Legal news from Friday, July 22, 2005
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled [PDF text] that unused butterfly ballots from the 2000 presidential election can be destroyed as they are not public records. Chief Judge Charles J. Kahn, Jr. wrote that a ballot becomes public record when it is voted, [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities news, airline regulators have approved America West's merger with bankrupt US Airways. In a joint press release, the airlines announced that the Air Transportation Stabilization Board [official website] (ATSB) approved of the merger unanimously. The companies also said that the ATSB voted to allow [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A UN legal expert has recommended urgent action be taken to restore the rule of law in Ecuador following last December's Congressional ouster of 27 of 31 Supreme Court judges [JURIST report]. The Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the independence of judges and lawyers [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italy and France announced new security measures Friday designed to combat terrorism following the recent London bombings [JURIST report]. Although neither nation has been the target of Islamic terrorists, both have tightened security on transit systems and are investigating ways to crack down on militants and gather information. French [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese parliament passed a measure Friday giving Japanese Minister of State for Defense Yoshinori Ohno [official profile] the legal power to shoot down incoming missiles without consulting the prime minister or cabinet. The bill, which passed in the lower house last month, is seen as a response to [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Western intelligence security services believe that Ratko Mladic [Wikipedia profile], who has been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] for war crimes, is still being protected by covert members of the Serbia-Montenegro army and is "running rings around" intelligence agencies [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] California Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian removed Proposition 77 [proposition text], a redistricting plan by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official profile], from the November 7 state ballot Thursday, holding that supporters violated California's constitution by using two significantly different versions during the qualifying process. Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official profile] [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that London police arrested a man Friday in the south London neighborhood of Stockwell, near where a suspect was shot earlier today [JURIST report], in connection with Thursday's bombing attacks [JURIST report]. In related news, two men arrested Thursday [JURIST report] on suspicion of involvement in [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the main political opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance [official website], has called on South African President Thabo Mbeki [profile] to reject a request by Zimbabwean officials for financial aid to support the rapidly collapsing Zimbabwean economy. DA officials also called on Mbeki [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Senior magistrates in Spain's Audiencia Nacional, the country's primary terrorist court, say that they are contemplating refusing to extradite Spanish nationals to Germany after German officials refused to extradite [JURIST report] and later released Mamoun Darkazanli [BBC report], a German national and suspected al-Qaeda financier wanted in Spain on [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State urged senators Thursday not to pass the UN Reform Act of 2005 [PDF House version], legislation introduced by Senators Norm Coleman (D-MN)[official website] and Dick Lugar (R-IN) [official website], that cuts the dues the US pays to the United Nations. The House of Representatives [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday denied an appeal [PDF opinion] from convicted spy Jonathan Pollard [advocacy website] to reduce the life sentence he received for selling classified documents to Israel while working as a civilian intelligence analyst for the [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt [Wikipedia profile] received a 44-year suspended sentence Friday after he was convicted on eight charges including bribery and corruption, according to a legal source in Yangon. The secret tribunal at Insein prison also handed down long jail terms to two of Khin Nyunt's [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Detroit teenager Andrew Osantowski, accused of planning a massacre at his suburban high school, was sentenced Thursday to at least four years in prison for threatening terrorism and stockpiling weapons in his home. Law enforcement officials noted that the case seems to be among the first in the nation [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry stated Friday that the Korean War Armistice Agreement [text] ending the war in 1953 must be replaced by a peace treaty to resolve Korea's nuclear crisis [BBC Q&A]. The comments [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] In a report [PDF text] released Friday the UN condemned [press release] "Operation Restore Order," an initiative implemented by the government of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] to reduce crime by razing urban slums. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka [official profile], Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme [official website], prepared [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ordered [opinion] the US government to sell writings and other materials seized from the home of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski [Wikipedia profile] in 1996 and use the proceeds to contribute to the $15 million awarded to his victims. Kaczynski [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] London police shot and killed a man wearing a thick coat and possibly a "bomb belt" at London's Stockwell Tube station Friday, a day after the city was hit by the second round of terrorist attacks [JURIST report] in two weeks. Passengers said a man, South Asian in appearance, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two days after his nomination to the Supreme Court [JURIST report] by US President Bush, John Roberts made progress Thursday towards his goal of Senate confirmation when he received a rating of "non-activist judge" from moderate Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter [official website]. Roberts has yet to [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Thursday to extend the Patriot Act [text], a key document used to combat terrorism in the US. The measure was approved 257-171 [roll call] with 43 Democrats joining 214 Republicans in voting to extend key provisions of the Act that were [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The White House said Thursday it would veto the Senate bill for next year's defense spending if members of the Senate moved to regulate or set up a commission to investigate conditions at US detention camps. Democrats stated Thursday they will present an amendment to create an independent national [read more]

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