Legal news from Friday, January 21, 2005
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] At a court martial that resumed Friday at a British military base in Osnabrueck Germany after the defense requested a temporary halt [JURIST report], a lawyer for one of three British soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi detainees accused their commanding officer, Major Dan Taylor, of issuing the orders that [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The second largest bank in the nation, JP Morgan Chase & Co. [corporate website], has publicly disclosed that two of its predecessor banks had received thousands of slaves as collateral prior to the Civil War. JP Morgan offered a formal apology letter Thursday and said it was creating a [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's interim defense minister said Friday that the government would arrest prominent Iraqi National Congress party leader Ahmad Chalabi [BBC profile; JURIST Newsmaker] after the end of the Muslim festival of Eid on Sunday for maligning him and the country's defense ministy. Hazim al-Shaalan told Aljazeera TV that "We [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] announced Friday that it will offer large "factory-style" farms an exemption from Clean Air Act [EPA text] fines if, in return, the farms monitor air quality and submit those figures to the government. The plan is designed to greatly speed up the development [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Eugene Wedoff [court profile] Friday approved a 90-day extension of the exclusivity period covering the bankruptcy reorganization plan of UAL Corporation, parent of United Airlines [corporate website]. During the exclusivity period, no other parties may submit rival reorganization plans. Also Friday, Judge Wedoff refused to approve [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Denmark's High Court ruled Friday that Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked Group [corporate website] has the right to ban employees from wearing religious headscarves, saying that the legislature "has weighed the right of an employer to demand a uniform or a certain dress code over consideration for an employee [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Commission on Civil Rights [official website], newly reconstituted with the addition of a new Republican chairman and another Republican appointee [JURIST report], has removed from its website a controversial staff report highly critical of the civil rights policies of the Bush administration. Redefining Rights in America: [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin [official website] said Friday that he would be willing to call a national election over the issue of same-sex marriage, the subject of pending legislation in the Canadian House of Commons where Martin presides over a tenuous minority government. Martin said he would be [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a report from earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell has now announced his resignation from the Commission. In a statement released in Washington, he said: Having completed a bold and aggressive agenda, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities and let [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] announced Friday its unanimous approval of a measure to end penalty sanctions imposed on $4 billion worth of US exports. The European Council recommended the sanctions end on February 1 and approved a program to reimburse all penalty fees collected in January. The penalty [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, a key member of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement [official website], now the ruling party in Southern Sudan, has expressed concern about the makeup of the proposed UN peacekeeping force to be deployed in March. Deng Alour Deng, a senior official in the SPLA, said [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has warned that should China's National People's Congress enact an "anti-secession" law [JURIST report] aimed at keeping Taiwan from becoming independent, Taiwan will enact its own "anti-annexation" law and might hold a referendum. Chen urged the Beijing to "think hard" about an anti-secession bill that [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Ministry of Education [official website] announced Friday that China's current restriction on marriage and childbearing for university students will be lifted. An official with the MOE student affairs department acknowledged that a new draft regulation on college student management will no longer have articles prohibiting university students [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, Fidelity Investments [financial website] announced two more traders have left the firm over the government's investigation into employees who inappropriately solicited and received expensive gifts and entertainment from brokers who wanted the company's business. This is the second set of traders to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Judges in Malawi [BBC country profile; official government website] began their first strike late Thursday, refusing to hear cases until they receive a fleet of new cars - a promise made by former President Bakili Muluzi [Wikipedia profile]. Malawi Attorney General Ralph Kasambara [personal University of Malawi law faculty [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that FCC officials have confirmed that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell [official website] will announce his resignation from the Commission Friday. A publicly-unconfirmed report of a possible announcement was carried early this morning in the Wall Street Journal. Powell's tenure as Commission chair was marked [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] US bankruptcy court Judge Letitia Clark ruled late Thursday that Russian oil company Yukos [official website] cannot seek information as to whether the Russian state Gazprom [official website] monopoly illegally took part in the sale of Yukos' main oil-producing unit. Yukos had asked the judge to allow such inquiries [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army has charged Sgt. Kevin Benderman for refusing to return to Iraq for a second tour of duty because he now objects to war, an Army spokesman from Fort Stewart [official base website] Georgia said late Thursday. Benderman, an Army mechanic with 10 years in the military [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Irish appeals court Friday quashed the only criminal conviction stemming from the 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC file report; BBC backgrounder] which killed twenty-nine people and injured hundreds more in the largest terror attack in the history of the Northern Ireland "troubles". Responsibility for the attack was claimed by [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Danish authorities have charged five soldiers - an intelligence officer and four military policemen - with "incorrect treatment" of Iraqi prisoners held in southern Iraq, Danish news agency Ritzau [media website] reported Friday. Denmark has 500 troops in the country headquartered at Camp Eden near Basra. The alleged abuse [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 Friday, Jan. 21.The 55th Presidential Inauguration [official website] comes to a close today with a National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral. C-SPAN has a live webcast of the hour-long ceremony beginning at 10 [read more]

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