Legal news from Wednesday, September 7, 2005
21:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto a bill seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in California [JURIST report], according to a spokeswoman. The announcement follows a statement from the Governor's office late Tuesday on initial passage of AB 849 through the state Assembly in which a spokeswoman [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] survivors already in financial distress face a second hit if they do not qualify under stricter federal bankrupcty qualifications set to take effect Oct. 17. In addition to logistical difficulties of filing for those in areas devastated by the storm, changes made by the [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked the US Supreme Court to reject an appeal from a US DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision [PDF text] supporting the administration's use of military commissions to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni who once served as [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US has provided Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; official website, in Farsi] a visa, allowing him to attend the UN World Summit 2005 [official website] next week in New York, despite some suspicions that he was part of the 1979 US embassy siege in Iran. A State [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday granted bail for former WorldCom [MCIWorldCom website] CEO Bernard Ebbers, allowing him to remain free while he appeals a conviction for his involvement in the $11 billion fraud scandal that led to the collapse of the company. Ebbers was to report to a Louisiana prison [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] reportedly admitted to ordering deadly attacks on Kurds in north Iraq, but he argued the attacks were legal because they were made in retribution, an Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] official said Wednesday. The report appears to challenge the credibility of [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] has upheld [PDF text] a decision that found a 2010 deadline set by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District [official website] to clean up soot and other particles fell within the guidelines [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush paid tribute to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist [Oyez profile; JURIST news archive] during his funeral service at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington Wednesday, saying in a eulogy that he would be remembered for the integrity and sense of duty he brought to his work. In [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] A proposed ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Massachusetts can move forward after state Attorney General Tom Reilly [official profile] ruled [opinion letter, DOC] Wednesday that Article 48 of the state constitution [text] allows voters to overturn court decisions. The ruling to allow the initiative [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Christopher W. Greatorex was acquitted Wednesday of charges that he beat a detainee at a facility at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] who later died from the injuries. A three-person military jury at Fort Bliss Texas acquitted Greatorex, of the 377th Military [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Children and pregnant women cannot be included in pesticide testing on humans, according to a proposed rule [PDF text] released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency [agency website]. Under the proposed regulations, an independent oversight board would be charged with ensuring that all studies used by the agency were [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] told the European Parliament [official website] Wednesday that it may be necessary for EU member states to accept an erosion of some civil liberties in order to protect their countries from organized crime and terrorism. Addressing a parliamentary session [summary of statements] [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by deposed Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] of a lower court decision in July that stripped him of immunity [JURIST report] from prosecution. Pinochet, 89, is accused of involvement in Operation Colombo, in which 119 political [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines [corporate website], filed its reorganization plan [PDF text] and disclosure statement [text] in US bankruptcy court Wednesday, before the recently extended [JURIST report] November 1 expiration of its exclusive ability to draft such a plan. A $2.5 billion, all-debt loan package [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website in English and Russian] officially notified the district election commission Wednesday of his plans to run for the Moscow legislature in the December election, according to his lawyer Anton Drel. The former CEO of Russian oil company Yukos is [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich [official website] that attempted to stop the military from moving part of the 183rd Fighter Wing out of the state. The governor had argued that the unit was part of the state militia and had asked [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they planned on filing new charges against about a dozen suspects who are allegedly involved in the sale of questionable tax shelters by accounting firm KPMG [corporate website]. Prosecutors discussed the ongoing investigation at the arraignment of nine defendants charged last month for conspiracy [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] has ruled that the Israeli government should look into whether the Palestinian Authority [official website], US or UN is willing to preserve 20 synagogues that remain standing in the Gaza strip following last month's Israeli withdrawal [IDF materials] from the region. The court's [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] An international media watchdog organization has said that internet company Yahoo [corporate website] divulged information to China that led to the conviction of a journalist for leaking state secrets. Reporters Without Borders [advocacy website] Tuesday accused [press release] the Hong Kong arm of Yahoo with providing "China’s state security [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website] announced Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit against the European Commission in the European Court of First Instance [official website] over the "issue of broad licences for the source code of communications protocols." The lawsuit comes as part of the fallout from a 2004 European [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] BBC News is reporting that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has accepted responsibility for mismanagement of the now defunct UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. The Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] investigating the program delivered its final report [BBC report] to the UN Security Council Wednesday morning [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi official has confirmed that the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] will be sent to printers Thursday so that almost 5 million copies of the draft can be printed and distributed to citizens in advance of an October 15 referendum. Baha al-Araji, deputy head of [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A day after announcing his decision to nominate John Roberts [JURIST report] to succeed Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, President Bush Tuesday urged Senators to concentrate on confirming Roberts, and not speculate on who he will now choose to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a decision he says will [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal [official website] has affirmed [PDF opinion] a lower court's decision to uphold the suspension of a Florida woman's drivers license after she refused to remove a religious veil for her license photo. The ACLU filed the original complaint [text] in 2002 on [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi-born US resident Numan Adnan Al-Kaby was released from a US prison in Baghdad Tuesday, after attorneys from the ACLU [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit calling for his release [JURIST report; ACLU press release] last week. The US government continued to detain Al-Kaby despite a July US military tribunal [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptians voted in the country's first multi-candidate presidential election [JURIST report] Wednesday amid demonstrations and allegations of fraud. Longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; Wikipedia profile], who is expected to win easily, has touted the election as signaling a move towards democracy in the country where he previously [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Suspected looters and others accused of committing crimes in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] are now being held at the city's Greyhound bus station, which has been turned into a makeshift jail. Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti told reporters late last week that [read more]

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