Legal news from Friday, April 29, 2005
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Trade Representative [official website] on Friday said the office had placed China on a "priority watch list" due to what the US considers rampant copyright infringement in the country. China was at the center of the US trade office's annual report on intellectual property rights, with the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] House Republicans on Friday said they planned to finish drafting social security reform legislation by June, a day after President Bush in a prime-time press conference [transcript] challenged legislators to move forward on the issue. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas [official website] said Republicans would expand [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US and Italy have issued a joint statement that they have failed to agree on the circumstances surrounding the shooting of an Italian agent by US soldiers in Iraq. Italy had indicated earlier [AP report] that it might not agree with the US over [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan [BBC News profile] and Chinese President Hu Jintao [official profile] agreed on Friday to end decades of hostility and to work to avoid dangerous tensions in the Taiwan Strait during a historic meeting in Beijing. The impact of the meeting remains in doubt, after [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a story reported Thursday on JURIST, prominent Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] was named deputy prime minister and acting oil ministry chief in the Cabinet approved Wednesday by the interim national assembly in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. At one point the US [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] MA Gov. Mitt Romney [official website] filed a bill Thursday to reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts for deadly acts of terrorism, killing sprees, murders involving torture, and the killing of law enforcement authorities. Romney's bill uses ten recommendations set out by a special commission [report, PDF] last year [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Wiretaps increased by 19 percent last year, with federal and state judges approving 1,710 applications while denying none, the Administrative Office of the US Courts [official website] reported Thursday. New York, California, New Jersey and Florida accounted for three of every four surveillance orders. The number of court-authorized wiretaps [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website], in a 4-3 decision, on Thursday rejected Rush Limbaugh's [Wikipedia profile] appeal to review a lower court's decision that the state could seize his medical records. The court will not consider a motion for rehearing. Florida's 4th District Court of Appeal had ruled [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday sentenced Mika Muhimana, who was a councilor in the western Rwandan province of Kibuyea, to prison for the rest of his life for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [PBS report]. Judge Khalida [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Army Sgt. Erik Saar, who served as a Guantanamo Bay [official website; JURIST news archive] translator, told CBS's 60 Minutes [news website] that prisoner interrogations were staged to give visiting congressmen, senators and generals the impression that valuable intelligence information was being gathered from detainees on a regular [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Stephen Cambone [official biography], undersecretary of defense for intelligence, on Thursday told the Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] that the CIA will no longer be allowed to hold unregistered "ghost" detainees at US military installations such as Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. Cambone said [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sgt. Hasan Akbar [Wikipedia profile], the US soldier convicted of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder [JURIST story] for attacking comrades with a rifle and grenades in Kuwait during the early stages of the Iraq invasion, was sentenced to death by a military jury on Thursday. Two officers were [read more]

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