Legal news from Wednesday, December 8, 2004
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Senate has passed the revised conference version of the intelligence reform bill [PDF] adopted yesterday by the House.5:20 PM ET - The vote was 89-2. Reuters now has a story here. [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Charles Kocoras of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled Wednesday that the Chicago Board of Education must make room for black and Latino students in its predominately white schools. Additionally, the school district must reallocate funds to students in racially isolated [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed on logistical terms governing the upcoming vote for President of the Palestinian Authority, according to a senior Palestinian negotiator speaking Wednesday. The terms for the poll will be the same as they were for a similar vote in 1996. At that time residents [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A new federal regulation issued Wednesday requires all passenger vehicles sold in the United States to have both shoulder and lap belts in the rear center seat by the 2008 model year. Most passenger vehicles already have the belt combination, but they exist in only about half of current [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The chief of Saddam Hussein's defense team claimed Wednesday that the former Iraqi dictator's first meeting with a defense lawyer had been canceled after American authorities exerted pressure on the Iraqi Special Tribunal set up to try him and other members of his regime. Ziad al-Khasawneh said in an [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a company that had used the term "micro color" to describe its cosmetic product did not have the burden of showing that there was no likelihood of consumers confusing that product with a similarly-named product by another manufacturer alleging trademark infringement, but [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US has rejected renewed calls to join the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change, insisting that the pact, about to take effect in February 2005 in the wake of its recent ratification by Russia, is a "political agreements...not based on science." US climate change negotiator Harlan Watson told [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, Wednesday approved legislation initiated by President Vladimir Putin that would remove regional governors from direct election by the people and instead make their offices appointed, subject to ratification by regional assemblies. The Council vote is the penultimate step in [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A former US Marine staff sergeant testifying in support of a fellow American who fled to Canada in protest against being deployed to Iraq told the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board Tuesday that his unit in Iraq (3rd battalion, 7th Marines) had repeatedly and indiscriminately killed many women, children [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Automakers have launched a lawsuit against the nation's strictest set of vehicle emissions standards, approved earlier this year by the California Air Resources Board. The action, filed Tuesday, alleges that vehicle emissions standards are properly within the jurisdiction of the federal government. Defenders of the California standards and other [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords Tuesday defeated a government measure that would have redefined the centuries-old office of Lord Chancellor by no longer requiring the position to be held by someone who was both a lawyer and member of the British parliament's upper chamber. The government measure was presented [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Florida judge Tuesday refused to stay a constitutional amendment approved by state voters last month that would require hospitals to release records relating to adverse medical incidents. Florida hospitals had asked for the amendment to be put on hold pending legislative clarification of precisely what records the amendment [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish authorities say they have arrested the "mastermind" of the Madrid train bombings of March 11 this year that killed almost 200 people. Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, an Egyptian national, was arrested by Italian police in Milan in June, but was formally extradited to Spain on Tuesday. Appearing briefly [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council declared Tuesday that the recent incursion of Rwandan troops into territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo was a violation of international law, according to a statement read by Council President Abdallah Baali of Algeria. The statement went on to condemn any military action that [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] BBC News is reporting that the Ukrainian parliament has passed reform measures to eliminate fraud from the re-run of the presidential vote later this month, and to weaken the president's powers.9:15 AM ET - More details are now available here. According to the BBC, the reforms include:Reforming the Central [read more]

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