Legal news from Friday, February 25, 2005
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website in English] announced Friday that the Sino-US Joint Liaison Group (JLG) has signed a joint agreement [Foreign Ministry press release in Chinese] at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of US and Chinese delegates in Beijing. During the meeting, the two sides agreed [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A military tribunal in Osnabrueck, Germany has sentenced three British soldiers involved in the May 2003 abuse of Iraqi detainees [JURIST Hot Topic archive] at Camp Bread Basket, outside Basra. Cpl. Daniel Kenyon was sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiding and abetting an assault and for failing [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer ruled Friday to extend the stay on the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube for three more weeks. Greer made his decision after Schiavo's parents, who oppose the removal of the tube, asked the court to allow time for medical tests which might [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) [PDF text; WHO backgrounder] will enter into force Sunday, making the provisions of the treaty legally binding on countries that have ratified the convention [FCTC signatory list]. The FCTC, the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Yukos [corporate website] and its main shareholder Group Menatep [corporate website] said Friday that they would keep fighting against the "Russian Federation's campaign to destroy the company," despite yesterday's US court decision to dismiss Yukos' bid for bankruptcy protection [JURIST report; memorandum opinion text [PDF]]. In Yukos' statement [text], [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] issued a statement Friday denying reports that his 2003 parliamentary answer [text; JURIST report] on the legality of the Iraq invasion had been drawn up in the Prime Minister's office. Earlier this week, British papers reported that the answer, presented to Parliament [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's international brief, the African Union [official website] announced the suspension of Togo's membership in the continental organization following a meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council [official website]. The AU also called for wider sanctions against Togo [government website in French], while endorsing the current sanctions [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] questioned the legality of proposed anti-terror legislation that grants the home secretary power to order house arrests of terror suspects in a report [text] released Friday. The committee's report presents a new challenge for the government, which had hoped [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, US District Judge Sim Lake has ordered the jury selection for the trial of former Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic] Chairman Ken Lay [Wikipedia profile], ex-CEO Jeff Skilling [Wikipedia profile] and top accountant Rick Causey to begin on Jan. 17, 2006. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Citing a Government Accountability Office [official website] study, several lawmakers Thursday called for an end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding homosexuals. The report [PDF], released Wednesday, indicated that the policy has hurt recruiting and retainment as the war in Iraq has drained resources. Specifically, the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Palestinian parliament overwhelmingly approved Thursday a new Cabinet made up primarily of professionals rather than politicians. Of the 24 members of the Cabinet, 17 are new, marking a departure from the Yasser Arafat [BBC News report] era. The approval came after Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei [BBC News profile] [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] upheld the constitutionality of Utah's so-called hate-crimes statute. The law, passed in 1992, differs from most other hate-crimes prohibitions because it does not protect an enumerated class of victims. Attempts to broaden the statute's application by specifically identifying classes of [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 Friday, Feb. 25.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess this week. Both will resume their sessions on Feb. 28.The Brookings Institution is holding a forum titled "Darfur, War Crimes, the [read more]

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