Legal news from Friday, June 3, 2005
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Pentagon has confirmed that a US soldier at the terror detention camp at Guantanamo Bay kicked a detainee's Koran and that a guard's urine was splashed on the Islamic sacred text.8:35 PM ET - These instances and several others in contravention of US military [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a long-awaited decision [text] handed down Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court rejected the state's proposed $145 million dollar finance plan for public schools. In late March 2005 lawmakers approved [Lawrence Journal-World report] the additional $145 million in state funding to be used primarily for programs aiding special education, [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official profile] Friday vetoed a part of the new penal code {JURIST report] approved by the Turkish Parliament [government website in Turkish] that would have lowered the penalty for anyone caught teaching the Koran outside of approved religious educational institutions. [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] In the biggest settlement yet in the Catholic clergy child sex abuse scandal [JURIST news archive], the Kentucky Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington [official website] agreed on Friday to set up a $120 million fund to pay victims. A judge must approve the settlement, which would end a class-action [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a report Thursday in JURIST's Paper Chase, Serbian Minister for Human Rights Rasim Ljajic [profile] said Friday that Serbian TV's broadcast of a disturbing video [ICTY excerpts via JURIST's Monitor] of six Bosnian Muslim youths being slaughtered by Serb paramilitaries may change public opinion and lead [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Miami federal judge has ruled [opinion, PDF] that Florida violated the terms of a 1991 agreement to reduce phosphorus levels in the Everglades. The US Supreme Court previously remanded [JURIST report] the case after hearing an appeal [JURIST report]. The decision by the 11th Circuit [text] resulted from [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors in the trial of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] told US District Court Judge Karon Bowdre in a note Friday that they were deadlocked with regard to all charges [original indictment, PDF]. Scrushy, who has been accused of mail and wire fraud as well as [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Eight men appeared in a South African court Friday to face charges of breaking the country's anti-mercenary laws, enforced under the Foreign Military Assistance Act [text]. The South African men were freed in May, along with 53 other suspected mercenaries, from a Zimbabwe jail where they served time [JURIST [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Syrian man wanted in connection with the Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] appeared in a British court on Friday as Spain requested his extradition to face charges. Moutaz Almallah Dabas was arrested in England last month, accused of running a safe house in Spain [BBC report] and [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Army Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, senior military commander of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, voiced frustration Thursday at press and rights group portrayals of abuse at the facility. Hood's comments follow a since-retracted Newsweek article [official website; JURIST report] describing mistreatment of the Koran and an Amnesty International [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Jurors began deliberations Thursday in the retrial [JURIST report] of former Tyco International Ltd. [corporate website] top executives L. Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz. The first proceeding ended in a mistrial [JURIST report] last April because of outside pressure on a juror [JURIST report]. The two Tyco executives are [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in Switzerland will decide in a referendum set for Sunday June 5 whether gay couples should have the right to register as partners and have legal rights similar to as married couples. A recent poll says 67 percent of Swiss voters want the measure approved. If passed, the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Republican insiders claim that the Bush administration is preparing to send dozens of new judicial nominations [JURIST news archive] to the Senate for confirmation in an effort to test the bipartisan filibuster deal struck last week [JURIST report; NRO text] by moderates on both sides of the aisle. Under [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Maverick Andrei Illarionov [official website], a top economic advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Thursday that the recent conviction of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] for fraud and tax evasion had caused Russia major harm and had dramatically changed the country's political landscape. While the Kremlin [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three US soldiers attached to Fort Carson [base website], Colorado, have been ordered to stand trial for murder in connection with the death of an Iraqi general [JURIST report]. Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer, Chief Warrant Officer Jeff L. Williams, and Spc. Jerry Loper are charged with murder, assault, [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a move to end two weeks of protests [BBC report], Bolivian President Carlos Mesa [Wikipedia profile; official website in Spanish] Thursday signed a decree for an October 16 election [Reuters report] to pick members of a constituent assembly to rewrite the Bolivian constitution, acceding to a demand of [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Pvt. Brandon Hughey [advocacy website], who fled to Canada after refusing a deployment order to Iraq and deserting his unit at Fort Hood, formally asked the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board [official website] for asylum Thursday. Hughey has claimed that the war in Iraq is illegal and [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A same-sex marriage bill [text] introduced in the California Assembly [JURIST report] appears to be dead after coming up four votes short of approval on its third go-round Thursday, making it likely that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not get a bill on the subject this year. Bill sponsor Assemblyman [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of decisive referendum defeats for the proposed EU Constitution this week in France [JURIST report] and the Netherlands [JURIST report], UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] is expected to announce in the House of Commons on Monday that the legislation for a British referendum on [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Host country Sweden says it intends to push for strict new rules on polluters at the 28th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting [official website] convening in Stockholm June 6-17. A draft proposal that has been under neogotiation for some 20 years would require companies and organizations to take appropriate precautionary [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Thursday ordered the US Army to release 144 photographs and four movies taken by an American soldier relating to prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive]. The photographs, provided by Sgt. Joseph Darby [CBS News profile], set off the prisoner abuse scandal [ABC News report] [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chelan County Superior Court [official website] Judge John Bridges said Thursday that he will issue an oral decision Monday, June 6, on a GOP challenge [JURIST report] to the validity of votes cast in the 2004 governor's race awarded to by Democrat Christine Gregoire after multiple recounts. Lawyers for [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] As anticipated [JURIST report], Turkey has implemented a revised penal code in satisfaction of one of two pre-conditions for its eventual accession to the European Union. Turkish president Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official website] has yet to formally approve the revision, however, and changes to the text may be in [read more]

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