Legal news from Tuesday, March 15, 2005
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Judicial Conference [official website] Tuesday recommended a complete review of judicial security inside and outside the courtroom after recent high-profile killings of a Georgia state judge and a federal district judge's family members [JURIST reports]. In its biannual meeting, the group headed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The insurgency in Iraq is increasingly made up of organized crime and hired criminals, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers [official profile] said Tuesday after visiting the country. Myers acknowledged that Saddam Hussein loyalists and insurgents from other countries are still a threat, but more of those [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, the US Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board official website] has announced it has upheld a petition by railroad company CSX Co. [corporate website] that contends a Washington DC City Council [official website] prohibition on hazardous materials within two miles of the Capitol building [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The insurgency in Iraq increasingly is made up of organized crime and hired criminals, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers [official bio] said Tuesday after visiting the country. Myers said that Saddam Hussein loyalists and insurgents from other countries are still a threat, but more of those [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Paul Clement is awaiting confirmation by the Senate after President Bush nominated him [White House press release] Friday as US Solicitor General, a position he has filled on an acting basis ever since predecessor Theodore Olson's departure for the private sector eight months ago. Clement has been with the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC [official website] has filed a lawsuit against former Qwest Communications International Inc. [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio and six other former executives alleging they filed false financial statements that led to a massive financial fraud on investors. The scheme caused [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] At the opening of the new Holocaust History Museum [official website] in Jerusalem Tuesday, Israeli President Moshe Katsav [official bio] warned of increasing anti-Semitism and called on European leaders to confront the problem. The ceremony was attended by leaders of about 40 countries, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The PA Superior Court [official website] has dismissed clergy abuse lawsuits filed by 17 adults in the state because the statute of limitations had run on the claims. The alleged abuse dated between 1957 to 1983, but the plaintiffs argued that it could not be known that the Archdiocese [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] Tuesday issued new mercury regulations for power plants that are designed to reduce emissions to 70 percent of 1999 levels once fully implemented. The Clean Air Mercury Rule [preliminary text, PDF] uses a market-based cap-and-trade program similar to that in the recently announced [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The number of federal appeals cases filed in 2004 was a new all-time high, according to a report released Tuesday [PDF press release] by the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official website]. There were 62,762 appeals filed last year in federal Courts of Appeals, up 3 percent from [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued its final indictment on Tuesday, after over a decade of bringing war criminals to justice. A spokeswoman for the court said that the indictments [ICTY official site] against former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski and a former senior police [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers has been convicted on all counts at his fraud trial.12:51 PM - Reuters now has a story here. The Manhattan jury found Ebbers guilty of fraud, conspiracy, and filing false documents with regulators. When sentenced June 13 he could face [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial of Army 1st Lt. Jack Saville began Tuesday at Fort Hood over charges that he ordered an Iraqi man to be thrown into the Tigris River, where he drowned, after the man was detained during a December 2003 raid. Saville faces a reduced assault charge after agreeing [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] has upheld a $4 million verdict against a former Chilean Army officer for the killing of a political prisoner during the 1973 coup in Chile [JURIST Countries archive]. The 2003 jury verdict was the first for a charge of crimes against [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume [Wikipedia profile] has announced that he will run for US Senate in 2006, entering the race for the MD seat that Sen. Paul Sarbanes said Friday he would vacate after his current term. Mfume, 56, announced his candidacy Monday during a news conference. He [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former chess champion Bobby Fischer must be deported to the US under Japanese law, Japanese Immigration Bureau [official website in English] chief Masaharu Miura said Tuesday. Fischer has been fighting deportation to his home country, but Miura said that Japanese law requires that any deportation be to the country [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] has ruled that Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic archive] violated labor laws when it disciplined an employee for wearing a union t-shirt and announcing a union meeting to co-workers. In its ruling, issued Monday, the court held that the employee [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading the international brief, the International Criminal Court [official website] held its first-ever hearing Tuesday, a status conference focusing on the need for witness protection and evidence preservation in the investigation of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo [official profile] into alleged war crimes [official ICC press release] committed in [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey [JURIST Countries archive] is on track with reforms it pledged to undertake in its pursuit of EU membership, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Tuesday in an interview [FT report] with the Financial Times. Gul rejected criticism that the country had not lived up to previous agreements and [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French court Tuesday sentenced six to jail terms for an alleged plot to bomb the US embassy in France [official website] in 2001. French-Algerian Djamel Beghal received a 10-year sentence as the leader of the group, while five others all received terms between one and nine years. Beghal [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-eight people died Tuesday during a raid on a Philippine maximum security prison as police acted to suppress an uprising headed by prisoners affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group [BBC profile]. Abu Sayyaf is linked to al-Qaida and has been responsible for deadly attacks and ransom kidnappings in [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Louise Arbour [official profile] told the 61st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] Monday that nations are falling short of their responsibilities to protect and promote human rights and that greater action must be taken against violating [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Addressing an audience at DC's Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Monday, Justice Antonin Scalia [Oyez biography] of the US Supreme Court called the recent 5-4 ruling striking down the juvenile death penalty [PDF opinion; JURIST report] the latest example of politics on the court. Scalia said the decision, [read more]

00:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 15.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:30 AM ET, when it will consider S. Con. Res. 18 [bill summary], the FY 2006 budget resolution. Watch a live webcast of proceedings. In [read more]

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