Legal news from Tuesday, July 19, 2005
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] At a brief East Room ceremony, President Bush has formally announced his nomination of US DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge John Roberts to be an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court [JURIST news archive]. Calling him one of the "most distinguished and talented attorneys in America", the [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Wire services are reporting that President Bush will nominate federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts for the US Supreme Court seat opened by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, according to Washington sources. Roberts, a former law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, currently sits on the [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) [official websites] introduced a bill [press release] Tuesday which could force millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States to leave. The proposed bill [text, PDF] includes the adoption of a machine-readable Social Security card system for all [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate Tuesday delayed a floor debate on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 [text, PDF] which proposes giving native Hawaiians self-governance privileges [JURIST report]. The Akaka bill [background website] is sponsored by US Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka [official websites], both from Hawaii, who said [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian Interior Ministry report has concluded that there are no links between detained chemist Magdi al-Nashar and the al-Qaeda suspects responsible for the bombings in London. Nashar was arrested in Cairo [JURIST report] last week as part of an investigation into the bombings when information surfaced that he [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC has filed civil fraud charges against former executives of i2 Technologies [corporate website], a Texas company that produces supply chain management software. In a press release, the SEC announced that it has filed suit [complaint, PDF] against three former i2 [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Three UK soldiers will be brought to trial charged with war crimes against Iraqi detainees, the Attorney General for England and Wales, Lord Goldsmith, announced Tuesday on behalf of the British Army Prosecuting Authority. Seven other British soldiers face courts-martial for alleged detainee abuse. The war crimes charges are [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers deadlocked today on a proposed constitutional amendment [text] that would prohibit the use of race and gender preferences in university admissions and government hiring. The board could not decide whether to accept or reject signatures gathered by the Michigan [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Interior ministers from Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan joined Tuesday in calling for a swift start to the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] after the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website, JURIST news archive] filed its first charge [JURIST report] against the former [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Late reports from Reuters indicate that two members of the 71-person Iraq constitution committee [official website] were shot dead earlier today, rather than three members as reported earlier [JURIST report]. Sheikh Mujbil al-Sheikh Isa, Dhamin Hussein Ileywi and Aziz Ibrahim were all killed by gunfire as they left a [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for a US citizen held as an enemy combatant [JURIST report] argued Tuesday in front of a US appeals court that his client should not be held without charges. Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], a Muslim convert, was arrested at O'Hare Airport in 2002 for planning to [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against US chemical company DuPont [corporate website] by two law firms in Florida representing 14 people who say that the company did not sufficiently warn the public about the health hazards associated with its product, the non-stick coating Teflon. Teflon contains the chemical perfluorooctanoic [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Croat soldier Miroslav Bralo, on trial for war crime charges [ICTY backgrounder] at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] at The Hague, changed his plea from not guilty [JURIST report] to guilty on Tuesday. Bralo, also known as Cicko, had been charged in [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A top adviser to the military commissions trying the 12 Guantanamo detainees charged with war crimes said Tuesday that he did not think any of the charges were serious enough to warrant a death sentence. Brigadier General Thomas Hemingway [official profile], Legal Adviser to the Appointing Authority in the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, UN spokesman Penangnini Toure has announced that two UN peacekeepers serving in the UN Mission to Burundi [official website] peacekeeping force were found guilty of breaking the UN's new, strict code governing sexual conduct of peacekeeping personnel while on assignment. Toure said that the two [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to a top military general in Turkey, the US has given orders to capture rebel members of the Turkish terrorist organization, the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) [party website, FAS backgrounder] in Iraq. The PKK has been fighting the Ankara government since 1984 and Ankara recently urged the US [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a senior administration official has said that US President George Bush will announce his nominee for the US Supreme Court this evening at 9:00 PM ET. AP has more. The latest speculation has centered around Alabama-born US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Edith Clement [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to the attorney for Rev. Jerry Falwell [official website], the Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] on Monday dismissed a Campaign Legal Center [official website] complaint [PDF text] against the evangelist in a 6-0 decision. According to the Campaign Legal Center, Jerry Falwell and two associated, tax-exempt nonprofit [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The African Union [official website] introduced its own plan for expansion of the UN Security Council on Monday, despite ongoing negotiations that would give Africa permanent representation on the council [JURIST report] and opposition by the US, Russia, and China [JURIST report] to the so-called G-4 plan. This plan, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq detailed concerns about corruption and violence delaying reconstruction as it submitted a list of its most pressing rebuilding needs to international donors on Monday. Concerns about graft and insurgent violence have meant delays and have resulted in only a fraction of the funds committed to rebuilding being put [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Despite approval of a military tribunal by the US courts [JURIST report] and Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [JURIST report], lawyers for Australian terror suspect David Hicks [Wikipedia profile, advocacy website] are looking to the US federal courts to get his trial moved to the civilian system. Hicks' US military [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] According to a conservative source familiar with the nomination discussions, White House officials have stated President Bush will not nominate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [JURIST report] on the US Supreme Court. Conservative activists had protested Gonzales as a potential [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iran demanded that Saddam Hussein face charges in connection with the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war at the end of a landmark visit to Tehran this week by Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [Wikipedia profile]. Iraq agreed in May 2005 to charge Saddam for his role in the war, and Iran [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Guatemala formally apologized on Monday for a government-ordered massacre that occurred during the country's civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder] on July 18, 1982, taking the lives of 226. Vice President Eduardo Stein made the acknowledgement in a small town north of Guatemala City, expressing remorse for the army's action that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Senate on Monday confirmed Lester Crawford [official profile] as the new head of the US Food and Drug Administration [official site] by a 78-16 vote [roll call], ending an earlier debate [JURIST report] about his nomination stalled by legislators' concerns. At issue was the FDA dragging its feet [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition legislators in the Philippines said Tuesday that they plan to file criminal charges against President Gloria Arroyo [official website] in connection with allegations of election fraud and corruption. Arroyo previously said she would "welcome" impeachment [JURIST report] as an opportunity to clear her name, and doesn't appear to [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] East Timor [JURIST news archive] and Indonesia [JURIST news archive] have set up a joint truth commission, to open August 1 2005, to address human rights violations that occurred during a 1999 rampage in East Timor [Human Rights Watch report]. Following a UN sponsored referendum to end Indonesia's violent [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Michael Newdow's latest challenge that "under God" is unconstitutional was narrowed by US District Judge Lawrence Karlton [official profile] in Sacramento on Monday. After the US Supreme Court dismissed his lawsuit [JURIST report] against the Pledge of Alliance for lack of standing last June, Michael Newdow promised to file [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that three members of the committee drafting a new constitution in Iraq were shot and killed outside a Baghdad restaurant Tuesday. Sources say that the men were three of the fifteen Sunni members who recently joined the committee to increase Sunni involvement in the process. Reuters [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo High Court [official site in English] on Tuesday rejected demands by Chinese plaintiffs for compensation for a germ attack against them in World War II, but the court did uphold the lower court's declaration that Japan carried out such an attack. The Japanese government has never officially [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] announced Tuesday that the country's constitution [JURIST news archive] is in its final stages and could be finalized by the end of July, ahead of the August 15 deadline [JURIST report]. The early completion is contingent on the committee striking a deal with [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition and civil rights groups in Kenya have called for three days of protests leading up to Friday's deadline for a proposed constitution, despite a ban on a planned protest march. The opposition accuses Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official website] and his government of diluting cross-party recommendations for re-writing [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese officials said Tuesday that Vietnam will make its court decisions public for the first time to increase transparency as it seeks to comply with requirements for joining the World Trade Organization [official website]. Vietnam's Supreme People's Court [court overview] has already published two volumes of civil, criminal, commercial, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] After his conviction for torture and hostage-taking [JURIST report] Monday, Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced Tuesday by a UK court to two concurrent 20-year prison terms. The jury sitting at London's Old Bailey found Zardad guilty after hearing the vicious examples of hostage-taking that Zardad [read more]

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