Legal news from Monday, April 4, 2005
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors argued Monday that it would be in the public interest for former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Kenneth Lay [Wikipedia profile; Lay defense website] to face trial this summer - no later than June - on bank fraud charges. The government cited Lay's repeated assurances [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] California's Third District Court of Appeal Monday rejected a challenge to the state's domestic partnership law [text] granting same-sex partners a body of rights almost identical to those enjoyed by the state's married couples, including automatic parental status and responsibility for each others debts. The suit, brought by the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] has confirmed that prisoners at Camp Bucca [Wikipedia entry], a US-run detention camp in southern Iraq, rioted on April 1 despite an initial US military denial of any incident. An ICRC delegation was at the camp conducting a regular [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, the California legislature [official website] is considering revisions to the 35-year-old California Environmental Quality Act [text](CEQA). The revisions are prompted by increased housing costs in the rapidly growing state. The CEQA requires a variety of environmental reviews of new development projects. Governor Schwarzenegger is [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Attorney General's office [official website] has filed its first lawsuit under the state's new anti-spam law [statute text, PDF]. Civil suits seeking up to $24 million in fines were filed Monday [complaint text, PDF] against Scott Filary, 25, and Donald Townsend, 34, who are accused of masterminding [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kansas voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. Kansas law already prohibits gay marriage but supporters claim the ban must be put into the Kansas Constitution [text] to avoid any legal challenges. The chief argument in favor of [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Fannie Mae [official website] regulator the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website], has announced it is investigating Fannie's use of trusts which it set up to sell securities. Specifically, OFHEO is determining whether the company accounted for trusts as [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [official site] announced Monday that it will comply with EU demands and make software blueprints available to competitors and offer lower licensing fees. Last month, the EU had threatened Microsoft with new fines if it did not make it easier and cheaper for competitors to access its source [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Key portions of the USA PATRIOT Act which will expire at the end of this year are set to come up for review this week before the House Judiciary Committee [official site] and the Senate Judiciary Committee [official site]. The Patriot Act, which gave the executive power sweeping law [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday unanimously ruled in Rousey v. Jacoway [case backgrounder from Duke Law School] that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can be exempted from a bankruptcy estate, allowing bankruptcy filers to retain their IRAs rather than forcing them to divide the assets among their creditors. The Rouseys [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan [government website] over the weekend formally rejected UN Security Council [official website] Resolution 1593 [official text] authorizing the International Criminal Court [official website] to conduct investigations and prosecutions of individuals alleged to have committed war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan. Sudan had previously expressed its displeasure [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Serbian police general Sreten Lukic was delivered Monday to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] in The Hague. It is as yet unclear whether he surrendered, or was arrested and forcibly transferred. Eyewitnesses reported seeing Lukic approached by government officials Monday after a medical [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] As anticipated [JURIST report], former Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev [official profile] signed resignation papers Monday in Russia, removing himself from the highest office in the recently troubled Central Asian republic. Akayev, accompanied by long-time political opponent and current Parliament Speaker Omurbek Tekebayev [BBC profile], signed the requisite legal documents [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 Monday, April 4.The US Senate [official website] resumes its session at 2 PM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the session. The US House [official website] will return from its Easter recess Tuesday, [read more]

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