Legal news from Wednesday, February 23, 2005
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] In a ruling against AT&T Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] determined that the company must pay fees associated with its pre-paid calling cards. The fees go to local telephone companies to cover costs to connect the call and to federal programs that subsidize rural telephone and [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican judge in the Nuevo Leon Wednesday found a man guilty of drunk driving in the nation's first oral and public trial. In June, Nuevo Leon [official government website in Spanish] was the first Mexican state to pass legislation that allows public and oral trials. Under the system [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website in Spanish] upheld Wednesday a 30-year statute of limitations and dismissed charges of genocide against ex-president Luis Echeverria [official government website in Spanish]. The Court, in a 4-1 vote, held that international law against genocide does not take precedence over Mexico's national [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian blogger Arash Cigarchi was sentenced to a 14-year prison term Wednesday for publishing critiques of the government on his online blog and in the international press. Cigarchi was charged with aiding and abetting hostile governments and opposition groups, endangering national security and insulting Iran's leaders. The trial, [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] In a bipartisan statement released Wednesday, all 50 state legislatures opposed President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act [PDF]. The statement [PDF text], issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures [official website], attacked the education program's unconstitutional extension of federal power in an area traditionally left up to [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Florida judge has extended an emergency stay, keeping Terri Schiavo's feeding tube in place until 5 PM Friday.10:05 PM ET - Florida Circuit Judge George Greer extended the emergency stay until 5 PM Friday, keeping Schiavo's feeding tube in place for now. The stay [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge David Hittner denied the Lea Fastow's request for an early prison release [JURIST report] Wednesday. Fastow, wife of former Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic archive] CFO Andrew Fastow, pleaded guilty last year to willfully delivering a 2000 income tax return which she knew to be [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, about 500 Canadian cattlemen, mostly from Alberta, have filed 121 claims under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) [text] seeking at least $325 million in compensation for the May 2003 US decision to halt imports of Canadian beef and cattle. NAFTA's Chapter 11 [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has set aside the 1988 child-molestation conviction of a Nevada man, ruling that the 2004 US Supreme Court decision in Crawford v. Washington [PDF text; JURIST report] limiting hearsay statements applies retroactively and statements made by the 6-year-old [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST Hot Topic archive; BBC profile] will testify Friday [Interfax report] in his fraud and tax evasion trial. According to the latest trial update [text] from Khodorkovsky's defense website, the judge presiding over the trial has granted a recess until Friday morning [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] unveiled charges Wednesday against retired General Rasim Delic, the wartime commander of the Bosnian Muslim army during the 1992-95 conflict. Delic, who is expected to surrender to the tribunal next week, faces charges for the murder and rape of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven sitting and former in northern New Jersey's Monmouth County were arrested and charged [DOJ press release] Tuesday as part of a federal corruption sting. Ten of the officials were charged with extorting cash bribes and free work from a contractor working undercover for the FBI. The eleventh official [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] In a decision handed down Wednesday morning, the US Supreme Court [official website] has ruled that state prisons cannot temporarily segregate inmates by race, except in the most extraordinary circumstances. In Johnson v. California [Duke Law case backgrounder], the court heard an Equal Protection challenge to the California Department [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] According to a special report published in Wednesday's Guardian, British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] warned the government less than two weeks before the 2003 invasion of Iraq that the military actions could be ruled illegal. Lord Goldsmith's warning led the government to assemble a team of lawyers [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two British soldiers were convicted Wednesday of abusing Iraqi prisoners at a camp outside Basra in May 2003. Daniel Kenyon, the most senior soldier on trial at the UK court-martial, was convicted of failing to report the actions of junior soldiers and for aiding and abetting an assault on [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Fannie Mae's federal regulator, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website], has found additional problems with the company's accounting practices. The OFHEO has raised concerns with the company's securities and loan accounting, consolidations, accounting for commitments and practices to smooth [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Falconer [official profile], the Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom and the nation's highest legal officer, issued a written statement Wednesday that he was satisfied that the Marriage Act of 1949 allowed for the Royal Family [official website] to have civil ceremony weddings. Some doubt had been raised [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Mohamed Alanssi testified in court Tuesday that he was trying to put "the world on notice" by setting fire to himself outside the White House [JURIST report] last November. Until his attempt at self-immolation, Alanssi was the government's star witness in its terror-funding case against Yemeni Sheik Mohammed Ali [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian official has said that Iran's nuclear program does not violate international law and that Iran is merely exercising its internationally recognized right to produce nuclear material. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that Iran was following all of the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Relatives of Terri Schiavo [JURIST Newsmakers archive] face each other in court Wednesday over the status of Schiavo's artificial life support. On Tuesday, Schiavo's husband Michael was granted the right to proceed with the removal of Terri's feeding tube [JURIST report], which is all that is keeping her alive [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] announced Tuesday that it will hold a hearing to discuss what action the Prosecutor's Office will be taking in light of its investigation of the abuses committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The DRC government referred the case [ICC press release] [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A California public interest group filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) [official website], the $3 billion stem cell research funding institution authorized by California voters last November. The suit filed by Californians for Public Accountability and Ethical Science alleges that provisions [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's House of Commons [official website] will vote Wednesday on legislation that will allow the UK to place terror suspects under house arrest without trial. Under the Prevention on Terrorism Bill [text], which was published Tuesday [JURIST report], terror suspects may be ordered under house arrest by Home Secretary [read more]

00:02 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Feb. 23.The US Supreme Court [official website] is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first case, Orff v. United States [case backgrounder from [read more]

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