Legal news from Friday, March 18, 2005
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Connecticut governor John G. Rowland [archived official website] was sentenced Friday to one year in prison, four months of house arrest, three years probation, and an $82,000 fine after pleading guilty in December [JURIST report] to a federal corruption charge. The sentencing period, set by the judge who [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are quoting sources close to the case as saying that Terri Schiavo's feeding tube has been removed at the request of her husband acting on authority of a court order.4:15 PM - At a press conference still ongoing, Michael Schiavo lawyer George Felos [publisher's profile] said that [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Nancy Atlas decided Friday against renewal of the automatic stay protecting the remaining assets of Yukos [official website], the Russian energy company whose bankruptcy case was dismissed in a Houston bankruptcy court [JURIST report] last February. The decision comes as a major loss to Yukos, which [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's international brief, a new poll published Friday by Le Parisien newspaper has the scheduled May 29 national referendum on the European Constitution failing with a 51% "no" vote. Polls taken as recently as February had indicated a strong 2/3 of the French populace in favor of the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Serbian prime minister Zoran Zivkovic [2003 BBC profile] said Friday that in 2003 CIA agents aided Serbian police in dozens of unsuccessful attempts to capture former commander General Ratko Mladic [BBC profile]. Mladic is accused of atrocities and genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, and Serbia has been [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] began pre-trial hearings [Pretrail Order #1, PDF] Friday, launching the federal liability case against Merck & Co. [official website], producers of the painkilling product Vioxx [Vioxx consumer information]. Dozens of lawyers, handling over one thousand lawsuits, entered [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] appears deadlocked on the Sudan issue after the United States and other countries argued again Thursday over the appropriate venue for criminal prosecutions of war crimes committed in Darfur. A majority of Council members support proceedings at the UN-associated International Criminal Court [official [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, the European Commission (EC) [official website] said Microsoft [corporate website] has failed to deliver on its commitment to comply with sanctions related to violations of European antitrust rules [JURIST Hot Topic news archive]. Microsoft was accused of using its monopoly position to [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Retail giant Wal-Mart [corporate website] agreed Friday to pay $11 million to settle US Department of Justice [official website] allegations that it had employed hundreds of illegal immigrants to perform janitorial services in 60 stores across the country. The DOJ investigation revealed that Wal-Mart employed over 345 illegal immigrants [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Businessman Frans van Anraat has been formally charged by Dutch prosecutors with complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq that were used to produce poison gas by Saddam Hussein's government against Kurds. Prosecutors said that van Anraat, the first Dutch national to face prosecution for genocide, "was conscious [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Shiite and Kurdish negotiators say they may need another week to hammer out the shape of a new Iraqi government [AP report] as factions in Iraq's new National Assembly struggle to build a coalition that will satisfy the majority clauses contained in the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) [text], the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations' [official website] investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in the firing of one employee and the suspension without pay of six other civilian workers. Overall, 17 civilian staff members were investigated by the UN, with investigations into allegations [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] WTSP-TV 10 in Tampa is reporting that Judge George Greer has refused to recognize US House subpoenas issued earlier today, allowing a feeding tube to be removed from Terri Schiavo as per a previous order. 1:55 PM ET - Judge Greer rejected the Congressional subpoenas (formal House subpoenas and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] WTSP-TV 10 in Tampa is reporting that the chief judge in Pinellas Country has issued a temporary stay on the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube past 1 PM ET until Judge Greer can be located for a 1:15 PM hearing (rescheduled from 12:30 PM) on the effect of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, the Indonesia Supreme Court has ruled that the detention of five Newmont Mining Co. [corporate website] executives last year was legal. The officials had been held in jail without charge for over 30 days last September and October while police investigated complaints against the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] In eleventh-hour attempts to prevent the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube scheduled for 1 PM Friday, US congressional committees Friday morning called hearings and issued subpoenas that could procedurally delay the withdrawal. The Senate Health Committee chaired by Mike Enzi called Schiavo and her husband Michael to testify [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an effort to counter opponents of this summer's scheduled pullout from the Gaza Strip [JURIST report], the Israeli government Friday banned new settlers from moving into the area. The ban came in the form of an Israeli army order "signed in accordance with the decision made by the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday upheld a jury conviction of three nuns for defacing a missile silo with their own blood in 2002. The nuns, who allegedly cut a chain link fence at a military facility in northern Colorado to gain access to the silo, had [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Zimbabwe Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Zimbabwean citizens living outside the country would not be permitted to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections. The ruling affects 3.4 million people representing over 20% of Zimbabwe's total population. The ruling does, however, allow diplomats and servicemen stationed abroad to vote. The [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 Friday, March 18.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are not in session today. They will resume session on Monday, March 21.At the UN, the Secretary-General's Representative for Burundi will give a brief [read more]

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