Legal news from Thursday, July 7, 2005
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for NATO [official website] said Thursday that multinational stabilization forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina had arrested Aleksandar Karadzic, son of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile] who is sought for genocide charges in the July 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in eastern Bosnia. Aleksandar is suspected of [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking at the annual conference [agenda] of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) [official website] in London Thursday, US Congressman Michael Oxley (R-OH) [official website] said that the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation [official website] was "rushed" and includes "excessive" corporate reforms. The legislation sponsored in 2002 by Oxley and Senator Paul [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk [profile] said Thursday that bandits in the Darfur region of Sudan have been stealing food and terrorizing and killing workers bringing supplies into the region. Pronk also said a group of bandits attacked offices of the UN and an international nongovernmental organization [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu [official profile] said Thursday that he and his Cabinet [current members with links to profiles] will resign after the country's Constitutional Court [official website] ruled Wednesday that rejected reforms to the justice system designed to facilitate Romania's entry to the European Union (EU) [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [Wikipedia profile] will retry ex-Bank of America broker Theodore Sihpol. Sihpol was acquitted on 29 counts of fraud-related charges last month [JURIST report], but the jury deadlocked on 4 counts and the judge declared a partial [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled [text] today that interrogations of juvenile prisoners must be electronically recorded. In reversing a 2003 Court of Appeals decision [PDF text] the court stated that recording the interrogations by videotape or audio record will prevent disputes about police misconduct and [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] An intellectual property infringement lawsuit by SCO Group [corporate website] against IBM [corporate website] will not go to trial until February 26, 2007, over two years later than originally scheduled. US District Judge Dale Kimball [official profile] rescheduled the trial Thursday to allow the two sides to work through [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Hassan al-Turabi [Wikipedia profile], a Sudanese Islamist leader freed last week [Aljazeera report] after a 15-month detention in connection with an alleged coup plot, has spoke out against the country's Sudan's new constitution [JURIST report]. He called the committee that drafted the constitution "not representative" of the people and [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Military judge Col. James Pohl has declined a request by lawyers [JURIST report] for US Army Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] to step down from her Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case. Defense lawyers claimed that Pohl asked inappropriate questions while presiding over the first trial, which [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bearing in mind the experience of Muslims in the United States after 9/11, the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] has urged UK Muslims to stay indoors to avoid being targeted for revenge in the wake of Thursday's terrorist bombings in London [JURIST report] which have been tentatively [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Senate Democrats said Thursday that although they appreciate the phone calls from the Bush administration following the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [JURIST report], they want to know exactly who President Bush is considering as a replacement before he submits a nomination to the Senate. Sen. Edward [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, a Peruvian judge has ordered the arrest of 118 current and retired military officers for their alleged involvement in a 1988 attack against the Andean village of Cayara [Amnesty International report], in which soldiers allegedly tortured and killed civilians in an attempt to gain information [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Pentagon spokesman said Thursday that there was "no evidence" of widespread abuse of prisoners by medical personnel at Guantanamo, denying earlier media reports [Newsday report]. Accusations of physical abuse had followed criticism about use of detainees' medical records against them [JURIST report]. A Pentagon spokesman did say that [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Mikhail Khodorkovsky announced Thursday after a meeting with prosecutors in Moscow that no new charges had been filed [RIA Novosti report] against the former Yukos CEO. Earlier, local media had reported that new money laundering charges were going to be announced when lawyers were summoned to the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Al-Qaeda group in Iraq has claimed to have executed Eyhab al-Sharif, Egypt's top ambassador to Iraq. He was kidnapped on Saturday shortly after arriving in Baghdad as the first envoy from a major Arab state to the new Iraqi government, and would be the first high-level foreign diplomat [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] New York Times reporter Judith Miller [Wikipedia profile], who was ordered jailed [JURIST report] for contempt after refusing to reveal a source in conjunction with a federal criminal investigation into an intelligence leak, is at the Alexandria Detention Facility [official website] in Alexandria, Virginia, after being brought to the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia's highest court Thursday rejected a challenge from environmental groups and upheld a law enabling 13 mining companies to operate in protected forests. The Constitutional Court ruled that the law did not violate the 1945 constitution [text] and that the government must honor commitments to the companies [Dow Jones [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US terror alert level [US Department of Homeland Security backgrounder] will be raised to code orange for mass transit in the wake of London explosions, according to US officials.12:37 PM ET - The UN Security Council has been called into emergency consultative session on [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Department officials Wednesday required CNN to erase any footage that might allow Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] prisoners to be identified during a recent visit [CNN report]. Taking up a challenge to reporters from President Bush to come see the facility [JURIST report] amidst allegations of abuse, CNN's [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for US Army Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] will request at a pretrial hearing Thursday that Judge Col. James Pohl be removed from the case. Pohl had presided over England's first trial, in which he threw out her guilty plea [JURIST report] after her statements [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A civil trial of American Electric Power [corporate website], the nation's biggest power company, opened Wednesday on charges by the government and eight states that it had violated the Clean Air Act [EPA website]. The suit against AEP alleges violations in connection with modifications made to power plants that [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government announced Thursday that it had released 400 prisoners but refused to name them. The majority of those released are believed to be political prisoners, many of whom are tied to the National League of Democracy party of Aung San Suu Kyi [official website; Wikipedia profile]. UN [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking reparations from several companies that benefitted or profited from slavery prior to its abolition. US District Judge Charles R. Norgle [official profile] ruled that a geneological tie was not enough to show injury, that the suit was brought [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A California National Guard unit known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program [San Jose Mercury News report] is under investigation by military authorities to determine whether it was created to spy on civilians. Activists are concerned that the group's actions are similar to spying done [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Class representatives amended a complaint against CardSystems Solutions, MasterCard, Visa, and Merrick Bank [corporate websites] Thursday, demanding monetary compensation for negligence. The lawsuit stems from a security breach at CardSystems that resulted in the exposure of some 40 million credit cards to potential fraud [JURIST report]. Three representatives filed [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Echoing earlier predictions [JURIST report], Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told a gathering of Shiite clerics Thursday that Iraq's new constitution "will be done on schedule". The constitutional commission [official website, English version] charged with drafting the charter needs to finish by August 15 in order for the pact to [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive, Khodorovsky defense website] will face new charges of money laundering Thursday along with his partner Platon Lebedev. Lawyers for Khodorovsky say they have no idea what specific charges will be announced, but the Prosecutor General's Office has invited them to appear [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyer Ziad al-Khasawneh, the head of Saddam Hussein's defense team who announced his resignation Wednesday [JURIST report], said Thursday that his motivation for quitting was repeated efforts by US members of the team to temper his criticism of the US occupation of Iraq. Khasawneh alleged that former US [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] In a short televised statement, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it is "reasonably clear" that the multiple London transport system blasts [JURIST report; BBC continuing live audio; BBC in-depth report] earlier Thursday were "terrorist attacks" designed to coincide with the G8 meeting at Gleneagles. The meeting will [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking [transcript] outside 10 Downing Street Thursday morning, UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke has reported "terrible injuries" after several explosions on the London transport system just before 9 AM London time Thursday morning suspected to have been caused by terrorist bombs. The system was shut down after explosions at [read more]

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