Legal news from Tuesday, January 18, 2005
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a JURIST report from earlier today on new security regulations for the upcoming January 30 elections in Iraq, Iraqi party sources said Tuesday that gunmen had killed two candidates of Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's political coalition in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Monday. Alaa Hamid [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales [official White House biography; JURIST archive] told senators Tuesday that any torture by US forces would be illegal [Reuters report] and that he supported reinstating a federal assault weapons ban [AP report] that was allowed to lapse in September. Gonzales also said certain [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments Tuesday in Rompilla v. Beard [Duke Law backgrounder], 04-5462 [Supreme Court docket], a PA case that involves jury instructions for cases involving the death penalty. Rompilla, who was convicted of robbing, stabbing and setting on fire a bar owner in Allentown, [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial against defrocked priest Paul Shanley [Boston Globe profile] began Tuesday, with Shanley facing rape and assault and battery charges. The prosecution formally dropped another accuser from the case, however, leaving only one accuser as the trial proceeds. The third accuser was dropped from the case after prosecutors [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. [corporate website] announced the company will replace its chairman and chief executive with Stephen Cooper, a restructuring expert who most recently conducted Enron's [corporate website] turnaround. The company's stock collapse is attributed to shareholder lawsuits and a SEC [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General John Ashcroft is expected to announce Tuesday afternoon the first charges in the governemnt's investigation into alleged corruption in the UN-administered oil-for-food program [official website]. According to Justice Department sources, Ashcroft will announce a plea agreement with Samir Vincent, an Iraqi-American who headed Phoenix International, one of [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Newdow [TIME profile], the Sacramento man who challenged the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, has appealed to the Supreme Court for an injunction against the recitation of planned prayers at the Bush inauguration, saying that they represent an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Families of the tsunami victims are pressuring the British government to amend the rules for when missing persons can be legally declared dead. Lord Charles Falconer [BBC profile] announced today that legislators hoped to create a system to waive the seven-year time limit in cases where no body is [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights group Amnesty International [advocacy website] Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Sudan to the International Criminal Court [official website] at The Hague. The group argued that the UN must allow the ICC to investigate war crimes violations in Sudan to remain consistent [read more]

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[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, the Russian government [official website in Russian] has rejected a petition initiated Monday by KPRF [party website in Russian], the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, requesting a Duma vote of no-confidence. The government denied the that there existed any real reason for the government [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's judiciary has said that a mistake was to blame for the issuance of a summons [JURIST report] to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi [Nobel Committee profile], calling her to appear before the Revolutionary Court [Iranian Judiciary official website], which normally handles political and security cases. A judiciary [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court denied Tuesday an appeal over government's use of military trials for foreign detainees accused of terrorism. JURIST's Paper Chase will have more information as the order list becomes available.10:45 AM ET - The Court denied certiorari in the case Hamdan v. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Cobb County school board [official school district website] have voted to appeal a federal district judge's ruling [JURIST report] that stickers calling evolution a "theory, not a fact" should be removed from science textbooks. Board members voted 5-2 Monday to appeal the ruling [text, PDF] of [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Trials involving former corporate leaders of Tyco International [corporate site] and WorldCom, now MCI, [corporate site] are both set to begin this week, with both expected to last weeks to months, as the executives are tried on a variety of fraud charges. Former Tyco execs Dennis Kozlowski and Mark [read more]

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[JURIST] A UK soldier facing court-martial in Germany on charges of mistreating Iraqi civilians pleaded guilty Tuesday to one assault charge, but denied another charge. Two other soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers [official site], Corp. Daniel Kenyon and Lance Corp. Mark Cooley, pleaded not guilty to charges of [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Ukraine's Supreme Court has said that the country's presidential election results can be published Wednesday, which will allow challenger Viktor Yushchencko to take office.8:35 AM ET - The Ukrainian Supreme Court [official website in Ukrainian] ruled Tuesday that election results can be published Wednesday, despite [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Adolfo Scilingo [background from advocacy group Vanished Gallery], the former Argentine naval officer on trial in Spain for committing genocide and crimes against humanity [JURIST report] during Argentina's "Dirty War" [Wikipedia article], took the stand for the first time Monday and told the Spanish court that he had made [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials said Tuesday that beginning January 29, all land borders will be closed for three days in an effort to increase security before the January 30 elections [BBC backgrounder]. The Iraqi Interim Government [official website] has also declared January 29-31 public holidays, closing shops and offices, and has [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 Tuesday, Jan. 18.The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases today beginning at 10 AM ET. In the first case, Rompilla v. Beard [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], the Court will [read more]

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