Legal news from Tuesday, March 29, 2005
22:03 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney Johnnie Cochran [official profile] died Tuesday at the age of 67 from a brain tumor. Cochran was known for his colorful personality, as well as for his skill as a courtroom orator. Cochran was best known for successfully defending O.J. Simpson against double murder charges. During his career, [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a JURIST report from earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ruled out resigning after a new interim report by the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website] faulted him but cleared him of any wrongdoing. Asked if he would quit over the [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] More than three dozen Pakistanis transferred to their home country from detention at Guantanamo Bay remain imprisoned, most without charge, Pakistani government officials have said. The prisoners include 32 transferred by the US in September 2004 and another seven released in the past six weeks. According to the government [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor have appealed death sentences they received in Libya [JURIST news archive] for infecting hundreds of children with HIV. The appeals court hearing the case said it would rule on May 31. The six medics have been imprisoned since 1999 on charges they [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] that regulators have called Warren Buffett [Wikipedia profile] to answer questions next month about his involvement in the insurance transaction between General Re Corp. [corporate website], a unit of his company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev [BBC News profile] said Tuesday that he would be willing to resign if given "relevant" legal protections. Akayev made the statement in an interview with a Russian television station while he is staying outside Moscow. The statement conflicted with an earlier message from Akayev [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina [official profile] on Tuesday approved a $16 million plea agreement between the Justice Department and Riggs Bank [corporate website] over Riggs' maintenance of secret accounts for South American dictators, including former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Urbina originally questioned whether the plea deal was [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] After resting their case, Russian prosecutors Tuesday asked a Russian trial court to convict ex-Yukos [Wikipedia entry] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] of tax and fraud charges, and asked that he receive the maximum 10 year sentence. Khodorkovsky has been the target of a lengthy court process stemming [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Four suspected Islamic radicals began trial Tuesday in Paris for allegedly conspiring to kill Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Masood [Wikipedia entry]. French prosecutors believe the four men helped two Tunisians travelling with fake Belgian passports. Posing as journalists, the Tunisians detonated a bomb hidden in a camera on [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Schiavo attorney George Felos says that an autopsy will be performed on Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] after she dies to show the extent of her brain damage. The chief medical examiner for Pinellas County, Dr. John Thogmartin, has agreed to perform the procedure. Felos said that Michael [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, the upper house of the Kyrgyzstan [DC Embassy website] pre-election parliament has agreed to dissolve itself in order to allow government officials and OSCE experts a chance to resolve the nation's current constitutional crisis before violence returns to the tiny Central Asian nation, while ousted [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni businessman was captured in Egypt and was secretly held by US authorities for over a year before being sent to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, according to a report Tuesday from Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. The human rights watchdog group released details [report text] of the previously [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday morning in MGM Studios v. Grokster [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 04-480, a case questioning when technology providers can be held secondarily liable for copyright infringement. During the one-hour hearing, the justices appeared critical of both the entertainment industry's proposed [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website] has cleared UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan of wrongdoing in the scandal, although it remained critical of his actions. The committee was looking into the employment of Annan's son Kojo by a Swiss company that [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Title IX gender equity law protects whistleblowers who claim discrimination by academic institutions.10:45 AM ET - In Jackson v. Birmingham Bd. of Ed., 02-1672, the Court extended whistleblower protection to those alleging discrimination at academic institutions. Justice O'Connor [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday failed to nominate a parliament speaker in a raucous second session of the country's National Assembly, as the role of Sunni Arabs in the new Iraq [JURIST news archive] government remained a question. Assembly members had promised an agreement on a Sunni candidate for the position [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Fifty-nine former US diplomats have sent a letter to US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] chairman Richard Lugar, calling on the Senate to reject the nomination of John Bolton for US ambassador to the United Nations [US Mission to the UN official website]. Saying Bolton "is the wrong [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ljubomir Borovcanin [ICTY backgrounder], the Bosnian Serb former police chief charged with complicity in genocide in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, will surrender to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], Bosnian media reported Tuesday. According to his initial indictment [text], Borovcanin will face charges [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN member countries pledged Monday to contribute over $38 million dollars [UN press release] to finance a tribunal to try surviving Khmer Rouge leaders [BBC News backgrounder] with war crimes. Pledges fell short of the $70 million requested by Cambodian officials [JURIST report], but UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 29. The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral argument in two cases today. At 10 AM ET, the Court will hear arguments in MGM Studios v. Grokster [case backgrounder from Duke [read more]

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