Legal news from Thursday, July 21, 2005
23:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, the New York Stock Exchange [corporate website] (NYSE) has informed the SEC of its intentions to merge with electronic exchange unit Archipelago [corporate website] and form a publicly traded company. In a preliminary filing [PDF file] with the SEC, the companies said [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former CEO of HealthSouth Corp. [corporate website] Richard Scrushy [official website] petitioned a judge Thursday to terminate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] civil suit against him for corporate fraud charges since he was acquitted of criminal charges [JURIST report] last month. Scrushy's lawyers said in his [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Fifty-two detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are protesting their detentions and allegedly inhumane treatment by refusing meals, according to a statement released Thursday by the naval base's Joint Task Force [official website]. The prisoners have so far given up nine consecutive meals, but US military officials said [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] London police arrested two men Thursday as suspects in the noon hour attacks on a bus and three subway trains [JURIST report]. Officials said one of the men was arrested near the home of Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile], while the other was detained close to the Warren [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein on Thursday questioned why he only has access to his lawyer during interrogation sessions before judges investigating the charges against him. In a new released videotape of Saddam, he asked Judge Munir Haddad, "The lawyer only sees his client when there is an investigation session. Is this [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] After another four explosions in the UK Thursday [JURIST report], the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) [official website] in Britain immediately expressed the need for new and broader powers to deal with terrorism [press release], such as the ability to hold a terror suspect up to three months [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously ruled [text] today that remarriage does not automatically terminate alimony payments, but recipients must show there is a good cause to continue the payments. Justice Judith Meierhenry wrote, "Absent a showing of extraordinary circumstances, [the wife's] alimony should have [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] An official for the UN Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo [official website] accused neighboring Uganda on Thursday of harboring Congolese guerrilla fighters and violating a UN Security Council resolution [UN press release]. Uganda denied allegations that Congolese rebels were using their land to build a new political [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian diplomats revealed plans on Thursday to file a lawsuit against anti-Syrian militia leader Samir Geagea [Lebanese forces profile] for the kidnapping of four Iranian diplomats from Beirut who were subsequently delivered to Israel by the Christian Lebanese Forces in 1982. Geagea, recently pardoned [JURIST report] by the Lebanese [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition lawmakers said Thursday that they have the support of over 50 Filipino lawmakers for the expected impeachment complaint [JURIST report] against current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website]. The impeachment complaint, which is likely to be formally filed Monday, must contain at least 79 votes from the 236-member [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of the Treasury [official website] announced on Thursday that they have frozen the assets of six nephews of Saddam Hussein [press release] to help end support for terrorists and insurgents in Iraq. "This action targets the money flows of former regime elements actively supporting attacks against [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, two of Africa's most prominent Nobel laureates have called for the African Union [official website] to impose sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] for his continued program of mass evictions in Operation Murambatsvina [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Nobel laureates Wole Soyinka and Wangari Maathai [Nobel [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] joined Thailand's National Human Rights Commission [official website] in opposing new security powers [JURIST report] given to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [profile]. A cabinet decree now allows the government to impose curfews, censor news, ban public gatherings, tap phones, and hold suspects [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] launched a national online registry of sex offenders [official website] on Wednesday, compiling individual state databases into one location. The registry, which provides photographs and information such as how close offenders are to schools, enables the public to track the locations of [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prime Minister Tony Blair gave a statement Thursday [transcript] at 10 Downing Street after a series of four incidents saying "We have to react calmly and continue with our business. We know why these things are done - they are done to scare people and make them feel worried." [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for a man with both British and Iraqi citizenship argued before the London High Court Wednesday that his nine-month detention without charge is a rights violation [Amnesty International press release]. Hilal Abdul-Razzaq Ali al-Jedda was detained by US forces and handed over the British troops in October on [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Oregon House of Representatives [official website] voted 55-4 on Wednesday [press release] to require a prescription for cold medications that contain pseudoephdrine, a nasal decongestant that is used by drug dealers to make meth. The measure is expected to pass the Senate and is supported by Gov. Ted [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives will debate its version of a bill Thursday to extend the Patriot Act [text], which after months of debate has seen 20 amendments adopted and 47 proposed [JURIST report]. The final version of the bill [JURIST report] to be voted on does not, however, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Swiss ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Maurer told the UN Security Council's counter-terrorism committee on Wednesday [PDF Swiss statement] that Switzerland believed that although targeted economic and travel sanctions against individuals were useful in countering terrorism, the scope of such sanctions must be more carefully defined. Maurer outlined [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] During a press briefing on Wednesday, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] said Iraq would be making a "terrible mistake" [DoD transcript] if it severely limited women's rights, as hinted by a leaked draft of their new constitution [JURIST report]. In the document, Iraqi women would be [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website, JURIST news archive] want to reopen their case against former Yugloslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] to present new evidence, including a video of the Srebrenica killings [JURIST report] that has resulted in several arrests [JURIST [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Britain began negotiations with Jordan on Wednesday regarding the deportation of anyone who condones or incites terrorism, a new policy recommended after the London bombings [JURIST report]. Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke of a need to keep such individuals out [JURIST report], and expel ones currently living in the [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Following the deaths by gunfire of two prominent Sunnis [JURIST report] involved in the constitution drafting process earlier this week, Sunni Arabs decided Thursday to continue boycotting the drafting committee, putting in jeopardy the August deadline set for the constitution's completion [JURIST report]. Sunni committee member Kamal Hamdoun said [read more]

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