Legal news from Wednesday, August 17, 2005
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer delayed the civil class action fraud case against former Qwest Communications [corporate website] chief executive Joe Nacchio and other former phone company executives until September 30 to eliminate possible interference with a parallel federal criminal investigation. US Attorney William Leone requested the delay [JURIST [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN has formally accused Carina Perelli, head of the UN's Electoral Assistance Division [official website], with harassing her staff. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric did not offer specifics, but it is believed that the accusations stem from a four-month internal investigation initiated after several staff members accused Perelli of [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US State Department spokesman warned [press briefing transcript; recorded audio] Wednesday that if the Iraqi constitutional committee seeks a further extension of the deadline for drafting Iraq's constitution [JURIST news archive], such an extension would likely not be politically feasible. Iraq's constitutional committee Monday secured a seven-day extension [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] NATO General Steven Schook [official profile] told reporters Wednesday that he believes that allied forces are very close to capturing former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile]. Often referred to as one of the world's most wanted men, Karadzic is accused of leading the slaughter of thousands of [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's states brief, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled today that faculty at a parochial school cannot join the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union, because the legislature did not intend to grant the Michigan Employment Relations Commission [official website] jurisdiction over teachers at parochial schools. [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Newsweek is reporting that the New York Stock Exchange may settle with former CEO Richard Grasso [Wikipedia profile] for $25 million. The NYSE is attempting to recoup some of the $187 million compensation package Grasso received from the NYSE when he left [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Bob Taft [official website] was charged Wednesday with criminal misdemeanors for failing to acknowledge nearly 70 golf outings and other favors. The charges stem from a two-month investigation by a task force of Ohio authorities and come three months after Taft stressed at a conference the importance [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the American Bar Association [group website] has given US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] a "well-qualified" rating, the highest recommendation given by the ABA to judicial nominees. An ABA committee was formed in July [JURIST report] to review whether the "well-qualified" rating [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The family of Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes, mistakenly killed by police [JURIST report] who thought they were pursuing a July 21 London bombing [JURIST report] suspect, called Wednesday for a public investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The family also wants the shooters charged with murder [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indian law minister H.R. Bharadwaj said Wednesday that the country’s 130 million Muslims must choose whether to abide by fatwas [Wikipedia backgrounder] issued by Islamic family courts. The comments came in the wake of a petition filed by lawyer Vishwa Lochan Madan calling for the Supreme Court of India [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Wednesday charged militant Mohammad Hashim Qadir in connection with the 2002 kidnapping and murder of US reporter Daniel Pearl [Wikipedia profile]. Qadir was picked up last month for involvement in the killing of a man on June 5, and was later questioned [JURIST report] for his [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Patrick Leahy [official website] (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, denounced [press release] Tuesday the "radical" views of US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] and claimed that Roberts worked to reverse "decades of policies on civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, privacy, [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website], in a report to the UN Security Council, has accused Sudanese rebels of taking part in kidnappings, extortions and thefts, causing the already unstable Darfur [JURIST news archive] region to become even more lawless. Annan said that currently more than 3 million people [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] on Wednesday authorized death sentences for three Iraqi men convicted of murder, paving the way for the first legal executions in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Talabani, who has opposed capital punishment in the past [JURIST report], said he had [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has said that North Korea would consider returning to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text; IAEA backgrounder] if the US stops threatening the country, a Russian envoy who recently met with Kim said Wednesday. Russian presidential envoy Konstantin Pulikovsky met with Kim several [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court Wednesday ordered that Ethiopian-born Hamdi Issac, a suspect in the failed July 21 London transport attacks [JURIST report], be extradited to Britain [JURIST report] within 35 days. The three judge panel allowed the 35-day delay so that Italian authorities could complete their investigation into Issac's activities. [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer in Luxembourg [Wikipedia backgrounder] filed suit Tuesday challenging the country's July 10th referendum approving [JURIST report] the European Constitution [official website; JURIST news archive]. Lawyer Roy Reding [firm website; profile] claims the government violated Luxembourg's constitution [text] by providing public funding to support a "yes" vote for [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] Tuesday upheld a ruling by a federal district court in Alabama, throwing out a jury verdict that said that a Tyson Foods [corporate website] subsidiary, Tyson Fresh Meats, manipulated cattle market prices through contracts with beef producers. The [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Eighteen people convicted in the 2002 bombings in Bali [CNN special report] that killed 202 people, have had their sentences cut by several months to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day, prison wardens announced Wednesday. It is an Indonesian custom to reduce the sentences of inmates who exhibit good behavior on [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official profile] is seeking to revoke the bail of convicted murderer and former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen [JURIST news archives] because of pre-trial death threats made by his brother. J.D. Killen allegedly threatened to kill Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon and other [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Following gang riots that left at least 33 prison inmates dead [JURIST report] Monday, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann [official website] asked the Guatemalan Congress Tuesday for permission to build new maximum security prisons as part of a new security law. Hundreds of inmates belonging to rival gangs Mara [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website] overturned a lower Moscow court decision [MosNews report] Tuesday, reversing a ban on the National Bolshevik Party [party website; Wikipedia backgrounder]. Although the court did not immediately issue an explanation for their ruling, one is expected to be released soon. Prosecutors, who say [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Michigan court heard arguments from attorneys representing 21 gay couples and Governor Jennifer Granholm [official profile] Tuesday, who argued that the state's constitution [PDF text] does not prevent local governments and universities from extending benefits to the domestic partners of gay employees. A constitutional amendment [local coverage of [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Seventeen British families who lost relatives in Iraq will go to Britain's High Court Wednesday to demand an independent inquiry into the legality of the Iraq war [JURIST report]. The families argue that the nation's Human Rights Act [text] imposes the duty on the government to conduct an inquiry [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli army began evicting residents of Gaza [JURIST report] Wednesday, and despite heavy resistance in some areas, officials believe the evacuation could be complete within 48 hours. Of the 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza strip and four isolated West Bank settlements to be evacuated, two of them [read more]

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