Legal news from Saturday, February 19, 2005
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in Spain head to the polls Sunday to decide a national referendum on the European Constitution. Lithuania, Hungary and Slovenia have already ratified the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe [official text] in parliamentary votes, but eight additional states - including France, the UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Supporters and opponents turned out Saturday on the first day of the British fox-hunt ban. The ban, passed by the House of Commons last year [JURIST report], outlaws hunting with dogs, but allows for exercising hounds, chasing a scent and flushing out foxes to be shot. A number of [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups criticized Bush pick for intelligence director nominee John Negroponte [official profile] Friday, stating the current US ambassador to Iraq has a record of supporting human rights violations. Critics allege that during his role as ambassador to Honduras in the early 1980's, Negroponte dramatically underplayed human rights [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee sentenced former Boeing CFO Michael Sears to four months in prison Friday for aiding and abetting illegal employment negotiations [US Code]. Sears pleaded guilty in November to charges that he offered then-Air Force chief acquisition official Darleen Druyun a $250,000 executive position [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe [BBC profile] announced Friday that he will be holding elections as required by the original Togolese constitution. Faure had been placed in power by Togo's military and had had the constitution changed [JURIST report] to allow him to serve out his father's remaining presidential term. [read more]

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