Legal news from Tuesday, April 19, 2005
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] remained stalled Tuesday afternoon on a confirmation vote for US ambassador to the UN nominee John R. Bolton [official profile]. Republicans continued to move toward a vote on the nomination despite attempts by Democrats to delay the final decision. Republicans control the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has refused [order text, PDF] to block a Washington DC law [text, DOC] that bans the shipment of hazardous materials on railroads through the city. He also held yesterday that CSX Transportation [company website] and the federal government had [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Rwanda [JURIST news archive] has condemned Burundi for moving a group of Hutu refugees farther from the countries' common border. The Rwandan government said the Hutus were fugitives and Burundi's actions amount to granting them asylum status. About 2,000 refugees have fled across the border recently from local "gacaca" [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Miami-Dade County [official website] has agreed to a $6.25 million settlement that applies to thousands of women illegally strip-searched at county correctional facilities, one of the largest civil rights settlements in the county's history. The settlement was approved Monday by a US district court judge. The lawsuit was filed [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek parliament [official website] on Tuesday ratified the European constitution [official website; JURIST news archive], making it the fifth EU nation to sign off on the document. Approval was widely expected by Greece, with 268 lawmakers voting for the treaty and only 17 opposing it. Several opposition legislators [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday refused to rehear a case in which it held two reporters in contempt [JURIST report] for refusing to reveal confidential sources for an investigation into whether a Bush administration official leaked the name of [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A New York man was arrested on Tuesday after threatening to kill a federal judge and bomb his courthouse. Wazir Khan, 20, was charged with threatening to kill an individual and destroy the Brooklyn federal courthouse, according to federal prosecutors. If convicted, Khan faces up to 10 years a [read more]

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[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] said Tuesday that a proposed Senate rule change to ban filibusters [JURIST report] would only apply to the process of confirming judicial nominees [JURIST news archive], and would not extend into other legislative issues. Fifty votes are needed to approve a rules [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Delaware Supreme Court [official site] Tuesday cleared Oracle Corp.'s [corporate site] top two executives of allegations of insider trading. In a brief two-paragraph opinion [PDF text], the three-judge Supreme Court panel affirmed without commentary a 2004 Court of Chancery ruling finding that CEO Lawrence J. Ellison [Oracle profile] [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] [JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] Cablevision Systems Corp. [corporate website] has raised its bid for Adelphia Communications Inc. [corporate website] to $17.1 billion. The move may threaten the $18 billion competing offer from Time Warner Inc. [corporate website] [read more]

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[JURIST] Army investigative documents released Monday disclosed the existence of "wish lists" of harsh interrogation techniques that intelligence officials hoped to use on Iraqi detainees. The techniques, cited in various e-mails in August 2003 between interrogators and army officials, included low-voltage electrocution, blows with phone books and using dogs and [read more]

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[JURIST] Following what appeared to be a puff of white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel a few minutes ago, bells are now ringing at the Vatican indicating that Roman Catholic cardinals have elected a new pope, as yet unidentified. Observers had suggested that an election in the first days [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A former Argentine naval officer was convicted Tuesday of crimes against humanity by a Spanish court and sentenced to 640 years in prison. Adolfo Scilingo [Time magazine profile] was found guilty of being aboard planes from which 30 people were thrown to their deaths during Argentina's military rule from [read more]

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[JURIST] Seventeen Afghan men held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] arrived in Afghanistan Tuesday and were being turned over to local officials, the Defense Department announced [DOD news release]. The 17 Afghans and one detainee from Turkey all had their enemy combatant status lifted by Combatant Status Review Tribunals [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled that plaintiffs bringing securities fraud claims cannot establish economic loss necessary for such claims by showing that stock prices were inflated at the time of purchase. In Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Broudo [Duke Law School case backgrounder], 03-932, the Court [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] has flagged and implicitly condemned threats from several high-ranking Sudanese officials warning that international personnel in the country may be at greater risk if the International Criminal Court [official website] acts against any government officials included on a UN [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo High Court [Japanese court website in English] on Tuesday refused to award compensation to Chinese victims of atrocities during Japan's occupation of the country, as relations between the two countries grew increasingly tense. Ten survivors and relatives of victims of the Nanjing massacre and of Japanese military [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Flaws and inadequate computer security at the Internal Revenue Service [official website] has left the personal information of millions of taxpayers open to potential theft and illegal access, according to a Government Accountability Office [official website] report issued Monday. The report also found that the IRS would be unable [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] has notified the government that he will plead guilty to his alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks if a judge finds him mentally competent, the Washington Post reported Tuesday [Post report, registration required]. Moussaoui, a French citizen and the only person [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A jury on Monday found no wrongdoing by investment firm Alliance Capital [corporate website] when it invested Florida state employee pension funds in plunging Enron stock, ultimately losing $280 million. The jury found against the Florida State Board of Administration [official website] in its breach-of-contract claims [JURIST report] against [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Ecuadorian Congress [official website] will debate Tuesday whether to begin impeachment proceedings against embattled President Lucio Gutierrez [Wikipedia profile]. Gutierrez has come under fire for dissolving the Ecuador Supreme Court last December [JURIST report] and stacking the court with his supporters and then again attempting to dismiss the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pushing for Serbian membership in the European Union by 2010, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Miroljub Labus [BBC profile] said Monday that Serbia has issued arrest warrants for suspects indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] and will extradite suspects it captures to the UN [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow Arbitration Court has frozen the main assets of Russian oil company Yukos [official website; JURIST news archive] as part of an $11 billion lawsuit against Yukos [JURIST report, scroll down] brought by Rosneft [official website], the state oil company that now owns former Yukos subsidiary Yuganskneftegaz. Rosneft [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 18.The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first, Bradshaw v. Stumpf [Duke Law School case backgrounder], 04-637, the Court [read more]

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