Legal news from Thursday, September 1, 2005
21:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, US Department of Justice lawyers have accused Bayou Management of fabricating wildly inaccurate financial results for the past seven years. Filing civil charges to freeze the hedge fund's assets, US Attorney David Kelly [official website] said that the company's auditing firm, Richmond-Fairfield [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief of the US Army National Guard Bureau [official website] said Thursday in Washington that the National Guard was deploying over 4000 military police to support civilian law enforcement officers around New Orleans and elsewhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "This is not martial law," said Lt. [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the California Senate [official website] by a 21-15 vote approved legislation today that would legalize same-sex marriages. Bill sponsor Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, plans to bring the bill up in the state Assembly on Tuesday. Last June the Assembly narrowly rejected a same-sex marriage [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking at a press conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has said she has asked for "no less than 40,000 troops" from the federal government to help restore order and assist civil authorities in the New Orleans area and elsewhere in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility [Aljazeera report] for the July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive], according to a video broadcast Thursday afternoon on Arab television channel Al-Jazeera. The video included statements from al Qaeda second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the suicide bombers in the [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UK government put forth a proposal [press release; PDF report] Thursday that would give relatives of homicide victims the opportunity to have their voices heard at murder and manslaughter trials. Much like the current system in the US, family members of a victim will be able to speak [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The EU on Thursday pushed Tehran to resume negotiations on the country's nuclear activities and threatened to bring Iran before the UN Security Council [official website] for possible sanctions if it did not. The threat comes as a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website], set [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Thursday proposed new rules [press release] for the 25 European Union nations to set up common standards on immigration and asylum. Franco Frattini [official website], vice-president of the Commission, said the goal was to have a uniform and transparent policy for returning people [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The investigator leading the UN inquiry [JURIST report] into the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [official website] said Thursday that there may be more suspects involved in the assassination, in addition to the five pro-Syrian men already arrested [JURIST report; UN News report]. On Tuesday, the [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Carla del Ponte [UN profile], chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], on Thursday called for the EU to pressure Croatia and Serbia to take action on arresting suspects wanted by the UN tribunal and said the EU should not build closer ties [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US judge Wednesday denied Sami Al-Arian's request for a mistrial after suggestions emerged that the jury was tainted in the ongoing trial against the ex-professor [JURIST report]. Sami Al-Arian [Wikipedia profile, advocacy website] and three other defendants are on trial in Florida related to charges [official charge sheet] [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] After legislators quashed the impeachment [JURIST report] of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website, Wikipedia backgrounder], opposition lawmakers said Thursday that they are attempting to collect enough votes to continue the impeachment process. In proceedings boycotted by the opposition, Arroyo's congressional allies in the House Committee on Justice [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Among many other things, Hurricane Katrina has devastated the legal system [AP report] in New Orleans, causing major disruption of legal services across the state of Louisiana and beyond. The storm has interrupted business in local courts [US District Court bulletin], including the state Supreme Court, although the extent [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Hawaii taxpayers may sue to halt state funding of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs [official website] for purported discrimination against non-native residents [OHA press release]. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] has completed the last of ten practice sessions held to prepare him for his confirmation hearings, set to begin next week. The grueling sessions, which have been dubbed "murder boards," involved Roberts answering questions from over a [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Four Navy SEALs who filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] against the Associated Press (AP) [media website] for publishing pictures of the men posing with Iraqi detainees agreed Thursday to drop all claims and not appeal the July dismissal of the lawsuit [JURIST report]. The lawsuit claimed that the AP [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Shell Group [corporate website] agreed Thursday to pay $9.2 million to settle lawsuits brought last year by shareholders when the oil company admitted to overstating its oil and gas reserves [JURIST report] by 20 percent in 2004. The lawsuits led to an overhaul of Shell's top management and [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Cuban-born anti-Castro former CIA operative withdrew his petition for asylum in the US Wednesday, stating that if he continued to testify, he was afraid he may have to reveal state secrets. Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile] entered the US illegally through Mexico [JURIST report] earlier this year. Venezuelan [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have started another hunger strike in an effort to "receive a fair hearing and humane treatment," according to human rights lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website]. The detainees ended an earlier strike on June [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President George Bush told ABC's Good Morning America Thursday that there should be "zero tolerance" for the looters who have ransacked New Orleans' stores in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one day after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared "martial law" to deal with the looting situation [JURIST [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three convicted murders were executed in Iraq Thursday, marking the first time the death penalty has been used since Saddam Hussein [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] lost power in 2003. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] opposes the death penalty and refused to sign the men's death sentences after [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Martha Stewart [JURIST news archive] will hand over her electronic ankle bracelet to federal authorities Thursday, ending the five-month house arrest portion of her sentence [JURIST report]. Stewart was convicted [JURIST report] in 2004 for conspiracy, making false statements and obstruction of justice. She has already served five months [read more]

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