Legal news from Thursday, April 21, 2005
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) [official website], ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has called for a congressional investigation of the role played by US intelligence officials in prisoner abuse scandals in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing inadequate inquiry into the role of intelligence agents by previous [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed a Republican-backed energy bill [text] late Thursday aimed at increasing domestic production, including provisions that would permit drilling in the Alaska wildlife refuge [JURIST report] and protect the manufacturer of gasoline additive MTBE [EPA backgrounder] from liability for water contamination. The Energy Policy [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] US military spokespersons issued statements Thursday clarifying proposed changes to the military’s policy on consensual sodomy, refuting earlier interpretations [JURIST report] by rights groups that the amendments would decriminalize consensual sodomy among members of the armed forces. Pentagon officials did ask Congress to approve a change to the military [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a military jury has convicted Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar of murder and attempted murder in a grenade attack on fellow soldiers in Kuwait.8:05 PM ET ~ Akbar, 33, was charged with killing two fellow soldiers and wounding 14 others [JURIST report] in the attack, which [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Department of Justice [official website] announced Thursday that it has reached a settlement agreement with Hynix Semiconductor [corporate website] as part of the DOJ's ongoing investigation into price-fixing in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) industry. Under the agreement, which must be approved by the US District Court [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executive Daniel Bayly has been sentenced to 30 months by in prison US District Judge Ewing Werlein for his role in an Enron Nigerian barge scam. Bayly will also face six months of supervision after prison and must pay $840,000 in fees and fines. [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a case somewhat similar to that of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo, Justice Mark Hedley of the High Court in London Thursday upheld a court order allowing a critically ill baby to die if she stops breathing. Charlotte Wyatt [BBC profile] was born 3 months premature with serious [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, US District Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled [text, PDF] that some 80 lawsuits can proceed against oil companies claiming that a gasoline additive, methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) [EPA factpage], contaminated groundwater. The suits allege that the oil companies contaminated wells and underground aquifers across [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Saajid Badat [Wikipedia profile], the British man who has admitted to conspiring with "shoebomber" Richard Reid [Wikipedia profile] to blow up an aircraft, will be sentenced on Friday after entering a guilty plea to a conspiracy charge in February. Badat, who did not go forward with his plan, was [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, the first troops of the UN peacekeeping force assigned to Sudan [JURIST report] arrived in Khartoum Thursday to prepare the way for the more than 10,000 troops to follow. The 44 peacekeepers that arrived in the Sudanese capital were mainly staff officers sent to set [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the Pentagon's general counsel [official website] has sent leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services Committees a draft copy of a proposal saying that consensual sodomy between members of the US military would no longer be a criminal act. The change would [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday approved two of President Bush's judicial nominees [JURIST news archive], sending the nominations to the full Senate in what could trigger a partisan face-off over the filibuster. With two 10-8 votes along party lines, the Committee approved the nominations of Priscilla [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive], the only person charged by the US in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, could receive the death penalty after he requested nothing in return for agreeing to plead guilty, federal officials have said. Moussaoui has indicated he will plead guilty [JURIST [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Brazil has granted asylum to ousted Ecuadoran President Lucio Gutierrez [Wikipedia profile], Brazil's Ministry of External Relations [official website] said Thursday. The Ministry said Gutierrez sought asylum Wednesday at the Brazilian embassy in Quito, calling its grant of the request a "regional tradition." Gutierrez was removed from his position [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities brief, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) [corporate website] announced it will merge with rival Archipelago Holdings Inc. [corporate website] in a move which transforms the NYSE into a for-profit, publicly traded company. The NYSE, known for its busy trading floor, takes on all-electronic [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors have finally charged Mexico City's popular mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [World Mayor profile] with abuse of authority, a move that could threaten Obrador's run for president. A week after President Vicente Fox [official site] considered - then reconsidered [JURIST report] a pardon, and two weeks after Lopez [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli government [official website] has released a report setting material damages to the Jewish people during the Holocaust [Wikipedia profile] between $240 billion and $330 billion. The report is the first of its kind, including not only the value of looted Jewish property but also lost income and [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Presentatives voted late Wednesday to allow oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website] as part of new and wide-ranging energy legislation [text]. The bill's sponsors claim the refuge will produce as much as a million barrels of oil a day [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas House of Representatives has passed legislation [text] which would bar homosexuals from becoming foster parents. The ban, part of the state's attempt to revamp its Child Protective Services Agency [official website], passed 135-6 Tuesday with two abstentions and now goes to the state Senate. According to the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chicago Cardinal Francis George [Wikipedia profile] said Wednesday that new pope Benedict XVI [official Vatican website], will preserve the church law giving bishops broad power to discipline sexually abusive priests. George said he had previously told then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of the need to keep the law which avoids the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Commission [official website] Thursday passed a resolution condemning rights abuses in Sudan. The final text, supported by the US, the EU, other African nations and even Sudan itself, only passed after a compromise was reached on wording that also praised the Sudanese government's efforts to [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 Thursday, April 21.The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:30 AM ET today. It will begin an executive session at 10:30 AM ET to consider the nomination of John Negroponte [official profile] as National [read more]

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