Legal news from Saturday, February 12, 2005
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website; English version] said in Baghdad Saturday that the final tally of results from the January 30 election will be announced at 4 PM Sunday local time (8 AM ET); it is expected that they will be published online [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli officials Saturday announced plans to repatriate more than 55 Palestinians accused of terror activities who had been deported to the Gaza Strip and Europe during the Palestinian uprising. The announcement follows a Tuesday truce agreement [JURIST report] between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [official website; English version] and [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of Russians returned to the streets [JURIST report] Saturday to demand the return of the Soviet system of state benefits. Protesters oppose a January 1 law that replaced the medical, housing and transportation benefits traditionally received by millions of Russian pensioners with cash payments. Opponents of [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Labor [official website] announced Saturday that retail giant Wal-Mart will pay $135,540 to settle 24 federal child labor law violations. The charges involve teenage workers who used hazardous equipment while working at Wal-Mart stores in Arkansas, Connecticut and New Hampshire. With few exceptions, current federal [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] One day after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced it would hear arguments [JURIST report] challenging its decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly [official website] told reporters Friday that he now supports the ruling. He had previously opposed the unions, and initially spoke out [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] At least two people were killed Saturday in Lome, the capital of Togo [US State Department backgrounder] as thousands protesting the unconstitutional succession of Faure Gnassingbe [BBC profile] to the country's presidency clashed with the Togolese riot police. The Togo government said no one could gain by the violence [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Fast-food giant McDonald's [official website] has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit over unhealthy trans fats [American Hear Association recommendations] in its cooking oils used to make french fries and other foods. The settlement is the result of litigation brought by the non-profit advocacy group BanTransFats.com [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Four priests of the Roman Catholic Boston Archdiocese [official website] accused of sexually abusing minors have been defrocked by the Vatican. Robert D. Fay, Kelvin Iguabita, Bernard Lane, and Robert Ward are no longer permitted to perform as priests and will be denied diocesan benefits and financial support. The [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish police arrested two men Saturday thought to be linked to the terrorist group ETA [BBC backgrounder] according to Spain's Interior Ministry. The number of people associated with the Basque separatist group arrested in the past week is now approaching 20. ETA claimed responsibility for a car bomb Wednesday [read more]

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