Legal news from Wednesday, January 12, 2005
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Addressing a Russian court Wednesday, former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST Newsmaker] called the tax fraud against him and the oil company "inventions" and said that Russian investigators had removed "uncomfortable" documentation in the case. During his trial on tax evasion and fraud charges, Khodorkovsky said that [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for the parents of Terry Schiavo [JURIST Newsmaker], the brain damaged woman at the center of a long running right-to-die dispute, asked a Florida appeals court Wednesday to reconsider its decision not to grant a new trial in their suit [JURIST report]. Seeking to prevent Schiavo's husband from [read more]

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[JURIST] US Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Hemann has recommended that a federal district judge enter a default judgment against PricewaterhouseCoopers [corporate website] for the company's failure to turn over documents and other evidence in an accounting fraud suit brought by former client Telxon and its shareholders. Hemann's nonbinding recommendations come [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] In anticipation of a run for governor by Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly [official profile], the Massachusetts Republican Party [official website] has pre-emptively registered website addresses that Reilly could have used as a campaign website. Despite the fact that Reilly has not said whether he will run for governor [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC [official website] will bring an enforcement action against the NYSE [official website] for failing to supervise its floor-trading specialists. The action, which is expected to be brought by mid-February, will most likely result in a negotiated settlement of the long-running [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mark Thatcher [BBC profile], son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, will plead guilty to charges over his involvement in an Equatorial Guinea coup plot, according to BBC reports. Thatcher was arrested by South African officials in August [JURIST report] for helping to finance the failed coup attempt [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed the first proposed EU constitution [official European Convention website; PDF text]. Parliamentarians passed a resolution backing the constitution 500-137 in an initial stage of a ratification process that is expected to last up to two years. Read the European Parliament press [read more]

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[JURIST] A South Korean appeals court Wednesday acquitted the operators of a Korean-language website that allows users to freely swap song files. Yang Jung-hwan and his brother, Il-hwan, created Soribada [corporate website in Korean] South Korea's most popular music-swapping site, in 2000. Prosecutors indicted them in 2001 [CNET report] on [read more]

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[JURIST] A 63-year old Sri Lankan man has been released on bail after his initial arrest on charges of attempted to sell his two young granddaughters to foreigners after their home was destroyed, and their mother killed, by the tsunami in December. The UN and international relief agencies have expressed [read more]

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[JURIST] The Chilean Court of Appeals on Wednesday approved bail of $3500 for former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet [JURIST Newsmaker]. Pinochet is being tried on nine counts of kidnapping, and one count of homicide which are alleged to have occured during in Chile during his 1973-1990 dictatorship. The court also [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Duma [official site in Russian], the lower house of parliament, approved a bill Wednesday which allows the government to ban foreign visitors who show "disrespect" to the country. Anyone found by a court to have offended Russia's "generally accepted spiritual, cultural and social values" may be barred [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The White House announced Wednesday that the US has officially ended its search for biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons in Iraq. White House press secretary Scott McClellan stated that while there is no longer an active search for weapons, "There may be a couple, a few people, that are [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawai [official profile] acknowledged for the first time Tuesday in a televised address that in "some pockets" of Iraq people would not be able to participate in the national assembly vote scheduled for January 30. The acknowledgement came in the wake of a growing [read more]

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[JURIST] In addition to its long-awaited sentencing ruling in Booker [JURIST report], the US Supreme Court Wednesday handed down two immigration-related decisions. In Jama v. INS [Duke Law backgrounder], the Court narrowly held 5-4 (Souter, Stevens, Ginsburg and Breyer JJ. dissenting) that a refugee living in the US - in [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [official website in Spanish] issued a presidential decree Tuesday creating a presidential and national land commission to implement the provisions of Venezuela's four year old land reform law. The law, called Plan Zamora [Wikipedia article], focuses on breaking up the large [read more]

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[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Supreme Court has ruled that federal judges have been improperly adding time to criminals' sentences, a decision that puts in doubt longtime sentencing rules.10:32 AM ET - The ruling is in the consolidated cases of US v. Booker and US v. Fanfan [Duke Law [read more]

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[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission [official website] announced Tuesday that it has won a court order [PDF copy] directing six advertising companies to stop sending sexually explicit spam e-mails. Read the original FTC complaint [PDF copy]. The order was handed down January 3 by a federal judge in Las Vegas. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Defense arguments begin Wednesday in the military trial of Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile], charged with multiple counts [original chargesheet; two charges have since been dropped] in connection with the highly-publicized abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib {JURIST Hot Topic] prison in Iraq. Defense attorney Guy Womack [law [read more]

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