Legal news from Monday, March 28, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] A new interim report on the UN Oil-for-Food Program [JURIST c news archive] for Iraq is set to be released Tuesday, and officials within the Bush administration believe that the conflict-of-interest findings might place US Secretary-General Kofi Annan's job in jeopardy. Tuesday's report is expected to address whether the [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN special mission to Burundi [mission website] has recommended that the nation create a non-judicial truth commission and special prosecuting chamber within its court system in order to deal with perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The recommendations, filed in a report [PDF] forwarded to [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department Monday released its third annual report on American efforts to support and promote human rights around the world. In Supporting Human Rights: The US Record 2004-2005 [text], the US said it will make respect for human rights the test for its bilateral relations around the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case examining the rights of foreigners in death penalty cases. In Medellin v. Dretke [Duke Law backgrounder], a Mexican citizen was convicted of murder in a Texas state court and sentenced to death. In denying a petition for writ [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] that the SEC has subpoenaed twelve executives at American International Group Inc. (AIG) [corporate website]. The subpoenas relate to several probes into questionable transactions at the insurance giant which led to an improper bolstering [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodian officials will appeal to the UN on Monday for more than $70 million needed to establish a tribunal to prosecute remaining members of the Khmer Rouge regime [BBC backgrounder], responsible for the deaths of two million Cambodians from 1975-1979. Japan has already pledged half the court's budget, and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court today declined to hear Troy Publishing v. Norton (docket 04-979), letting stand a ruling that appears to limit Constitutional protection of the press. Without comment, the Court denied the appeal of a 2004 ruling [PDF] by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court holding that neither the state nor [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear Brown v . Sanders (docket 04-980), in which it will rule on the application of the "harmless error" doctrine to death penalty cases. The case concerns California's death penalty law, Cal. Penal Code 190.2 [scroll down], under which the accused is [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese justice minister Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin announced Monday that 15 Sudanese military officials have been arrested and accused of human rights offenses including rape, burning of villages and killings in the Darfur region, marking the first arrests of government officials in connection with the Darfur violence that has [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Florida governor Jeb Bush [official website] said Sunday that he had no legal authority to do anything more for Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive], the brain-damaged Florida woman now entering her 11th day without food or water at a Pinellas County hospice. Speaking publicly on the case for the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sunday and Monday saw more arrests of protestors by authorities in Nepal [government website] at planned protests against King Gyanendra's assumption of power on February 1 [JURIST report]. Nepal's Kantipur Online [media website] is reporting that 24 Nepali Congress [advocacy website] members were arrested Sunday in various parts of [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Army captain Rogelio Maynulet pleaded not-guilty to charges of murder Monday at his court-martial in Germany. Maynulet, a company commander in the 1st Armored Division [official website], shot an Iraqi male after firing on the vehicle he was fleeing in, mortally wounding him. Maynulet [advocacy petition website] is [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors are expected to rest their case Monday against former Yukos [corporate website] oil company CEO president Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile] in his trial on charges of tax evasion and fraud. Prosecutors are expected to announce sentencing recommendations as well. Khodorkovsky faces up to ten years in Siberia [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's Knesset [official website] is expected to vote Monday on a national referendum proposal seen as a last-ditch attempt to keep Israeli troops from forcing the withdrawal of settlements and outposts occupied by Israeli citizens in the Gaza region. The referendum on withdrawal is supported by opponents of Israeli [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Himalayan nation of Bhutan [government website], population 530,000, released the text of a proposed new constitution over the weekend that would transform the system of government from a Constitutional Monarchy into a two-party representative democracy. Bhutan has slowly been working towards a democratic society since the current monarch, [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Legal experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will join other high level OSCE officials already in Kyrgyzstan [JURIST report] early this week to attempt to resolve the country's current electoral crisis. Kyrgyzstan [DC embassy website] has been in a continuing state of unrest since contested [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 28.The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In San Remo Hotel v. San Francisco [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], [read more]

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