Legal news from Tuesday, August 2, 2005
23:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, a federal appeals court has upheld a lower court decision against Canadian Research in Motion Ltd. [corporate website], the company that produces the popular BlackBerry [product website] e-mail pagers. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held [opinion, PDF] that [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] New US UN ambassador John Bolton [official profile] met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday to present his credentials and deliver his letter of appointment by President Bush [JURIST report]. Bolton is known for his blunt style, his entrenched opposition to the UN-supported International Criminal Court [JURIST report], and [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [US DOJ profile] marked the 40th anniversary [speech, text] of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [US DOJ backgrounder] Tuesday by saying that the Bush administration is working to extend parts of the act which will expire in 2007 [JURIST report]. The Voting Rights [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Tuesday signed [White House press release] the US-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) [text] into law, making it the first official trade pact between the US and Central America. CAFTA will end tariffs against US products in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce [official website] on Tuesday agreed to a $2.4 billion settlement over a class-action lawsuit with investors in collapsed energy giant Enron Corp. The settlement is the largest yet, beating the $2.2 billion settlement with JP Morgan Chase [JURIST report] and the $2 billion paid [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, Alabama Governor Bob Riley signed legislation [Governor's press release] today that creates a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years to life for people convicted of certain sex crimes against children 12 and younger, and allows those offenders to be tracked by Global Positioning System [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga [official website] asked Sri Lanka's Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday to decide when the next presidential election should be, in an effort to counter increasingly strong opposition calls for a vote this year. The top political parties in Sri Lanka cannot meet a [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Hassan Moghaddas, an Iranian judge who tried a highly-publicized case involving dissident journalist Akbar Ganji [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website], was killed in Tehran on Tuesday by a gunman on a motorcycle. Moghaddas was shot and killed in his car after leaving his central Tehran office, according to Iranian judiciary [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] After at least 36 people were killed in riots [JURIST report] Monday, violence continued in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday in response to the death of former rebel leader John Garang [Wikipedia profile, who helped broker a peace deal and became vice president. Garang was the highest ranking official in [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines government on Tuesday denied a witness's accusation that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [Wikipedia profile] bribed election officials and threatened a lawsuit. Arroyo says people are being paid to testify against her as part of impeachment proceedings [JURIST report]. Michael Angelo Zuce, a former aide, says Arroyo paid [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leonard Clark, of the Arizona Army National Guard [official website], has been demoted from Specialist to Private First Class and fined $1,640 for disclosing classified information on his Iraq weblog [blog website]. Soldiers are allowed to maintain such sites but cannot post information related to their location, troop movements, [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia's Supreme Court has replaced two judges in the trial of Newmont Mining Corporation [corporate website] on charges that it polluted Buyat Bay, near its mine [JURIST report]. The high court ruled that the two were not qualified to hear environmental cases. Newmont is confident it will win the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Maryland employee of the National Institutes of Health [official website] has been charged under the Terrorism Prevention Act [PDF text] with spreading false information and making a hoax for threatening a tax assessment board with anthrax. Michelle Ledgister, 43, lost a claim for relief with the Broward County [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile] said Tuesday in Baghdad that protecting women's rights was "a fundamental requirement for Iraq's progress". Leaked drafts of the Iraqi constitution have reportedly contained provisions [JURIST report] that would apply strict Islamic law to such personal matters as marriage, divorce, and [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Immigration and Customs Enforcement [official website] division of the US Department of Homeland Security has announced over 1,000 gang-related arrests [press release] so far this year, including 582 in just the past two weeks [AP report]. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff gave details of Operation Community Shield [transcript] at [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyz prosecutor Nurlan Jeenaliyev said Monday that Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive] will return 15 Uzbek refugees back to their home country over the objections of the UN and some rights groups. The announcement came after weeks of diplomacy about the status of hundreds of Uzbeks who sought asylum in [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ashjan Ahmad al-Bukhari, an Egyptian lawyer, has become the first woman to join Egypt's presidential race, which for the first time will allow multiple candidates [JURIST report] this year. However, doubts remain about the validity of her candidacy, since at least 250 elected officials need to approve a candidate [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe dropped a second treason charge against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [Wikipedia profile] on Tuesday, clearing him of charges. Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was acquitted of plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe [JURIST report] in 2004. This second charge was for leading protests urging [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] After strong Congressional opposition [JURIST report] to an $18.5 billion offer from the China National Offshore Oil Company Ltd. (CNOOC) [official website] and a $17.3 billion bid from Chevron, CNOOC has announced that it will drop its offer completely instead of raising it [AP report]. China's offer led Chevron [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Despite newly-uncovered e-mails [JURIST report] from former US military prosecutors that characterize the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay as "rigged" and "a fraud", the Australian government is still backing a military trial for detained Australian David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] said Tuesday [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, an Iraqi defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Tuesday that he is boycotting the former president's trial after a man allegedly grabbed Hussein by the arm at a hearing last Thursday and tried to attack him [JURIST report]. Dulaimi is refusing to rejoin the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] According to the Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website] (CCR), the US military is holding two ethnic Uighur Muslims [Wikipedia profile] at Guantanamo that have been found not to be enemy combatants. Lawyers for Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu al-Hakim went before a federal court on Monday to [read more]

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