Legal news from Friday, November 12, 2004
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Proposition 200, the Arizona state initiative aimed at keeping illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits, is limited to certain welfare-related programs, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard ruled Friday. Goddard wrote an advisory legal opinion [PDF] to clarify some of the confusion regarding the reference to "state and local public [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue announced Friday that his country will seek the arrest of exiled former president Jean Bertrand Aristide, now in refuge in South Africa. An international warrant will be issued as soon as possible, based on allegations of fraud and political crimes. Latortue created a commission [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] FedEx Corp. stated Friday that it would challenge an order by the US Department of Transportation to pay back part of the federal money it received as a result of the post-9/11 Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act [PDF]. The Act was created to provide financial relief to [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking to the Federalist Society annual national conference on Friday, US Attorney General John Ashcroft denounced a trend towards activist judges who are second-guessing presidential determinations. Ashcroft, in his first remarks since announcing his resignation earlier this week, stated that federal judges are jeopardizing national security by issuing rulings [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Justice Department Friday formally filed notice that it will appeal the ruling that stopped the military commission trials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On Monday, Judge James Robertson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia stated that absent a ruling to the contrary by a "competent [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] In an 8-5-1 decision, the Florida First District Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the state's 1999 school voucher law violates the state constitution because it allows tax dollars to be spent on religious schools. The law states that a student in a public school who receives failing grades [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the Scott Peterson trial have returned a verdict of guilty on the charges of first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Laci Peterson, and second-degree murder for his unborn child, Conner. Peterson stood trial on accusations that he killed his eight months pregnant wife on or [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Software developer Novell announced Friday that it has filed a new antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in a Utah District Court. Read the Novell press release. Novell seeks an unspecified amount of damages for Microsoft's efforts to dominate the 1994-96 market for office data processing software such as Microsoft's Word [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Alfred A. Delucchi has announced that the jury in the Scott Peterson murder trial in Redwood City, California, has reached a verdict which will be read out at 4 PM ET (1 PM local). Watch live coverage here via MSNBC.2:50 PM ET - CBS5 in San Francisco has [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Milan prosecutor made her closing argument Friday in the corruption case against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini summed up the evidence against Berlusconi, saying that there was more than enough to convict him of accepting bribes and bribing judicial officials. If convicted, Berlusconi faces up [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge Friday questioned a decision by US Attorney General John Ashcroft to seek the death penalty for convicted mob boss Joseph Massino. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York questioned the timing of Ashcroft's decision after he [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thompson has announced that starting in January all tobacco will be banned on HHS property. The Department, which has about 66,000 employees, currently bans smoking inside its buildings. The new ban will extend the smoking ban [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is expected to file suit Friday or Monday against health insurance consulting firm Universal Life Resources, stemming from a seven-month investigation into bid-rigging in the insurance industry. United Policy Holders, a consumer insurance group, has already filed suit against Universal, alleging that the company [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The ACLU has sued MA police and port authority over a new security program at Boston's Logan International Airport, which the civil rights group claims leads to racial profiling. In the suit filed Wednesday, the ACLU argues that the "behavior pattern recognition" used by security at the airport "condones [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ten days after the last ballots were cast, the Washington state governor's race remained too close to call Friday, and the state Democratic party said it was considering options including legal action. State officials still have thousands of provisional ballots to count and only about 3,600 votes separate leader [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UK judge Friday upheld the withdrawal of legal aid funding for Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt in his High Court case against relatives of victims in the Omagh bombing. The Legal Services Commission, the UK public legal services agency, withdrew aid to McKevitt after ruling that he lied [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A human rights group has sued two former high-ranking Somali officials currently living in the US, alleging that the two took part in torture and killings in their home country during the 1980s. San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability filed suit Wednesday against Mohamed Ali Samatar, a former [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Gay rights groups have adopted a cautious legal approach to challenging 11 state constitutional bans on gay marriage adopted by referendum in the Nov. 2 elections. Many of the groups fear that an all-out legal assault on the new laws could create a backlash generate public hostility. Instead, groups [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch parliament (official site in Dutch) Friday asked the government to draft laws restricting the employment of imams at Dutch mosques only to those who have studied Islam in the country. A vote on the new law was delayed after Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said it may [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported that South Korea conducted illegal nuclear tests in the 1980s and 2000, in which it secretly extracted or enriched small amounts of plutonium and uranium. Although the tests did not produce enough uranium for a weapon and South Korea has repeatedly stressed [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, November 12.New Mexico is expected to complete its count of provisional ballots today, as required by NM Stat. Ann. s. 1-13-13. The NM Secretary of State has more.The US House and Senate are [read more]

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