Legal news from Sunday, February 20, 2005
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish television is reporting that a clear majority of Spanish voters who turned out in Sunday's referendum on the European Union constitution [official website; treaty text] voted in favor of ratification. Exit polls are showing that over 78% voted in favor of the EU constitution, though only about 41% [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's Cabinet approved the government's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip Sunday, the first time an Israeli government has decided to dismantle Jewish settlements on land claimed by Palestinians. Also Sunday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon signed an order that makes it illegal for Israelis to remain in the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers [official profile] submitted his letter of resignation to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Sunday, citing a lack of confidence in him due to allegations of sexual harassment [JURIST report]. Saying that the sexual harassment claims could not be substantiated, Lubbers wrote "For more [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The legal battle over Terri Schiavo [Wikipedia profile] could wrap up this week if either Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeals or the Pinellas Circuit Court act to end appeals in the dispute over the fate of the brain-damaged Florida woman. Both courts, which have previously upheld her right [read more]

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[JURIST] The Economic Community of West African States [official website] has announced that member countries will impose sanctions against Togo as world pressure mounts for Togo to hold democratic elections. Faure Gnassingbe [BBC News profile] was appointed president on February 5, within hours of the death of his father, who [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's legal committee [official website] has adopted a non-binding resolution against all forms of human cloning, including techniques used in stem cell research. After several days of debate [JURIST report], the committee voted 71-35, with 43 abstentions, to adopt the resolution, which was put forward by [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has delayed the start of the class-action fraud suit against WorldCom [JURIST Hot Topic archive] until March 17, so that lawyers can interview witnesses from former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers fraud trial [AP report] after it ends in the next few weeks. US District Judge Denise [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Arabic translator who took computer disks full of classified documents out of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic archive] naval base was sentenced Friday to 20 months in prison by the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website]. Ahmed Mehalba admitted taking the documents, but [read more]

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