Legal news from Saturday, September 3, 2005
23:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Chief Justice William Rehnquist [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive; JURIST essay] has died, according to a US Supreme Court spokeswoman. He was 80 and had been suffering from thyroid cancer; his last high-profile public appearance off the bench was in January this year when he [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association heads a growing list of lawyers groups organizing legal aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Bar associations from across the US are donating funds to support the provision of legal help to the hundreds of thousands of displaced citizens reconstructing their lives [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's Iraqi lawyer Khalil Dulaimi told Reuters Saturday that the October 19 trial date for his client indicated Friday by an Iraqi government source unconnected with the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] set up to try Hussein was too early, and that "years" were needed to assess what [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Federal and state officials said Saturday that with an influx of more National Guard troops and state police, civil authority had been restored to the New Orleans streets after a wave of crime and looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but admitted that the justice system still faced [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union charged Friday that Georgia had raised the fees for its new controversial voter ID cards [GA Department of Driver Services information] without notice to the US Justice Department as required under federal law. The office of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue [official website] denied the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] New papers by US Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. [JURIST news archive] released by the National Archives Friday indicate that as a young White House lawyer in 1984 he had some doubts over American ratification of the 1948 Genocide Convention [text] which he feared might be used [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website], serving Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi from the John Minor Wisdom Courthouse [US GSA historic federal buildings register] in New Orleans, is moving to temporary quarters in Houston, according to Chief Judge Carolyn King. King said Friday that although its 70 [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday refused a request by Virginia Attorney General Judy Jagdmann [official website] to have the full court rehear a June ruling by a three-judge panel [JURIST report; PDF ruling] striking down Virginia's law against late-term abortions because the law lacked an exception [read more]

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