Legal news from Tuesday, August 23, 2005
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, Northwest Airlines continued service today, the second full business day of strikes by their mechanics' union. In what some are seeing as a serious blow to organized labor [Reuters report], the airline completed 98% of its scheduled flights, though many have been [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] is examining whether investors paid researchers to reveal information about ongoing drug studies in order to profit from the results before they were available to the public. Earlier this month, The Seattle Times [newspaper website] said it found 26 cases [ST [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has determined that there is "an insufficient basis for appeal" against the recent dismissal of trespassing charges against two illegal immigrants brought by state officials. Judge L. Phillips Runyon dismissed the trespassing violations [AP report] against the immigrants earlier this month and stated [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, North Carolina lawmakers have selected Democrat June Atkinson as the State Superintendent of Public Schools [official website], resolving the country's last undecided statewide election from 2004. After Atkinson beat Bill Fletcher in the 2004 election, the state Supreme Court ruled [text] that at least 11,000 [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Jailed Russian oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archives, defense website], announced in a statement [text] Tuesday that he will go on a hunger strike in support of his jailed business partner, Platon Lebedev. Lebedev was placed in an isolation cell after refusing to take his required daily walk. [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush urged Sunni Arabs on Tuesday to embrace the proposed Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] in an effort to bring peace to a country on the verge of civil war. When asked about a Sunni negotiator's warning that the constitution may lead to a Sunni revolt, Bush replied [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Negotiations for the return of Saudi Arabian detainees from US custody at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have reached "an advanced stage", according to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal speaking at a press conference in Jeddah Tuesday. There are currently 121 Saudis among the 505 detainees remaining [JUROST [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel Tuesday called a televised statement by Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson [personal website] calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] "criminal" and said that Robertson's comments were "terrorist statements." Speaking Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's The 700 Club [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] In a meeting Tuesday with his lawyer and the judge investigating charges against him, ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] confirmed that he has reduced his legal team to one lawyer. As previously claimed in a statement by Hussein's family [JURIST report], Hussein said that he will [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army interrogator pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty and assault of 22-year old Afghan detainee [JURIST report] Dilawar [Wikipedia profile], who died in December 2002 at Bagram Control Point [Global Security profile] near Kabul. Spc. Glendale C. Walls admitted to pushing Dilawar during interrogation and watching [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan government released the final draft of the country's new constitution Tuesday, amidst protests from those upset with President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] for his failure to limit any of his over-reaching presidential powers [JURIST report] in the new constitution. The Kenyan Electoral Commission [official website] will set [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian government and separatist rebels in the province of Aceh are disputing the jurisdiction of the human rights tribunal to be established under their newly signed peace accord [JURIST report]. The Indonesian government believes the tribunal is being created for "future needs, not for the past," and does [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who was convicted by a German court [JURIST report] last week for his involvement with the 9/11 attacks, said Tuesday that they have appealed the conviction. Motassadeq's lawyers claim the evidence linking him to the attacks was circumstantial and [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev [official bio] on Tuesday denied corruption allegations that were made during the March uprisings that ousted him and former President Askar Akayev from office [JURIST report]. Tanayev has been accused of using government money improperly, including buying expensive cars for government officials and [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday filed fraud charges [PDF complaint; SEC press release] against two former Kmart [corporate website] executives for misleading investors about Kmart's financial future before the company filed for bankruptcy in January 2002. Former Chief Executive Officer Charles C. Conaway and former Chief Financial [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archives, trial website], the former head of Russian oil company Yukos who is currently serving a 9-year prison sentence for fraud and tax evasion, plans to run for the State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower house of the Russian Parliament, his lawyer said [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The results of a new poll suggest that British citizens are receptive to tough new anti-terror laws [JURIST report] detailed by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official bio] earlier this month. The poll, conducted by ICM for the Guardian newspaper, reveals that 73 percent of British respondents are willing [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) [official website], Britain's police watchdog agency, promised Tuesday to release a report on the death of Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes [Wikipedia profile] by the end of the year. De Menezes was killed by police [JURIST report] on the London subway on [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Tokyo court has ruled that a contest by Japanese soldiers in 1937 to behead Chinese soldiers did occur, and was not fabricated by the media, as claimed by families of the Japanese soldiers concerned. Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun [media website, in Japanese] ran a story in 1937 detailing [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin [official bio] has signed legislation banning verbal panhandling in popular downtown tourist destinations, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site [official website]. The ordinance [PDF draft text] bans "commercial solicitation" and all verbal requests for money or other valuables in a public place [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official bio] used her majority in Congress Tuesday to frustrate opposition attempts to impeach [JURIST report] her. The opposition is attempting to consolidate three separate impeachment complaints to one strong case, while the majority has pushed to eliminate all but one weak charge. The [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Humam Hammoudi, head of Iraq's constitutional drafting committee [official website], told reporters Tuesday that it was unlikely that the three additional days provided by the National Assembly to settle differences over the charter [JURIST news archive] would be sufficient to solve all the outstanding issues in the proposed draft [read more]

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