Legal news from Monday, April 11, 2005
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Solidarity [Wikipedia article] founder and former Polish President Lech Walesa [BBC profile; Lech Walesa Institute foundation website] said Monday he has filed charges against Radio Maryja [radio website in Polish], a radical Roman Catholic radio station in Poland, over comments made on the stations that he collaborated with Communist [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum Monday denied an appeal by Martha Stewart [JURIST news archive] to modify or change her sentence. The appeal would have led to an early release from house arrest. Stewart argued that she should be resentenced because of the US Supreme Court decision in [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The New York State Assembly Codes Committee [official website] will vote Tuesday on a measure to reauthorize the state's death penalty, which was declared unconstitutional in June. The New York State Assembly recently released a report [official text] detaling five full days of public hearings on the death penalty, [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] John Bolton [official profile], President Bush's nominee for US ambassador to the UN, appeared Monday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website]. Senate Democrats largely oppose Bolton, who has been criticized for his statements on the irrelevance of the United Nations. In his opening statement Monday, Bolton pledged [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Warren Buffett [Wikipedia profile] is set to appear before the SEC, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website] and the US Department of Justice [official website] to answer questions related to the investigation of insurance giant American International Group (AIG) [corporate [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch officials Monday demanded an explanation as to why a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines [corporate website] flight was forced to turn around by US authorities on Friday. The 278 passengers aboard the flight returned to Amsterdam 11 hours later after the airline was refused permission to fly over US [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft has agreed, after mediation, to pay computer manufacturer Gateway $150 million over four years to settle claims arising from the software giant's mid-1990s antitrust case, in which Gateway was specifically identified [Judge Jackson's findings of fact] as having been harmed by Microsoft's practices. The companies announced the settlement [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a strong move for a government-funded body, the first annual report of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Human Rights has confirmed [BBC report] the widespread belief that the country's security forces are involved in torture. The Council noted that it is normal investigative practice for security forces to [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [official profile] signed an historic border agreement Monday, ending nearly four decades of tense relations between the two nations. The agreement provides for the peaceful resolution of a final border demarcation, which will rely on clearly identifiable geographical features [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] John R. Bolton [official profile], the State Department official who is President Bush's nominee for US Ambassador to the United Nations, faces questioning Monday before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] before a confirmation vote that is currently expected Thursday. Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Kyrgyzstan Parliament, meeting for the fourth time on the issue of former President Askar Akayev [archived profile], finally accepted his formal resignation Monday by a majority vote. The parliament had struggled to approve the resignation, as some members wanted to initiate impeachment proceedings or even a criminal trial [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court adjourned Monday to begin consideration in the criminal case against former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile] on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. Defense counsel finished its defense Friday [JURIST report], alleging that the charges against Khodorkovsky were trumped up by the government [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website], the principle judicial organ of the UN, will begin hearing oral arguments Monday in the case of Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda). The case, filed in 1999, concerns DRC allegations that Uganda [government [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 11.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 2 PM ET today. At 3 PM ET, it will begin consideration of H.R. 1268 [bill summary], the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the [read more]

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