Legal news from Wednesday, February 9, 2005
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Omar Khadr [CBC Khadr family profile], an 18-year old Canadian citizen and Guantanamo Bay detainee, said Wednesday that their client had been tortured and abused by US interrogators. Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a US medic while he was alledgedly fighting with the [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK lawmakers Wednesday backed a government bill to put the new EU constitution to a national referendum. The European Union Bill [PDF text] will now go to a House of Commons committee for further study. While signed last November, the European constitution [text]must still be ratified by all member [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced late Wednesday that the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [Wikipedia profile] has been postponed again until Monday, February 14. Milosevic is still recovering from a bout of influenza that had caused a previous delay and [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website] voted Wednesday in favor of a proposal that will allow private sector employees to work up to 48 hours a week, despite last weekend's demonstration by 300,000 French workers [JURIST report] in protest of the work week bill [legislative materials in French; background [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, USDA [official website] Secretary Mike Johanns has announced [text] that he is delaying the effective date for the lifting of the ban on beef and cattle imports from Canada. The ban was scheduled to be lifted on March 7. Johanns met with Canadian Agriculture [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Swedish media published Wednesday the names of over 500 Swedes missing or killed [Svenska Dagbladet list] in the tsunami disaster [JURIST Hot Topic archive] after the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court [Swedish Judiciary backgrounder in English] ruled that the release of the names would not cause people any harm. Swedish [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 60-39 [roll call vote] Wednesday to table an amendment to the draft Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 [bill summary]. The bill calls for the shifting of most class action lawsuits to federal courts and the amendment considered and defeated Wednesday would have created an [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [tribunal statute] will begin holding trials of some of the top lieutenants of Saddam Hussein's regime "in weeks," according to a Western legal expert involved in the process speaking in Baghdad on Wednesday. Iraqi judges have been holding investigative pre-trial hearings [JURIST report] and are [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Commissioners from the federal Election Assistance Commission [official website] told the US House Committee on House Administration [official website] Wednesday that the use of provisional ballots [JURIST Hot Topic archive] in the 2004 election [JURIST Hot Topic archive] allowed more people to vote, with 68 percent of the provisional [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC has announced that three Bank of America Corp. [corporate website] brokerage units have agreed to pay $375 million to settle market timing charges. The SEC charged the three units with entering into improper and undisclosed agreements which allowed larger investors [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Negotiations continued in Washington Wednesday on a draft Inter-American Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples [OAS working group; OAS press release], an initiative of the Organization of American States [official website]. Progress towards completion of the declaration, the first to enshrine the economic, social and property rights of the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission [official website] has said that it is overhauling the system it uses to process complaints about indecency on the public airwaves [FCC background]. The FCC has hired additional staff to review complaints and is revising the process it uses to track complaints. Meanwhile, on Wednesday [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Menatep [corporate website], the majority shareholder of Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic news archive], has sued the Russian government for over $28 billion, saying the government's sale of Yukos' production arm Yugansk was illegal. The government seized and sold Yugansk last year [JURIST report] in [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] In person on national television Wednesday UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] apologized to members of the Conlon and Maguire families who were wrongfully convicted and sentenced for the 1974 IRA bombings of British pubs in Guildford [BBC On This Day file] and Woolwich. Eleven individuals from the [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army announced Tuesday that Corporal Dustin Berg, a soldier in the Indiana National Guard [official website] awarded the Purple Heart [veterans website] for injuries sustained in Iraq, has been charged in the murder of an Iraqi civilian. Berg was charged for the murder in late January, and [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal immigration judge Tuesday ordered the deportation from the United States of a Palestinian fund raiser for an Islamic charity alleged to have supported Hamas. Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, who was found to have been living in the US without a valid visa, had raised funds for the Texas-based Holy [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] said Wednesday that the announcement of final results from last month's Iraqi elections [JURIST Hot Topic archive] will be delayed so that the Commission can recount votes from 300 ballot boxes. The results were originally scheduled to be [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Allen Raymond, former president of Republican consulting group GOP Marketplace, has received a five month sentence for his role in a plot to jam Democratic phone lines in New Hampshire during the 2002 election. Raymond pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy charges for plotting to jam phone lines that [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Same-sex marriage bans made headway in several state legislatures Tuesday. The Alabama Senate voted unanimously in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages after the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an identical proposal last week. One chamber will have to pass the other's version of the bill [read more]

01:02 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Feb. 9.The US Senate [official website] convenes today at 9:30 AM ET, and it continues debate of S. 5 [bill summary], the Class Action Bill. Watch a live webcast via C-SPAN 2. The [read more]

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