Legal news from Monday, March 21, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] French lawmakers are expected on Tuesday to strike the final blow to the nation's maligned 35-hour work week [JURIST report], ending the national experiment lauded by workers but criticized as a drain on the country's economy. With national unemployment at 10 percent [Wikipedia entry], lawmakers say that the legislation, [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] CBS-10 TV in Tampa is reporting that US District Judge James Whittemore has ended this afternoon's hearing on Terri Schiavo's parents' petition for the re-insertion of her feeding tube pending a federal hearing of her case without making a ruling or even setting a timeframe for a ruling. Attorneys [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, former HealthSouth Corp. [corporate website] chief financial officer Weston Smith has testified that former CEO Richard Scrushy [official website] made all decisions at the company. The testimony undermines Scrushy's defense that he was unaware of the massive accounting fraud at the company. [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, facing a declining tiger population, India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [official website] has banned gifts of live tigers to foreign dignitaries, established a wildlife crime prevention bureau, and created a taskforce of forest officials, wildlife experts and community leaders to report on the status [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A UK government minister said Monday that Camilla Parker Bowles [BBC profile] can become queen after Prince Charles [official website] ascends to the British throne. Christopher Leslie, minister responsible for the UK Department for Constitutional Affairs [official website] answered a lawmaker's written question about Parker Bowles' status by saying [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Estonian prime minister Juhan Parts [official profile] dissolved his government and announced his resignation Monday after parliament voted no-confidence in Justice Minister Ken-Marti Vaher [official profile] and a controversial new anti-corruption plan. Vaher's plan had called for a system of quotas for the number of corruption cases regional prosecutors [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator John Cornyn [official website], a senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sunday introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that judicial decisions regarding the US Constitution should not be influenced by foreign law. The purpose of SR 92 [text, PDF] would be to [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iceland's parliament [official website, English version] voted unanimously Monday to grant citizenship to US chess champion Bobby Fischer [Wikepedia profile]. Fischer is currently being detained in Japan, and faced possible deportation to the US, where he is wanted for violating international sanctions by playing a chess match in Yugoslavia. [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The White House on Monday insisted that the special legislation [PDF text] passed by Congress in a matter of hours over the weekend regarding review of Terri Schiavo's case [JURIST news archive] was not intended as a precedent for Congress to step into future battles over the fate of [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Pew Hispanic Center [official site], a private research group, released a report [text] Monday documenting recent massive growth of the illegal immigrant population in the United States. A 23 percent increase was reported in the population of undocumented residents over the past four years, from 8.4 to 10.3 [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy site] alleged Monday in a new report that Russian kidnappings of civilians in Chechnya have become so widespread as to constitute a "crime against humanity." The report says that thousands of people have "disappeared" since the 1999 start of the Chechnyan conflict with the full [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [JURIST Newsmaker news archive] addressed the General Assembly Monday on his plans for UN and international reform. Annan stressed that the proposals in his report entitled In Larger Freedom [official text], released Sunday, were a complete package and that other reforms should not be added [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Whittemore of the Middle District of Florida has scheduled a hearing for 3 PM Monday afternoon [PDF order] to consider a request to have feeding resumed for Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive]. President Bush signed congressional legislation [JURIST report] early Monday morning to move her [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senior anti-terrorism experts in the Australian police are lobbying for the establishment of a court that would deal exclusively with terrorist trials and include such elements of a French-style civil law system [overview of French anti-terrorism law and procedure, in French] as judicial interrogation in order to handle terrorism [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that communications and media giant Time Warner [corporate website] has agreed to pay $300 million to settle charges alleging that it overstated online advertising revenue and the number of its AOL Internet subscribers and committed other securities frauds. The Commission's AOL [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A former lawyer for Australian terror suspect David Hicks [defense advocacy website] told a major law conference in Australia Monday that US military videotapes from the terror detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be "as explosive as anything from Abu Ghraib" if they were ever released. In his [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case on whether President Bush overstepped his authority when he appointed a federal judge while the Senate was on a short recess. Three appeals sought to challenge the temporary appointment of former Alaba,a Attorney General William Pryor [court profile] to [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal from alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST Newsmaker news archive], the only person formally charged by the US government with criminal complicity in the September 11 terror attacks. Moussaoui had challenged a US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ruling [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan [official profile] ordered the country's Central Election Commission and Supreme Court Monday to investigate allegations of fraud in the country's recent parliamentary elections that have spawned weeks of protests from opposition groups. The original elections were held in late February and run-off elections were [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist [JURIST Newsmakers archive] returns to the US Supreme Court bench Monday to hear arguments, according to a Court spokesperson. Rehnquist is planning to attend the two arguments scheduled for this morning [JURIST agenda] in his first public appearance at the Court in 5 months. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ansyaad Mbai, the head of the Counterterrorism division of Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry for Political and Security Affairs, announced Monday that the Indonesian government [official website in Bahasa Indonesian] plans to outlaw the al-Qaida-linked radical Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah [MIPT profile] implicated in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks. Mbai said [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] An unnamed lieutenant in the US Navy special forces SEALs [official military website] begins his court-martial Monday on charges of assault, dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer stemming from the treatment of Iraqi prisoner Manadel al-Jamadi [Wikipedia profile], whose dead ice-packed body appeared in a number of [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Over 200 protestors were arrested in Nepal [government website] Sunday as two political activist groups held a national "Civil Disobedience Day" to protest the royal assumption of governmental power [JURIST report] on February 1. The Nepali Congress [advocacy website] and the Human Rights and Peace Society of Nepal [advocacy [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush early Monday morning signed legislation [text] passed by the US Senate [JURIST report] and then the House [JURIST report] that would allow the federal courts to review the case of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive], whose feeding tube was removed under a court order [read more]

00:03 EDT

[JURIST] After over three hours of debate ending after midnight Monday morning, the US House of Representatives passed a bill [JURIST text of S. 686] that will allow a federal judge to conduct a de novo review of the Terri Schiavo case to determine whether the withholding of food, water [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 Monday, March 21.The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in two cases today beginning at 10 AM ET. In the first case, Castle Rock v. Gonzales [case backgrounder from Duke Law [read more]

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