Legal news from Monday, June 6, 2005
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Following up a story reported this morning in JURIST's Paper Chase, states have already begun responding to the US Supreme Court's decision [JURIST report] to grant Congress the power to criminalize the growth and use of marijuana for personal medical reasons. In Oregon, officials have stopped issuing medical marijuana [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court of Central California [official website] found Monday that computer giant Microsoft [official website], infringed on a 1994 patent [text] owned by Guatamalan inventor Carlos Amado, and ordered the company to pay $9.9 in damages. The jury found that Microsoft added an application [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lea Fastow, wife of former Enron [JURIST news archive] chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, was released from prison Monday after serving a one year sentence. Fastow, a former assistant treasurer at the Texas corporation, pleaded guilty [JURIST report] last June to filing a false federal tax return related to [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] In some of his most pointed remarks since becoming pontiff in April, Pope Benedict XVI [official website] spoke out against same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], artificial birth control and divorce Monday while speaking to a group at Rome's St. John's Cathedral. The Pope called marriage between persons of the [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Massachusetts Speaker of the House of Representatives [official website] Thomas Finneran [official website] was indicted Monday on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about his role in a redistricting plan [Common Cause backgrounder on redistricting in Massachusetts]. Finneran, considered for many years the most influential [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] said Monday he is unwilling to reach a plea bargain with prosecutors and is prepared for a retrial if necessary. Scrushy denies wrongdoing in the $2.7 billion accounting fraud case in which prosecutors have charged him with wire and [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan's largely ceremonial National Assembly [official website] will conduct its final business Tuesday as it votes on proposed amendments to the island-nation's constitution [text]. The passage of the amendments is virtually guaranteed, as the two largest political parties in Taiwan are both in favor of them and both have [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Nepal Bar Association [profession website] has called for the immediate dissolution of the royal government and new parliamentary elections after approving a resolution Sunday that characterized the 1 February declaration of a state of emergency [JURIST report] by King Gyanendra [official profile] as an 'extreme violation' of the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The South Korean Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs [government website] announced Monday a plan to enact a law that would allow families of South Koreans kidnapped by the North Korean government in the 1960s and '70s to recover against South Korea for abuses that occurred as a [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A prosecutor in the trial of former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian [advocacy website] said in his opening remarks Monday that Al-Arian was at one time the most powerful man in an organization responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people in Israel, the West Bank, [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in Chad went to the polls Monday to decide whether the current limitation of two terms on the country's president should be removed from Chad's constitution [text in French]. The referendum is being held in response to a bill passed by the Chad Parliament that will remove all [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] ruled Monday that former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] would be granted provisional release pending his war crimes trial at The Hague, but immediately stayed the order for 24 hours to allow filing [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan Prosecutor General Azimbek Beknazarov announced Monday that he had issued an international arrest warrant for former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev [official profile], believed to be hiding in Moscow, Russia after fleeing there following the April ouster of the Krygyz government after popular protests [JURIST report] after a [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Washington state judge Monday rejected the Republican challenge [JURIST report] to Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire [official website] and upheld the 2004 gubernatorial election results that put her in office after multiple recounts, finding no evidence of fraud. Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges acknowledged flaws in the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodia's opposition Sam Rainsy Party [official website] called on the government [press release] Monday to organize a program that would allow ordinary citzens the chance to contribute to the Khmer Rouge [MIPT profile] trial fund. The Cambodian government had already committed to contributing $13 million [UN press release; JURIST [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The president of Australia's Law Council [official website], the official voice of lawyers throughout Australia, criticized wide-ranging anti-terrorism powers granted to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation [government website] in testimony Monday before an Australian parliamentary committee. The ASIO has the power to detain individuals for up to a week [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Air Force Gen. Richard Myers [profile], Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday that the two or three reported incidents of deliberate Koran abuse were not likely to result in "court-martial activity." Five incidents of Koran abuse [JURIST report], not all of which were deliberate, were [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] announced [press release] Monday the opening of its investigation into reports of war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan after the UN Security Council referred the Darfur situation [JURIST report] to it earlier thus year and UN investigators passed along a list [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that foreign cruise ships in US waters and ports are subject to federal civil rights law, overturning a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision [PDF]. The ruling extends the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 to cover foreign vessels. Read the Court's opinion [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a 6-3 decision the US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Monday in Gonzales v. Raich that Congress has the power to criminalize the growth and use of marijuana for personal medical reasons with a doctor's recommendation. The case was an appeal by the Bush administration from a Ninth [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] An official with the parliamentary committee overseeing the drafting of Iraq's permanent constitution [JURIST report] said Sunday that up to 35 Sunni Arabs will be listed by their leaders as willing to help draft the new constitution. The 55-member committee, which itself includes only 2 Sunnis is hoping, with [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times reported Monday that the first court case brought against Saddam Hussein in late summer 2005 [JURIST report] before the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) [official website] will relate to the 1982 killings of close to 160 men [IST press release] from the mostly Shiite village of [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Downing Street confirmed Monday that the UK was postponing indefinitely a referendum on the troubled EU constitution after the charter's rejection by both France [JURIST report] and the Netherlands [JURIST report]. The vote had been expected for spring 2006. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] signed a bill Sunday [press release] requiring parental consent to abortions for girls under the age of 18 and tighter restrictions on abortions for women who are more than 26 weeks pregnant. Before a crowd of 1,000 supporters in a high school gym [read more]

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