth US soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal has been found guilty. Spc. Megan Ambuhl pleaded guilty at a court-martial hearing over the weekend, her attorney said Tuesday, and she was docked a half-month of pay and reduced in rank to private. Ambuhl, who appeared [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US soldier Charles Robert Jenkins, accused of defecting to North Korea when he disappeared while serving on the border in 1965, pleaded guilty to desertion during a court-martial Wednesday, and he was sentenced to 30 days in prison and dishonorable discharge. At the proceeding, Jenkins said he fled from [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UN panel reviewing election results in Afghanistan has certified Hamid Karzai as the official winner, it was announced Wednesday. Karzai's victory had been previously announced by officials in the country, but the UN panel named to review complaints concluded that, although some irregularities and shortcomings in the election [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Nov. 3.The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases today, beginning at 10 AM ET. In the first, Small v. United States (case summary from Duke Law School), the Court will [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] Bringing to a close JURIST's live all-night election coverage, here's an overview of some of the remaining issues as the nation awaits the final outcome of a tight presidential election.... Ohio remains the focus of the nation's attention this morning, as the election results have not been [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 7:53 AM ET - Election law specialists say Republicans or Democrats could file more vote-related lawsuits Wednesday. The threshold question in the Ohio race is whether there are enough votes in question to jeopardize the lead President Bush holds over Senator Kerry in the state. Ohio Secretary [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 7:12 AM ET - CNN is reporting that ten of the eleven gubernatorial races across the country have been called; Washington is too close to call at this time.GOP Governors include Indiana's Mitch Daniels over Democrat Joe Kernan, and North Dakota Republican Governor John Hoeven over Democratic [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] Updated results are now available on several ballot initiatives followed during tonight's election coverage on JURIST's Paper Chase:Alaska voters considered a measure legalizing marijuana. An early lead for supporters of legalization evaporated as more returns came in. With 96% of precincts reporting:Yes - 103,440 (43%)No - 136, [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 6:23 AM EST - Lawyers for President Bush headed to Ohio early this morning, which will most likely be the scene of a court battle over the of tens of thousands of uncounted ballots cast by people who would otherwise have been turned away from the polls [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 6:00 AM ET - Election overview: CNN has projected Kerry wins in California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.Bush has been projected to win Alabama, Alaska, [read more]

05:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 5:46 AM ET - AP is reporting that White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has asserted that President Bush has won in Ohio and has won re-election. President Bush himself has not make an appearance, although one had been anticipated earlier.5:57 AM ET - CNN quotes [read more]

05:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 5:37 AM ET - The tally of provisional ballots cast in Ohio has climbed to 135,149, according to the OH Secretary of State website, now exceeding Bush's lead over Kerry in the state. Bloomberg has more on the impact of provisional ballots in Ohio. [read more]

05:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 5:00 AM ET - NBC is reporting that New Mexico elections officials have stopped counting ballots for the night. With 99% of precincts reporting: Bush - 333,525 (50%)Kerry - 322,571 (49%)Earlier this morning, there were reports that Bush would declare victory in the election if New Mexico [read more]

04:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 4:46 AM ET - AP is projecting that Kerry has carried Wisconsin, with its 10 electoral votes. This bring electoral college totals to Bush, 271 (including OH and NV) and Kerry 252. [read more]

04:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 4:30 AM ET - Provisional ballots cast in Ohio now total 95,649, according to the OH Secretary of State website. Current results in Ohio:Bush 2,747,992 (51.36%)Kerry 2,576 459 (48.16%)Bush leads by 171,533 votes in Ohio.4:42 AM ET - The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Ohio Secretary of [read more]

04:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 4:07 AM ET - Kerry Campaign Manager Mary Beth Cahill has released a statement on the Kerry-Edwards website that "The vote count in Ohio has not been completed. There are more than 250,000 remaining votes to be counted. We believe when they are, John Kerry will win [read more]

04:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 4:00 AM ET - AP is reporting that Democrat Tom Daschle has been defeated by Republican John Thune in the South Dakota Senate race, marking the first time in 52 years that a party leader has been defeated. [read more]

03:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 3:38 AM ET - CBS News is saying that sources inside the White House say that if New Mexico is called for Bush, Bush will declare victory in the Presidential election. 3:52 AM ET - NBC News reports that the two Senators from Ohio, both Republican, have [read more]

03:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 3:00 AM ET - As OH precinct reports come close to 100%, the conventional wisdom seems to be that the Bush margin of victory may outstrip the number of potential Kerry votes to be found in provisional ballots. The OH Secretary of State has announced that they [read more]

02:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 2:35 AM ET - With 95.19% of precincts reporting in OH, the totals are:Bush - 2,668,988 - 51.325%Kerry - 2,506,083 - 48.19%Difference: 162,905According to the OH Secretary of State website, only 36,932 provisional ballots had been issued to counties before the election. The OH Secretary of State [read more]

02:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] With over 101 of 119 precincts now reporting in Alaska, the breakdown on that state's Proposition 2, legalizing marijuana, is running significantly in favor:YES 46087 NO 33569Read a backgrounder on Proposition 2 here [PDF].In Oregon, the lead in the Measure 35 vote on limiting damages in medical [read more]

02:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 2:00 AM ET - AP is reporting that Republicans have picked up at least 3 Senate seats, including the one held by Daschle of South Dakota. AP is also projecting a possible total of 232 for Republicans in the House.2:15 AM ET - Kerry camp announces that [read more]

01:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 1:52 AM ET - CBS News has called Minnesota's 10 electoral votes for Kerry. [read more]

01:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special]1:00 AM ET - NBC News has called the 20 electoral votes of Ohio for Bush, putting the election as a whole heavily in his favor.1:03 AM ET - NBC News has called Alaska for Bush, adding its 3 electoral votes to his total, putting him at 269, [read more]

01:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has nullified 233 punch card votes after a poll worker, attempting to relieve voting congestion, took a punch machine from Precinct 3B for his Precinct 3A voters. The ballots for the two precints are different however, with different candidates at [read more]

00:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] 12:23 AM ET - ABC News has called Colorado's 9 electoral votes for President Bush. 12:35 AM ET - ABC News has projected the final electoral vote from Maine for Senator Kerry. The state divides its electoral votes according to district and earlier a single district had [read more]

00:11 EDT

[JURIST Election Special] Oregon's Measure 35, a tort reform amendment that would limit damages in medical malpractice cases, is on a knife edge at this hour. The "No" votes have overtaken the "yes" votes, which led in early returns. Here are the latest figures from the Oregon Secretary of State's [read more]

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