Legal news from Friday, July 8, 2005
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, Big Four [Wikipedia profile] accounting firm Deloitte [corporate website] is under investigation by federal regulators. Bloomberg News is reporting that the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board [official website] accidentally released a private document to the media alleging that Deloitte's work for Navistar [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld [decision text] a lower court decision today that found the state's Department of Natural Resources [official website] cannot regulate groundwater unless the legislature confers such authority. Judge John Wright, writing for the majority, stated "The department has no common-law duty [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] G8 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia issued a final joint statement on counter-terrorism [text] Friday denouncing once again [Thursday G8 statement] Thursday's terror attacks in London, and calling on UN members to reach early agreement on a draft of [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US has vowed to oppose any attempt to remove politically-beleaguered Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website], dogged by allegations of election fraud [IHT report], unless that is done through a constitutional process. US embassy Charge d'Affaires Joseph Mussomeli said in a Philippines radio interview [transcript] Friday that [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis Friday upheld a Nebraska federal district court ruling [JURIST report] in Carhart v. Gonzalez [appeals opinion, PDF] finding the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act [text] unconstitutional because it lacks an exception for the health of the mother. Federal [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The German Finance Ministry [official website, in German] announced Friday it would extend Germany's national terrorism coverage insurance pool for two years past its planned 2005 expiration date. The decision to extend the Extremus Versicherungs AG [official website, in German], enacted in the wake of 9/11, to cover damage [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Three members of Italy's far-left Red Brigades [Wikipedia backgrounder], who were among five people sentenced Wednesday[JURIST report] to life in prison for the murder of government economic advisor Marco Biagi, were sentenced Friday to another life term for the murder of Massimo D'Antona [EIRO backgrounder], a professor and legal [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan Prosecutor General Azimbek Beknazarov has announced that his government will deport 13 of 29 detained Uzbek refugees accused of participating in a May uprising in in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan [BBC report], rejecting claims the refugees would face torture in Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan is also considering a [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, G8 leaders ending their two-day summit in Scotland issued a final statement saying that they deplored "recent events" in Zimbabwe that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of individuals being left homeless [JURIST report] due to the destruction of their dwelling places, and urged Zimbabwean [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced Friday that four detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are to be released after Combatant Status Review Tribunal [State Dept. press release] determination that they no longer pose a threat. No details about the detainees were provided. The quasi-judicial tribunal, set by the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [Wikipedia profile] announced Friday at the G8 summit that his country will begin withdrawing 300 of its 3,000 troops from Iraq as early as September, depending on security conditions. The announcement comes amid concerns of increased tension between the US and Italy following the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ministers are expected to rush into law new measures to arrest and detain terrorism suspects in the UK after Thursday's bombings in London [JURIST report], according to British press reports Friday. A draft counter-terrorism bill [House of Commons website] designed to create new offenses related to planning terrorist attacks [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Despite earlier indications that it would be approved [Deutsche Welle report], observers now aren't sure which way Luxembourg will vote on the EU Constitution [JURIST news archive] in this Sunday's national referendum [official website, in French]. Other countries have postponed similar votes [JURIST report] and the ratification deadline was [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indian opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani [BBC profile] criticized the Indian government Friday for repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) [text], saying that such legislation was necessary to prevent incidents like a Tuesday attack on a religious site in northern India [BBC report] that is disputed between Hindus [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Despite a Supreme Court of Canada [official website] order [text] that Rwandan Leon Mugesera [CTV profile] should be deported amidst accusations of inciting genocide [JURIST report] in his home country, Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] said Friday that Mugesera will not be extradited unless Canada receives binding [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on previous Pentagon denials of abuse [JURIST report], US Army Surgeon General Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley, M.D. [official profile] Thursday presented a "comprehensive assessment" of actions and procedures by medical personnel at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] and in Iraq and Afghanistan, telling reporters at a Pentagon [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Eighty-nine member nations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] voted Friday to adopt recommended changes [press release] to toughen standards of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material [summary and text] at a special conference [website] in Vienna. The treaty governs the transport, domestic [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sven Jaschan, a 19-year-old German, was given a 21-month suspended sentence Friday after being convicted by a German court of computer sabotage and illegally altering data for authoring the Sasser computer worm [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Jaschan escaped jail time because he was only 17 when he wrote the worm. Earlier, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge William Stafford rejected an injunction against Florida's new parental consent abortion law Thursday. According to the judge, opponents of the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act [text], which took effect June 30, failed to show they had a good chance of winning a constitutional case against [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for US Army Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] announced Thursday she will plead not guilty in her upcoming court-martial. The trial will reopen later this summer with the Army maintaining most of the charges from the original trial in which Judge Col. James Pohl threw [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] London Metropolitan Police [official website] Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said Friday that the confirmed death toll from the Thursday bomb attacks in the British capital [JURIST report] had risen to "at least 50" and would go up as more bodies were recovered from damaged cars in the subway system, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Florida State Attorney Bernie McCabe announced Thursday that he had found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing with respect to the collapse of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] 15 years ago. Following Schiavo's autopsy [JURIST report] last month, Govenor Jeb Bush asked McCabe to investigate [St Petersburg Times report] what [read more]

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