Legal news from Friday, August 5, 2005
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that Cedar Rapids [official website] does not have the authority to expand its control to include a preserve adjacent to the city because the city's extra-territorial jurisdiction does not extend to nature areas. The court said that while the [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law brief, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) [corporate website] has agreed to pay Enron Corp. [JURIST news archive] $250 million. The payment follows a a $2.4 billion settlement with Enron shareholders [JURIST report] earlier this week. In a press release, CIBC said [read more]

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[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected a US government plan [PDF opinion] that would have allowed vast undeveloped areas of the country's largest national forest to be open to logging. The Tongass National Forest [official website] in [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two technology privacy groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission [official website] to block a proposal that would give the US Department of Justice broad powers to listen-in on cellphone calls and monitor online computer activity by airline passengers. The Center for Democracy and Technology [advocacy website] and the [read more]

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[JURIST] Ismael Diallo, Chief of the Human Rights Division of the UN Operation in Burundi [official website], has deplored ongoing rights violations in the central African state, indicating that 53 summary executions of civilians were reported in Burundi in July 2005 alone. The majority of human rights violations have happened [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former WorldCom accounting executive Betty Vinson was sentenced Friday to five months in jail with an additional five months under house arrest for her role in the $11 billion fraud at the telecommunications giant that resulted in its bankruptcy. Vinson initially pleaded guilty to fraud in October 2002 and [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [Wikipedia profile] on Friday announced a planned summit meeting of Australian state leaders and security advisors next month to mull over ways to reduce Australia's vulnerability to terrorist attacks. Howard is debating whether terror laws should be strengthened following comments by some Australian Muslim [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon has released 32 new or recently uncensored images of the coffins of US soldiers and agreed to quickly fulfill any future Freedom of Information Act [US DOJ backgrounder] requests for images of US war casualties. The release came as a result of a lawsuit filed by University [read more]

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[JURIST] Iraqi leaders Friday put off a high-level constitutional meeting for two days while the Iraqi Kurdistan National Assembly [official website] convened in an emergency session and consultations between major players continued. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] had called the constitutional summit in order to break a deadlock regarding [read more]

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[JURIST] Updating an earlier story, the US is now reportedly engaged in discussions with three countries about the transfer of detainees currently being held in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] back to their home jurisdictions. A US agreement with Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the turnover of prisoners similar to [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] At an emergency summit Thursday, African Union [official website] member states reaffirmed their commitment to a plan for UN Security Council reform that rejects a competing plan by the G4 nations [JURIST news archive]. African states voted 46 to 9 to continue to press for two permanent seats on [read more]

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[JURIST] US ambassador Joseph LeBaron [official profile] was called Thursday to Mauritania's foreign ministry in Nouakchott by the Military Council for Justice and Democracy, a militia group that has taken control of the West African nation. LeBaron met with leaders of the military coup that ousted President Maaouiya Ould Taya [read more]

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[JURIST] Mahmud Faruq Brent, a Southern Maryland resident, was charged in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Thursday with aiding and abetting a terrorist organization. According to prosecutors, Brent openly bragged about his decision to attend a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and [read more]

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[JURIST] In a report [text; press release] issued Friday, human rights group Amnesty International [advocacy website] claimed that the abuses currently taking place in China are directly related to the country's preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing. The group pointed out that 3,400 people were [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian government began its criminal pollution case [JURIST report] Friday against Denver-based gold giant Newmont Mining Corp. [official website] and its American regional chief executive Richard Ness. The government claims that studies prove Newmont placed arsenic and mercury into the waters of Buyat Bay [New York Times report], [read more]

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[JURIST] In a victory for Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf [Wikipedia profile], the country's Supreme Court Thursday blocked a proposal by the Islamist-controlled North-West Frontier Province [official website] to introduce a set of controversial morals laws [JURIST report] to be enforced by religious authorities. Musharraf, a strong advocate for a progressive [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday granted a one-year stay of its June ruling [JURIST report] that the Quebec government can't block people from obtaining private insurance for health care procedures covered under the public system. In its June 9 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that [read more]

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[JURIST] European delegates offered Iran's government long-term support for efforts to develop a sustainable nuclear energy program Friday. The offer would include the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear fuel from Europe but it requires assurances from Iran that it will not withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text]. The [read more]

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[JURIST] British Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] on Friday announced a new set of measures to combat terrorism [statement text], saying anyone who "has anything to do with [terrorism], anywhere, will automatically be refused asylum in our country." Blair went so far as to say that the UK may [read more]

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