Legal news from Friday, April 1, 2005
21:04 EDT

A United Nations committee Friday adopted a draft of a new treaty to fight nuclear terrorism [UN press release] after years of negotiations. The draft defines acts of nuclear terrorism and strengthens the framework to combat it. The text now goes to the General Assembly for formal adoption, with the [read more]

20:04 EDT

As anticipated [JURIST report], former US National Security Advisor Sandy Berger [Wikipedia profile] pleaded guilty Friday to illegally taking and destroying classified documents from the National Archives [official website]. The former Clinton Administration official acknowledged that he intentionally took and deliberately destroyed three copies of the same document dealing with [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland [archived official website] arrived Friday at Loretto [official website], a minimum-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, to begin his year-long sentence for corruption of office. Rowland was sentenced two weeks ago [JURIST report] to one year in prison, four months of house arrest, three [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, the FBI [official website] has announced it has started an investigation into auto supplier, Delphi Corp. [corporate website], over improper accounting at the firm. Delphi, which had launched an internal investigation into its accounting practices after receiving subpoenas from the SEC [official [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Florida circuit judge Judge George Greer Friday denied a request from the St. Petersburg Times [media website] for the release of investigative summaries regarding alleged mistreatement of Terri Schiavo [JURIST new archive]. The dozens of files in question are held by Florida's Department of Children & Families [official website], [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Defense [official website] spokesmen have said that US forces in Iraq are holding a man with joint US and Jordanian citizenship who is said to be a senior operative for terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi. The unidentified suspect, who is the first American known to be [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Rhode Island [JURIST news archive] have said that they will consider amending the statewide smoking ban that took effect last month [JURIST report] in light of a Newport Superior Court judge's Thursday ruling that certain exemptions in the law were irrational, and therefore unconstitutional. The Public Health [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank R. Lautenberg took House Republican leader Tom DeLay to task Friday for making anti-judicial remarks in the aftermath of Terri Schiavo's death that appeared to threaten some kind of recrimination. Clearly angered by the event and by the inaction of what he called in [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's international brief, reports filtering out of Zimbabwe [government website] following Thursday's national elections indicate that the vote is being heavily criticized. Foreign media have been continually denied access to the country, and domestic media are required to operate under tight governmental control. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [party [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese King Gyanendra [official profile] Friday lifted the house arrest of Nepali Congress [political party website] Girija Prasad Koirala and freed nearly 257 other people detained after he declared a state of emergency in February [JURIST report]. Three weeks ago King Gyanendra lifted similar house arrest restrictions placed on [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] TSpain's Interior Ministry [official website in Spanish] announced Friday that 12 more people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the preparations of the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] that killed 191 people and wounded over 1500 others. Four of the suspects are Moroccan [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan [government website] Friday announced its displeasure with UN Security Council Resolution 1593 [official text] adopted late Thursday evening [JURIST report] that authorized the International Criminal Court [official website] to investigate and prosecute war crimes violations in Sudan. Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Najeeb al-Kheir Abdul Wahab called the resolution [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US military court in Germany Friday sentenced US Army Captain Rogelio "Roger" Maynulet [advocacy petition website] to be discharged from the Army after he was found guilty Thursday [JURIST report] of assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter. He will not serve any jail time. Maynulet had been [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts House of Representatives Thursday passed a stem cell research bill 117-37, such a wide margin that it cannot be vetoed by Republican Governor Mitt Romney. The controversial legislation authorizes reproduction of embryonic stem cells, which Romney had publicly condemned as "radical cloning" [Boston Globe report]. The bill [read more]

00:04 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, April 1.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April 4.The American Society of International Law is presenting a speech by US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Oyez [read more]

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