Legal news from Thursday, January 13, 2005
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on JURIST report from earlier today, US Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Mitchell has now approved a deal between US Airways [corporate website] and the federal Air Transportation Stabilization Board [official website], extending the government's financing of the troubled airline until June 30. The previous deal between the parties [read more]

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[JURIST] Israel's High Court of Justice [official website] issued a temporary injunction Thursday instructing state workers "to refrain from all uprooting of trees or orchards and digging, paving, leveling, construction or other preparations" for the erecting of the security fence [Israeli Defence Ministry official website] between Israel and Palestinian areas [read more]

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[JURIST] Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein [FCC profile] of the Federal Communications Commission [official website] said Thursday that in response to numerous complaints, the agency should investigate the legality of commentator Armstrong Williams' [official website] failure to disclose $240,000 received from the Bush administration to plug the No Child Left Behind Act [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The defense for US Army Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile] rested its case Thursday afternoon without Graner testifying on his own behalf during his court-martial at Fort Hood [official base website]. Graner had been expected to testify [JURIST report] that he had been ordered by military and civilian intelligence [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, Somalia's parliament has approved the proposed cabinet of Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi [BBC profile] Thursday in a crucial step towards establishing a truly functioning government for the trouble-ridden country. The proposed list was the second offering from Ghedi; his first selections were rejected by [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has released its 2005 human rights report [full text] surveying human rights developments in more than 60 countries in 2004. The report says that worldwide system for protecting human rights was significantly weakened in 2004 by the crisis in Darfur [BBC Q&A] and the [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Clarence Cooper has ruled that the Cobb County School District [official website] in Atlanta must remove an evolution disclaimer inside textbooks. The stickers inside the science books stated "Evolution is a theory not a fact." Judge Cooper said the stickers violated the Establishment Clause [UMKC [read more]

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[JURIST] A five-day military court hearing for an unidentified Navy SEAL [official military website] lieutenant accused of abusing an Iraqi prisoner at Abu Ghraib [JURIST Hot Topic] prison has concluded. Prosecutors said actions by the lieutenant were "unacceptable by any standard," while the officer's lawyer argued nothing he did warranted [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Mississippi judge set bond at $250,000 Wednesday for Edgar Ray Killen [UKMC Law profile], an alleged former KKK member charged with the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. The judge also ordered a March 28 trial date for 79-year-old Killen, who was arrested last week [JURIST [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] [JURIST] A Congressional committee negotiating an intelligence reform bill last month backed away from greater restrictions on interrogation by the CIA under pressure from the White House, the New York Times reported [registration required] Thursday. The restrictions were part of an initial bill that won overwhelming Senate support, but [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] spokesmen said Thursday that they have evidence that Tamil Tiger rebels [factional website] in northern and eastern Sri Lanka have recruited children in tsunami relief camps as child soldiers to help their ongoing struggle for autonomy against the Sri Lankan government. More than 30,000 Sri Lankans [read more]

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[JURIST] An Iranian court has summoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi [Nobel Committee biography] for questioning on an undisclosed matter, indicating that she must appear by Sunday or face prison. Ebadi, Iran's first female judge, won the Nobel in 2003 for her defense of women's and children's rights, founding [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC [official website] is considering a combined settlement with several brokerage firms in its probe of the $204 billion auction-rate bond market. The SEC's investigation has uncovered several potential violations related to the sale of the bonds including manipulation of the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mark Thatcher [BBC profile], the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has been fined 3 million rand ($500,000) by a court in South Africa in connection with his role in a plot [BBC Q&A] to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea [official website; US State Department backgrounder]. [read more]

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[JURIST] US Army Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile] may take the witness stand in his own defense Thursday on the second day of the defense case in his court-martial at Fort Hood [official base website] TX for abusing Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib [JURIST Hot Topic] prison in Iraq. [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, January 13.Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer will discuss the relevance of foreign law for American constitutional adjudication at a forum hosted by American University's Washington College of Law. Watch a [read more]

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