Legal news from Wednesday, November 24, 2004
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following up stories reported earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, government and opposition leaders in the Ukraine spoke openly late Wednesday of the possibility of civil strife as the country's electoral crisis deepened. Outgoing Ukrainian president Leonid Kushma warned civil war "could well become a reality at the present [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Republican Dino Rossi has won the recount in the Washington governor's race, beating Democrat Christine Gregoire by 42 votes.5:35 PM ET - The Washington Secretary of State's office has posted the official recount results, plus a background note on why numbers change in a recount. [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a continuing story previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has called for an "all-Ukraine national strike" after election officials declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych the winner of Sunday's presidential election. Yushchenko said he wants to "force the authorities to think about what they [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Lord Justice Sedley has recommended in a lecture to Leicester University Law School that the country should establish a national DNA database. Sedley, known for his civil rights beliefs, cited the benefit DNA could further provide in assisting criminal apprehension and prosecution, and suggested that the risks in [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Delaware Chancery Court judge Wednesday ordered an additional hearing in Oracle's case against PeopleSoft, delaying a decision on whether to remove PeopleSoft's anti-takeover provisions in the event of a merger with Oracle. The case was previously argued before Vice Chancellor Leo Strine over two weeks in October, but [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Ukrainian election commission has declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych the winner of Sunday's disputed presidential election. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko had disputed early projections after official tallies diverged from exit polls showing Yushchenko with a wide margin of victory. BBC News reports that the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A bill to establish a new FBI-style security agency in the UK being considered Wednesday will also formalize and encourage the practice of offering witnesses immunity from prosecution. Ministers hope that by formalizing the practice, more people will be willing to testify for the government. A Home Office report [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, must submit to questioning by Equatorial Guinea over his alleged involvement in a coup plot against the government, the South African High Court ruled Wednesday. The court upheld the subpoena against Thatcher, but maintained that he had the right [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN John Danforth has criticized the UN General Assembly after the body appeared likely not to take action on a resolution condemning human rights violations in Sudan. A vote on the resolution is scheduled Wednesday, but the human rights committee was set to file a [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Sami Al-Arian, a former professor facing charges of materially supporting terrorism, racketeering and money laundering, have sought to disqualify most of the government's evidence in the case, arguing that it was unconstitutionally obtained. Al-Arian, a former professor at the University of South Florida, and eight others were [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders from the UN tribunals for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda have reported to the Security Council that, despite some lack of cooperation by member states in arresting and transfering indicted individuals, they will complete their work by the 2008 deadline set by the Council. Carla [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 Wednesday, November 24.The US House and Senate will meet Wednesday for legislative business to pass an amended Continuing Resolution extending funding for government operations through December 8th. Watch a live webcast of House proceedings [read more]

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