Legal news from Thursday, June 30, 2005
21:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration indicated Thursday that it is against extending the current Terrorism Risk Insurance Act [PDF] when it expires at the end of the year, saying it was meant to be temporary. The law was enacted after 9/11 and offered government aid to insure against losses as a [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Compensation Committee [official website] approved the final claims [press release] from victims of the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder] Thursday, bringing the total award payments to $52.5 billion. The panel, which consists of the fifteen permanent members of the UN Security Council [official website], made [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Catholic Bishops Conference Thursday deplored the 187-147 vote by the country's Congress of Deputies [official website in Spanish] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST report], calling for citizens to publicly oppose the law "through all legitimate means". In a statement [press release in Spanish] the bishops said "Today [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, as expected, SEC Chairman William Donaldson [official profile] officially stepped down today, having announced his resignation earlier this month [JURIST report]. Donaldson steered the regulatory agency for the last two-plus years through an era of intense activity and litigation. President Bush has [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed a measure Thursday which would cut federal funding for development projects that involve seizure of private property. The legislation approved 231-189 was proposed in response to last week's US Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain [JURIST report] and was inserted as an amendment [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today that the Seattle Times [newspaper website] could count monetary losses it incurred during a 2000 strike in its effort to end its joint operating agreement with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer [Wikipedia profile; newspaper website]. In its opinion [text], the Supreme [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ismail Hussain, a defendant in the forgery trial [JURIST report] of Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile], on Thursday changed his plea to not guilty, saying he earlier made a false confession, acknowledging forging signatures under pressure from security officials. Nour's lawyers said afterwards that his own acquittal [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Bob Taft [official website] Thursday vetoed as too restrictive [press release] a ban on using funds from a high-tech job initiative [Third Frontier program website] to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Taft said that the ban in its current form would ban funding for stem cell [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush unveiled a $55 million initiative "to support women's justice and empowerment in Africa" at the White House Thursday. The stated goals of the plan [White House fact sheet], part of a larger $400 million committment to aiding Africa announced in advance of the upcoming [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK-based human rights groups Statewatch [advocacy website], Campaign Against Criminalising Communities [advocacy website], and the Human Rights and Social Justice Institute [advocacy website] at the London Metropolitan University have collectively denounced [report] the practice of "proscribing” - or labelling groups and individuals as terrorists - to criminalize their behavior [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] US officials said Thurday that the US would investigate allegations that Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile] was among the revolutionary students responsible for taking American embassy staff in Tehran hostage in 1979 and holding them for 444 days [Jimmy Carter Library backgrounder]. Five former US hostages claim Ahmadinejad [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Cyprus [government website] on Thursday ratified the European Constitution [JURIST news archive] after a special two-day session of the country's parliament [official website]. Lawmakers approved the charter 30-19 in an attempt to counteract the devastating rejections handed down by France [JURIST report] and the Netherlands [JURIST report]. Cyprus was [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union on Thursday banned the trade of instruments "that have no use other than for capital punishment or torture" according to a European Commission statement. Banned goods include belts that shock with electricity, electric chairs and guillotines. Strict controls will also be imposed on other items, such [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch government said Thursday that police in more than a dozen countries have confiscated computers and made arrests in an illegal file-swapping sweep led by US authorities. The raids occurred Wednesday in the Netherlands, Australia, Israel, Germany, South-Korea, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Canada and Hungary, said [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official website] Thursday called for a "period of reflection" on the proposed European constitution [JURIST news archive], now largely in political limbo, in order to "reconnect with our citizens and stimulate a genuine, wide-ranging - but focused - debate." Barroso said "no" votes [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Reporting on their weekend visit [JURIST report] to Guantanamo [JURIST news archive], lawmakers told the US House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that conditions at the facility were better than expected. Committee Chair Duncan Hunter (R-CA) [official site] said the hearings should lay to rest "irresponsible allegations" about poor [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Despite the Australian government's recently-announced changes to the system [Sydney Morning Herald report], Amnesty International said Thursday in a new report [text] that Australia's asylum policy is still "tragically flawed" [interview with AI Australia president]. AI says the controversial policy [JURIST report] of mandatory administrative detention results in "prolonged [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Robert Weiner, a former public affairs aide in the Clinton White House and now head of a Washington, DC media relations firm [firm website], said in an op-ed [text] in Thursday's Boston Globe that the upcoming trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] "could easily backfire and go haywire [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Just days after filing a federal antitrust lawsuit [JURIST report] against rival Intel, Advanced Micro Designs (AMD) [corporate website] has filed two similar suits against Intel in Japan. The company announced [corporate press release] Thursday that its Japanese arm, AMD Japan, had made two claims in Tokyo High Court [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers [JURIST news archive], convicted of fraud [JURIST report] in March for his part in an $11 billion accounting scandal, will forfeit as much as $45 million worth of personal assets in a settlement of related civil charges. The deal, [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] TIME magazine said in a statement Thursday that it will turn over notes by reporter Matthew Cooper to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's name despite Cooper's own willingness to go to jail rather than provide them. After the US Supreme Court Monday declined to [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Mohammed Osman Yassin, Sudan's justice minister, has rejected calls for the extradition of 10 suspects to face charges for war crimes in Darfur before the the International Criminal Court [official website] in The Hague. Yassin said the men are already on trial in a Sudanese court [JURIST report], [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department has officially ended its probe into Royal Dutch/Shell Group [corporate website], announcing on Wednesday that it will not prosecute the company for overstating gas and oil reserves [JURIST report]. Shell had previously settled civil investigations [JURIST report] by both the US and UK governments, and [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Despite being voted down in the Senate [JURIST report], the Spanish parliament on Thursday passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] and allowing same-sex couples to adopt and inherit each other's property. Read the text of the legislation [PDF, in Spanish]. Spain now joins the Netherlands and [read more]

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