Legal news from Wednesday, April 27, 2005
19:04 EDT

[JURIST] A document leaked to the BBC has raised new questions about the nature of the legal advice UK Prime Minister Tony Blair received from his Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, on the eve of the Iraq war. The document [text], dated March 7, 2003, suggested that the "safest legal course [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] told senior Bush administration officials Wednesday that lack of disclosure regarding enforcement of the Patriot Act was hurting efforts to renew 15 key provisions set to expire at the end of this year. Senators noted public concerns about govermment spying [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Togo opposition presidential candidate Bob Akitani [party website in French] Wednesday claimed he had won the presidency of the country with 70% of the vote and called for people to resist the government a day after official results put him a distant second to ruling party candidate Faure Gnassingbe [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Wednesday signed legislation giving legal protection to developers of technologies designed to enable viewers to "self-censor" portions of DVD movies that they deem inappropriate for viewing by others or themselves. S. 167, the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act creates an exemption from current copyright law that would [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Bates v. Dow Agrosciences [backgrounder from Duke Law] that a group of Texas farmers could sue a chemical company for damage caused to their crops by a weed killer. Dow had argued that federal labelling law prevented states from imposing any kind [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeal hears arguments Wednesday afternoon on whether the state's 50-year old statutory ban on the televising of trials is constitutional under state and federal law. New York temporarily allowed video coverage of trial proceedings for a ten year period beginning in 1987, but the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in California has passed its first legislative test. The California Assembly Judiciary Committee [official website] approved it 6-3 Tuesday, clearing it to move on to another committee and, if again approved, from there to the Assembly floor. Opponents of the bill argue that [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese police arrested former Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] Wednesday in a middle-of-the-night raid on his residence after he had refused to appear as requested [JURIST report] before a royal commission investigating government corruption. The arrest was made four days before the scheduled end of a [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Hopes for a bipartisn resolution of the judicial filibusters issue faded Wednesday in the wake of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's rejection of a compromise [JURIST report] advanced by Minority Leader Harry Reid that would have allowed at least two of the President's blocked judicial nominees to go forward [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert said Wednesday that Republicans were prepared to reverse course on controversial changes to House ethics rules that had raised Democratic ire and had led to deadlock in the House Ethics Committee [official website], preventing it from getting down to business this term. The [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress ruled Wednesday that under the Hong Kong Basic Law [text] the new leader of Hong Kong to be selected on July 10 will serve out the remaining two years of his predecessor's term and not a brand new 5-year term. The [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Minuteman Project [project website], a civilian border patrol group that has already claimed credit for alerting federal authorities to over 300 illegal border crossings from Mexico, announced Tuesday that it wants to expand its operations northwards to the much longer Canadian border. A spokesman said that the group [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court Wednesday postponed until May 16 a scheduled verdict in the controversial tax fraud prosecution of oil magnate and former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive]. The postponement was announced by a simple notice on a Moscow courthouse door which cited no reasons for the delay. [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe, the continent's human rights watchdog institution, condemned US detention practices at Guantanamo Bay Tuesday in a sharply-worded resolution [text] passed by the parliamentary assembly of the 41-nation body accusing the US of having "betrayed its own highest principles in the zeal with which it has [read more]

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