Legal news from Tuesday, April 5, 2005
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, as part of a plea bargain with the US Department of Justice [official website], the Taiwanese container shipping company Evergreen International S.A. [company website] has agreed to a $25 million fine and pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] to 24 felony charges for concealing the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Members of Iraq's National Assembly [Wikipedia article] Tuesday reached agreement on a president and vice presidents for the transitional government. Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani [BBC News profile] will be named president Wednesday, while Shiite Adel Abdul Mahdi and Sunni Ghazi Yawar [BBC News profile] will serve as vice presidents, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] said Tuesday that the US will be cautious in deciding on the release of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on terror suspicions. Rice said the decisions were a "delicate balance" between ensuring US security and avoiding wrongly imprisoning [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] said Tuesday that the refusal of federal judges to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case [JURIST news archive] will not influence an ongoing struggle between Republicans and Democrats over judicial nominations by President Bush. Frist said that the two issues were not [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US will phase in by 2008 tighter border controls requiring US citizens re-entering the country from Canada, Mexico, Panama and Bermuda to have passports, US officials announced Tuesday. Under the new rules made public by the State Department [official website], Canadians will also have to show passports to [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a JURIST report from earlier today, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] has acknowledged for the first time that provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text] were used in the investigation against Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon attorney wrongly accused [JURIST report] of ties to [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Over a dozen insurance companies, including AIG [official site] and Chubb Corp. [official site], have pulled their support for establishing a $140 billion federal trust fund to pay claims arising from asbestos-related lawsuits. The move makes it unlikely that Congress will approve legislation on the issue this year, which [read more]

12:04 EDT

In Tuesday's international brief, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] has questioned the fairness of the recent national elections in Zimbabwe [government website]. In a statement issued Monday, Annan said that he was concerned that the electoral process failed to assure opposition parties of the fairness of the vote. Morgan [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The defense team [defense website in English] for Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST News Archive] delivered its summation Tuesday, arguing that the state had failed to prove that the former CEO of oil giant Yukos [official site] had committed any crime. "This is a complete vacuum and in this vacuum we [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, Enron Task Force prosecutors have asked US District Court Judge Sim Lake to move former Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic archive] chief Ken Lay's [Wikipedia profile] trial date for personal banking fraud charges to May or June of this year. Lay's [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration's top law enforcement officials urged renewal and expansion of USA PATRIOT Act [official text] provisions in testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] asked legislators to expand the FBI's administrative subpoena powers, which allow the government to obtain records without [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators Tuesday gathered at UN headquarters and US and UK embassies in Khartoum to protest the recently approved UN resolution [JURIST report] turning Sudanese war crimes trials over to the International Criminal Court. The protesters denounced UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a coward and [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nonprofit organizations exempted from federal income taxes due to their charitable purpose are becoming top offenders for tax abuse and evasion, Internal Revenue Commissioner Mark W. Everson [official profile] warned the Senate Finance Committee [official website] in a letter. Everson said the IRS has found violations in virtually every [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of Arab intellectuals concluded no major steps have been taken toward democracy in the Middle East in the 2004 Arab Human Development Report released Tuesday. The long-awaited report sponsored by the UN Development Program [official website] called reforms in the region "embryonic and fragmentary" and faulted the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross [advocacy website] has urged the US to investigate a riot that broke out Friday [JURIST report] at the Camp Bucca prison camp in southern Iraq. Twelve Iraqi prisoners and four US guards were injured when prisoners began throwing rocks at guards and [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Members of Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Tuesday fell two short of the 50-person quorum needed to accept the resignation [JURIST report] of exiled President Askar Akayev [official profile]. The failure to vote extended a two-week-old political crisis that saw mass protests topple Akayev's government over disputed parliamentary election results. Many [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ahead of key Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] hearings [meeting notice; JURIST report] Tuesday on whether Congress should extend the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text], the Justice Department has released new data suggesting that some of the extraordinary powers accorded it under the Act have been used sparingly. For [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pursuant to a Security Council resolution passed Thursday, the International Criminal Court [official website] has received several boxes of evidence on alleged war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region collected by the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur [Commission report, PDF] while assessing the situation in Darfur earlier this year. [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] At least 3,797 people were executed in 2004 and at least 7,395 people in 64 countries were sentenced to death last year, according to the annual report on the use of capital punishment released by Amnesty International [advocacy website] Tuesday. In The death penalty worldwide: developments in 2004 [report [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 Tuesday, April 5.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:45 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the session. The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] is holding an oversight hearing on the USA [read more]

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