Legal news from Thursday, September 8, 2005
21:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian Presidential Election Commission [BBC backgrounder] late Thursday rejected a request [JURIST report] by leading opposition candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile] to rerun Wednesday's presidential elections after reports of widespread fraud and procedural violations [JURIST report]. An early count of votes gives Mubarak the lead in the polls. [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [Wikipedia backgrounder] Thursday night postponed the demolition of synagogues in the evacuated Gaza Strip [Wikipedia backgrounder] despite an Israeli High Court [official website] decision earlier Thursday to permit the destruction of synagogues that could not be dismantled [Reuters report]. Following Israeli disengagement [IDF materials], [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US military spokesman said Thursday that a hunger strike of prisoners at the US terror-suspect detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] has entered its second month. Some prisoners are now being force-fed via tubes and through medical assistance. The number of hunger strikers has risen to [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, California has joined 14 other states suing the US Department of Energy (DOE) [official website], alleging that the agency is 6 to 13 years behind schedule in updating efficiency standards for some household and commercial appliance categories and has failed to issue any new [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] On a visit to the stricken Gulf Coast region with Vice President Dick Cheney, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Thursday outlined priorities for a new Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force set up in the Justice Department to deter, investigate and prosecute disaster-related federal crimes like charity and insurance fraud, [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Immigration Judge Kenneth Hurewitz has ruled that Basuyouy Mamdouh Ebaid should not be deported because he would likely be tortured in his native Egypt. Ebaid was found on a terrorist watch list for praising Osama bin Laden [Wikipedia backgrounder] and suicide bombers [Wikipedia backgrounder] after police arrested him [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Swiss authorities have announced that they are investigating four people in connection with the now defunct UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive], all of whom are suspected of money laundering and bribery. The four suspects have not been identified, but are said to be non-Swiss citizens who [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the Washington Supreme Court ruled [text] today that lawmakers did not violate the state constitution or a teacher-pay initiative by eliminating state financing for one of three paid non-classroom "learning improvement days." The lawsuit, filed by the Washington Education Association [association website] and teachers and [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Antitrust Division [official website] of the US Department of Justice [official website] on Thursday sued [complaint; press release] the National Association of Realtors [group website], claiming the organization blocked competition by allowing real estate agents to withhold listings from brokers who utilized the Internet when providing customer service. [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Thursday made public a complaint seeking over $1 million in fines against American Airlines [corporate website]. The complaint alleges that a Federal Aviation Administration [official website] inspector observed the airline as it violated numerous federal [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday voted unanimously to allow high ranking members within the group to subpoena certain information from companies sued over asbestos claims. Committee leaders Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] and the ranking Democrat on the panel, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Texas grand jury has indicted a political action committee formed by US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website] and a Texas business group on charges relating to campaign contributions for DeLay's 2002 congressional campaign, though DeLay himself was not charged. Texans for a Republican Majority was charged [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A New Jersey appeals court has ruled [PDF opinion] that a law requiring all convicted criminals to register for a state DNA database in New Jersey is constitutional. The New Jersey Office of the Public Defender [official website] had challenged the law saying that the mandatory sample was an [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A lawsuit was filed in Germany Thursday against DaimlerChrysler [corporate website] by a shareholder who claims he was "short-changed" when the company failed to promptly disclose the early resignation [BBC report] of CEO Juergen Schrempp. The shareholder is arguing that if the information was made public when the decision [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Arbitration Appeals Court of Moscow rejected an appeal Thursday made by Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website, JURIST news archive] asking the court to freeze 76.79% of the shares of its former production unit Yuganskneftegaz [corporate website]. The appeal was submitted to dispute the sale of Yuganskneftegaz, which [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco [official website] has issued an executive order [PDF text] to delay all deadlines in court cases and other legal proceedings in the state from the date Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] hit until at least September 25. As reasons for the suspension, Blanco cited closed [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Internet giant Yahoo [corporate website] defended itself Thursday against claims that the company aided China in the prosecution and ten-year imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao for divulging state secrets abroad. Yahoo's Hong Kong arm allegedly helped China link to the journalist's e-mail account and computer, where they found evidence [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court convicted a Muslim cleric Thursday for assisting in the 2004 bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta [BBC backgrounder] that killed twelve people and wounded over 200. Heri Sigu Samboja was found guilty of two counts of terrorism and sentenced to seven years in jail for [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge approved a $2.1 million civil settlement Wednesday for former Qwest Communications [corporate website, JURIST news archive] executive Gregory M. Casey, who was charged in a civil lawsuit [JURIST report] for his alleged involvement in an accounting scheme that caused the company to restate billions in revenue. [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of Canada's three opposition political parties said Thursday that the government should launch an expanded probe into situations where Canadian citizens have been investigated by federal authorities but tortured abroad, echoing a similar request made by human rights groups [JURIST report] earlier this week. The request was prompted [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Base Closure and Realignment Commission [official website] from removing fighter jets at Bradley Air National Guard base [official website] in Connecticut. Connecticut filed a lawsuit [PDF complaint; JURIST report] last month arguing that the proposed change, part of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; Wikipedia profile] sacked his cabinet Thursday and accepted the resignation of his national security chief in the face of accusations of corruption only eight months after he came into office on pledges to halt graft. Yushchenko named Yuriy Yekhanurov, a regional governor, as [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Georgian man who allegedly threw a grenade at President Bush while he was speaking in Tbilisi in May was indicted by a federal grand jury [US DOJ press release] Wednesday. Vladimir Arutinian [Wikipedia profile], who already has been charged and arrested in Georgia, was charged with two counts [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] on Thursday outlined tough new anti-terror laws that would give police great power to electronically track suspects and detain them for up to 48 hours. Howard offered details on the proposal at a news conference [full transcript] ahead of a meeting [JURIST [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] officially announced Thursday that a referendum on the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] would be held October 15 [Reuters report], but UN officials said they were still waiting for a final version of the draft to print and [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The chief lawyer for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Thursday that Hussein has not confessed to executions or directing a bloody campaign against Iraqi Kurds that reportedly killed thousands. Khalil Dulaimi said in a statement to the media that Hussein had not been implicated in [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] An opposition Egyptian presidential candidate said Thursday that he would seek a rerun of elections held Wednesday after reports from monitors that widespread fraud and violations had occurred [JURIST report]. Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile], the best-known of nine challengers to current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; Wikipedia profile], [read more]

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