Legal news from Wednesday, March 16, 2005
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday approved the Senate's bankruptcy bill [THOMAS bill summary] 22-13 in a vote largely along party lines, turning back a number of Democrat-proposed amendments. The legislation would require people with incomes above a certain level to pay credit-card charges, medical bills and other [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department announced Wednesday it will award $100,000 to the National Center for State Courts to review judicial safety and security. The review will evaluate security-conscious designs for new courthouses, staff training for security equipment, emergency preparedness and common standards for protecting judges and others. Court security [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] and House of Commons [official website] clashed Wednesday over proposed legislation to effect key changes to the British legal system. The legislation aims to further separate the judiciary from politics by stripping the Lord Chancellor’s traditional authority and creating a Supreme Court [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] agreed to a $2 billion settlement [JPMorgan press release] Wednesday in order to settle claims in a class action suit brought after WorldCom's [JURIST Hot Topic archive] collapse. The plaintiffs, WorldCom investors, have now settled with all defendants named in the amended complaint [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Energy [official website] said Wednesday that government employees may have falsified documents related to Nevada's Yucca Mountain [official website] nuclear waste project. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman [official profile] said that, while preparing for a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, several e-mails from a [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, staff at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] will recommend the agency block Blockbuster Inc.'s [corporate website] prospective bid to buy Hollywood Entertainment Corp. [corporate website] saying the deal would hurt competition in the market for video rentals. The staff will [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 51-49 [Senate roll call] Wednesday afternoon to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge [official website]. The Senate defeated an amendment [amendment summary] that would have removed the refuge drilling provision from next year's budget. The provision will be included in the budget [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] CBC News is reporting that Ripudaman Singh Malik [CBC News profile] has been found not guilty [CBC News report] on all charges stemming from the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people and resulted in the longest and most expensive trial in Canadian legal history. Malik was also [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lakeland, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal [official website] Wednesday refused to block the removal of Terri Schiavo's [JURIST Newsmaker archive] feeding tube, which is currently scheduled to be removed Friday afternoon. The court denied a request by Schiavo's parents to delay removal while they pursue further appeals and [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] California Judge Alfred A. Delucchi Wednesday denied Scott Peterson's request for a new trial [defense motion, PDF; prosecution response, PDF] and upheld the jury recommendation [JURIST report] that Peterson be sentenced to death. Scott Peterson [CourtTV case backgrounder] was found guilty [JURIST report] of first-degree murder for the death [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russell G. Redenbaugh [official bio], the longest-serving member of the US Commission on Civil Rights [official website], resigned from the panel Tuesday, citing irresponsible spending in pursuit of partisan agendas and saying the commission should be shut down. Redenbaugh, an Independent appointed to the commission in 1990, said that [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that President Bush will pick Federal Communications Commission [official website] member Kevin Martin [official profile] to serve as the new head of the agency. Current Chairman Michael Powell resigned in January [JURIST report] and plans to leave the agency this week. An official announcement by the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US House has approved an $81.4 billion emergency spending package for combat and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Army 1st Lt. Jack Saville was sentenced to 45 days in a military prison Tuesday for his role in forcing three Iraqi civilians into the Tigris River. Saville's court-martial began earlier in the day [JURIST report] after Saville pleaded guilty to assault and other charges for forcing two Iraqi [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] is expected to announce later Wednesday that it has postponed discussion scheduled for Thursday over the entry of Croatia [government website] into the Europe-wide regional organization. Entry talks were scheduled for March 17, but 21 of the 25 EU nations have expressed a desire [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] An ongoing diplomatic dispute between Japan [government website] and South Korea [government website] was taken to another level of intensity Wednesday, after a local Japanese prefecture approved a largely symbolic resolution calling for the creation of "Takeshima Day" to "celebrate Tokyo's claim of sovereignty" over the Dokdo volcanic islets [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senate minority leader Harry Reid [official website] warned Tuesday that Democrats would block all Senate business - short of military, national security and critical government services measures - if Republicans continued to push for a change in confirmation procedures to disallow filibusters to block judicial nominations. The warning came [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The rebuilding process in Iraq could turn into the largest example of corruption and bribery in the modern world according to the annual Global Corruption Report [official text download website] issued Wednesday by Transparency International [advocacy website]. TI warned that greater scrutiny of incoming funds and donations was necessary [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Surrounded by heavy security, the 275 Iraqis elected in January [JURIST Hot Topic news archive] to the nation's first independent parliament in 50 years were sworn in Wednesday, even as several bombs were detonated in the area, attempting to disrupt the proceedings. Iraqi Interim President Ghazi al-Yawer [CBC profile] [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to a report in Wednesday's New York Times, military officials have said that at least 26 prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan have been concluded to be or are suspected of being the result of acts of criminal homicide. The number is much higher than indicated in a [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Riggs Bank [official website], Citigroup [official website], Bank of America [official website] and six other banks helped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile] create a secret network of accounts to hide assets from US examiners and international prosecutors, according to a report released Tuesday by the Senate Permanent [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 Wednesday, March 16.The US Senate [official website] opens its session at 9 AM ET today, when it will consider S. Con. Res. 18 [bill summary], the FY 2006 budget resolution. Watch a live webcast [read more]

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