Legal news from Tuesday, April 12, 2005
19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a story reported on JURIST's Paper Chase earlier today, Canadian parliamentarians late Tuesday afternoon turned back an opposition amendment to government-proposed same-sex marriage legislation that would have limited marriage to union between a man and a woman. Thirty government Liberal MPs split from their party in [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The top religious official in Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] has banned the practice of allowing parents to force women to marry. Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik said in a statement that coercion to marry was "un-Islamic," and that fathers who forced their daughters to marry would be imprisoned. The divorce [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The nomination of John Bolton [official profile] as US ambassador to the UN is expected to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] as early as Thursday, despite intense criticism by a former State Department official during a hearing Tuesday. The key senator on the committee, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle [official website] has announced that the state will join nine others in suing the Environmental Protection Agency [official website] over a recently announced rule [JURIST report] to reduce mercury emissions. The lawsuit, led by New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey [official website], alleges that the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] John Negroponte [official profile] on Tuesday promised that security and intelligence agencies would not use torture in gathering intelligence under his watch as National Director of Intelligence. Negroponte faced tough questioning during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee [official website], which continues throughout this afternoon. In response [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The federal government has unsealed the indictment [text] of three men charged with plotting an attack on several financial institutions in the US. The three charged were Dhirin Barot, Nadeem Tarmohamed and Qaisar Shaffi, all of the UK. The indictment accuses the three men of conducting surveillance of the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a story reported yesterday in JURIST's Paper Chase, the New York State Assembly Codes Committee [official website] Tuesday defeated a bill to reinstate New York's death penalty by a vote of 11-7. The legislation, supported by Governor George Pataki [official website], is now effectively defeated for [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] asked for more police on Tuesday, citing recent attacks on judges and fears of terrorism. Justice Anthony Kennedy submitted a request to Congress for an additional $639,000 to pay for additional police patrols in the court's plaza and around the building. "A visible [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Topping Tuesday's international brief, leaders from the Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change [official website] have filed the first of nearly a dozen legal challenges to the validity of the March 31 elections in Zimbabwe [government website]. MDC Legal Affairs Minister David Coltart [party profile] said that the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The RIAA announced Tuesday [RIAA press release] that it intends to sue hundreds of individual college students accused of illegally distributing music and movies across Internet2 [official website], a super-fast computer network connecting universities and used for internet research. RIAA executives said it will file federal copyright lawsuits Wednesday [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Conservatives in the Canadian parliament plan to introduce an amendment Tuesday to scrap Bill C-38 [official text], which establishes the Civil Marriage Act [Canadian Department of Justice backgrounder] and allows for same-sex unions. Federal Liberals believe they will have enough votes to block the amendment. Conservative Party leader Stephen [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] that 20 former NYSE traders who oversaw stock auctions were indicted on charges they traded stocks which benefited their firms at the expense of their customers. Read the NYSE press release. Read the SEC [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Alabama indicated Tuesday that she would throw out three perjury counts against former HealthSouth [official site] CEO Richard Scrushy [Wikipedia entry], but that she would allow his trial to proceed on additional charges. District Judge Karon Bowdre indicated that she would grant a defense motion [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's judiciary [official website] Tuesday rejected Canada's demands that the remains of a Iranian-Canadian photographer who died in detention in Tehran be returned to Canada. Officials in Ottawa demanded last week that Iran return the body of Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder], who died in custody in July 2003, so [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Data services group LexisNexis [corporate website] said Tuesday that personal information of 310,000 US citizens may have been stolen, significantly more than the 30,000 announced in March. An investigation by parent company Reed Elsevier [corporate website] found that company databases had been breached 59 times with stolen passwords, with [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan court has sentenced two deputy ministers and six others to prison on corruption charges, a court official said Tuesday. The case was the first major corruption case under the new government, since President Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] made fighting corruption one of his top priorities after being [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Andrea Dworkin [memorial website; Wikipedia profile], a feminist who campaigned against pornography as a violation of women's civil rights, has died at the age of 58, her family said on Monday. Dworkin published numerous books during her life, including "Woman Hating" [book excerpts], which began her advocacy on the [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that three men have been indicted on charges of plotting to attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC. The three men are in custody in England, law enforcement officials said. An announcement is expected later today, when the indictments will be unsealed. [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday warned Iraqi interim leaders to avoid political purgings that could lead to corruption in the government in the wake of its recent formation. He also urged the government to push forward in drafting a constitution for Iraq [JURIST [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Cambodian group gathering evidence of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge government [Wikipedia article] has appealed to governments worldwide for more evidence that can be used in the trials of former leaders. Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia [official website], said requests for information had [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal [JURIST news archive] has agreed to allow UN human rights workers to enter the country [UN news report] to monitor reported abuses by both government and Maoist rebel forces, the UN announced on Monday. Under the agreement signed by the Nepalese government and the Office of the UN [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] John Negroponte [official profile], President Bush's selection for the new national intelligence director post, is expected to win Senate confirmation, but human rights questions dogging Negroponte from his time as ambassador to Honduras may slow the process. Confirmation hearings in the Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] begin Tuesday. Human [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Puerto Rican legislators supporting US statehood said Monday they would try to push through a bill clarifying the territory's relations with the US over a veto by Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila. The bill, vetoed by Vila on Sunday, calls for a referendum by Puerto Ricans on whether to request [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Three former Global Crossing [corporate website] executives have reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] where they will each pay a $100,000 civil fine without having to admit wrongdoing in "capacity swap" deals made before the telecommunications company went into bankruptcy. The SEC's civil complaint [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A new opinion poll released Monday by the Financial Times shows that almost 70 percent of Britain's finance directors are opposed to the country adopting the new European constitution [official website; treaty text]. Thirty percent of business managers responding to the FT poll said they "strongly oppose" Britain adopting [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] American oil services company Halliburton [corporate website; JURIST news archive] may have overcharged the Defense Department at least $212 million for its work providing fuel to Iraqi citizens, according to portions of Defense Contract Audit Agency [official website] audits released Monday by Rep. Henry Waxman [official website], ranking member [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 12.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:45 AM ET today, when it will consider H.R. 1268 [bill summary], the Iraq/Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations bill. Watch a live webcast of the session. The [read more]

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