Legal news from Thursday, June 2, 2005
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [Wikipedia profile] wrote to the Dutch Parliament on Thursday formally saying that his government wished to withdraw its motion calling for approval of the EU constitution. Over 62% of Dutch voters turned out Wednesday to reject the proposed EU charter [JURIST report] in [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Qwest Communications International [corporate website] CFO Robin Szeliga was charged [PDF information] with insider trading Thursday based on accusations that she improperly earned $410,000 on a stock sale. Szeliga reached a plea agreement and a change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for next month. She is the highest-ranking former [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the city of Seattle had the right to block city streets during violent protests against the 1999 World Trade Organization [official website] meeting in the city. The court nonetheless reversed and sent part of the lower court's [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] has announced a halt to the current nationwide police crackdown against illegal and black market merchants and unauthorized dwellings [JURIST reports] that has allegedly resulted in the eviction and/or detention of tens of thousands of citiziens. Mugabe called in [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A New York state judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Cablevision [corporate website] alleging illegal activities in the sale of land by the Manhattan Transportation Agency to the New York Jets [team website] football team earmarked for a proposed $2 billion stadium that has been advanced as the central [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US District Judge in Connecticut has ruled that Gillette's claims that its multi-blade M3Power razor [corporate product profile] lifts hair for a closer shave are "unsubstantiated and inaccurate," granting competitor Schick [company website] a preliminary injunction prohibiting television or print ads of the razor. A Gillette [corporate website] [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli police have detained a group of around 20 young neo-Nazis who originally immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. The group was discovered after police last month arrested one of the young men [JURIST report], a soldier in the Israeli army, on drug charges and discovered neo-Nazi [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website] on Thursday pushed for Austria to prosecute a suspected Nazi war criminal who recently fled Zagreb, Croatia for the southern Austrian town of Klagenfurt. Milivoj Asner, 92, fled Croatia last year [Simon Wiesenthal Center press release] after he discovered he was on the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian officials announced Thursday that eight former Serb paramilitary soldiers have been arrested after a video showing them killing six Bosnian Muslim youths in Srebrenica [BBC timeline] was viewed at the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday [ICTY proceedings video] at The Hague. The [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez [official profile] called illegal copying of American products the top trade issue between the US and China Thursday at the start of his first official trip to China. In April, the US put China on a "priority watch list" [JURIST report] for intellectual [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website] said Thursday that she would call a national convention in 2006 to change the constitution and form of government of the Philippines [Wikipedia profile] from an American-style system with a president and bicameral legislature to a federal, parliamentary system. Arroyo says the new [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish High Court judge ruled Thurday that there was adequate evidence to bring Arnaldo Otegi and a fellow member of the Batasuna party [Wikipedia entry] to trial after prosecuters alleged that the two men were ETA [Wikipedia entry] leaders. The charges, brought just days after Otegi was released [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A controversial French law passed last spring [JURIST report] that banned conspicuous religious symbols such as headscarves and veils from public schools has improved the integration of students, French officials say. French Muslim groups have nonetheless urged the government to reconsider the law [JURIST report], and a number of [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A chance encounter in 1970 started the friendship that ultimately created "Deep Throat", Watergate Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward wrote in a WashPost article [registration required] Thursday. On Tuesday, former FBI deputy director W. Mark Felt was confirmed [JURIST report] as the source that helped Woodward and colleague Carl [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights [advocacy site] has announced plans to air TV commercials opposing the confirmation of African-American California state judge Janice Rogers Brown [US DOJ OLP profile] to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The commercials will air in Rhode Island, Nebraska, [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] US military forces in Afghanistan have released 53 prisoners after declaring that they were no longer considered threats. The release, made Tuesday, came just a few days after Afghan President Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] called for Afghan custody of Afghan prisoners [JURIST report] held by US forces amid reports [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a White House ceremony, President Bush has formally nominated Rep. Christopher Cox [official profile] of California to succeed William Donaldson as SEC Chairman. Cox now awaits Senate confirmation, a process he withdrew from when in line for appointment to the US Court of Appeals after the Democrats gained [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A bill to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in California was narrowly defeated early Thursday by a 37-35 vote in the the 80-member California State Assembly [official website]. The vote came on the heels of state appeal [JURIST report] Tuesday of an earlier judicial ruling that the state's [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Durban High Court convicted an associate of South Africa's Deputy President Thursday at the end of a high-profile corruption trial that had gripped the nation. Financial advisor Schabir Shaik [Wikipedia profile] was found guilty of fraud in his business dealings with South African politician Jakob Zuma [biography]. The [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan [profile] said Thursday that the US could settle disagreements about alleged abuses of prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp [JURIST news archive] and other facilities by opening them to inspections by human rights investigators. AI criticized Guantanamo [advocacy site] in a report released [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of the latest campaign to track down insurgents in Baghdad, human rights groups have called on Iraqi and US forces to respect humanitarian law when raiding houses in search of suspects. The campaign, announced on May 26 and termed Operation Lightning [overview], is designed to close [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] US business leaders Thursday debated possible new directions for the Securities and Exchange Commission [officail website]following Wednesday's announcement by current SEC Chairman William Donaldson [JURIST report] that he would be stepping down June 30. Donaldson led the drive to toughen corporate regulations and penalties in the wake of the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Protesters returned to the Supreme Court in Kyrgyzstan [CIA fact book] again on Thursday to demand the resignation of several judges. A violent clash on Wednesday [JURIST report] initially ousted the protesters, who had occupied the building since April 22 following an election dispute [JURIST report] that led to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Wachovia Corp. [corporate website], the fourth largest bank in the US, acknowledged Wednesday that two of its predecessor banks owned slaves prior to the Civil War and apologized for the practice. Wachovia had contracted with historical research firm The History Factory [company website] to look into the pasts of [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] About 70 animal rights protestors marched and chanted in protest outside a Trenton New Jersey courtroom Wednesday as the trial of seven activists charged with domestic terrorism began. The activists are all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty [advocacy website], a group opposed to the animal testing practices of [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] After the second No to the EU constitution in four days was handed down by Dutch voters Wednesday [JURIST report], European leaders are struggling to keep the charter alive. Current EU President and Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker [official website] has said that the double rejection from France [read more]

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