Legal news from Wednesday, December 1, 2004
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former New England Bush campaign chairman James Tobin was indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiring to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting the jamming of Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election Day 2002. Tobin resigned as Bush regional campaign chairman two weeks before the November 2, 2004 vote [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Governor Rick Perry of Texas granted a stay of execution to Frances Newton Wednesday only two hours before Newton was scheduled to die by lethal injection. Gov. Perry said in a statement that he granted the stay to allow for the retesting of gunpowder residue found on Newton's skirt [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Florida Governor Jeb Bush filed a brief Wednesday asking the US Supreme Court to step into the legal battle over Terri Schiavo's life. At issue is whether Governor Bush overstepped his bounds in pushing through Terri's Law [PDF] in October 2003, which mandated the reinsertion of Schiavo's [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal which will determine whether state motorists will be allowed to cite racial profiling in defending against criminal prosecutions stemming from traffic stops by police. Judge Janis Sterling of Yavapai County Superior Court ruled last February that the question of [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC is investigating Analog Devices Inc. over stock option awards given to officers and directors over the past five years. The Boston Business Journal has more.In other news, the SEC has subpoenaed The Chubb Corp. for information regarding loss-mitigation insurance products. [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of the Russian oil company Yukos, will remain in jail until February 14, the Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting an appeal from Khodorkovsky's legal team. Khordorkovsky will be tried on charges of criminal fraud and tax evasion in connection with his involvement [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Reversing an earlier decision, Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti indicated his intention plans to run for the Palestinian presidency Wednesday by paying a $3,000 deposit and submitting 5,000 signatures. Barghouti is currently in an Israeli jail, serving a life sentence for his role in shooting attacks which killed five. Although [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Computer forensics investigator Nigel Carson said Wednesday during a trial in Australian federal court that it is possible to find the computers and users in the Kazaa file-sharing network. Carson is the first witness to testify for the music companies in their civil case against Sharman Networks, the makers [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that in the wake of multiparty deal to withdraw protestors from government buildings and hold a revote of the disputed Ukranian Presidential election, Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has proposed holding a new vote on Dec. 19. As previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, Kyiv-based webloggers, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pfc. Lynndie England returned to court Wednesday for hearings on pre-trial motions for her upcoming court-martial on charges of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Three days of preliminary motions were scheduled to be heard, although details were not revealed as to what issues would be covered. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A California appeals court has blocked the certification of election results in the San Diego mayoral race, leaving the race undecided and possibly reopening a separate suit over the legality of the election. Unofficial results show current Mayor Dick Murphy leading city Councilwoman Donna Frye by 2,108 votes. The [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN panel charged with suggesting reforms to the UN Security Council is scheduled to present its proposals in New York Thursday. The panel's two main proposals reportedly include expanding Security Council membership by nine seats. The first proposal suggests 6 new permanent seats (without a veto, divided according [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has recommend Gov. Rick Perry grant a reprieve of the execution of Frances Newton, scheduled later Wednesday, to further examine defense claims that she is innocent. With a 5-1 vote, the board took the rare step of recommending a stay of the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Democratic voters represented by the liberal group Alliance for Democracy will challenge the results of the presidential election in the state, alleging widespread irregularities, before an Ohio Supreme Court justice Wednesday. About 25 voters are challenging the results, though their lawyer, Cliff Arnebeck, said he expected [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Commission has announced that it will pursue legal action Wednesday against Greece for disguising violations of EU budget restrictions on the country’s reported deficits from 1997 to 2003. The proceedings could result in fines imposed by the European Court of Justice if the country fails to correct [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over a long-running dispute between the two major daily newspapers in Seattle over which will control the market. The dispute between the Seattle Times Co. and the Hearst Corp., which owns the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, centers on a joint-operating [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian news agency Interfax is reporting that Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych has asked the country's Supreme Court to declare the results of the presidential run-off invalid after outgoing President Leonid Kuchma called for an entirely new election. 8:56 AM ET - From Kyiv, weblogger Dan McKinn adds: [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian parliament Wednesday narrowly approved a no-confidence motion in the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, the declared winner of last week's disputed presidential election, proposing instead a "government of national trust." The vote came on a second secret ballot after a first ballot failed; a similar measure [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, December 1.The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Rousey v. Jacoway (case summary from Duke Law School), where the court will decide whether and to what extent individual [read more]

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