Legal news from Monday, September 12, 2005
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Making his own opening statement [NYT transcript] on the first day of his confirmation hearings [JURIST report], US Supreme Court [official website] Chief Justice nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive] told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Monday:a certain humility should characterize the judicial role. Judges and justices are [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Levar Haley Washington and Gregory Vernon Patterson, both pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that they planned terrorist attacks in Los Angeles [JURIST report]. Washington said that he pled not guilty "[i]n the name of Allah." The two were held without bail after their pleas were heard. The [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website] has announced that it has entered into a consent order with Freddie Mac [corporate website] over the company's multi-billion dollar accounting scandal [Forbes report]. The OFHEO, which maintains government oversight of Freddie [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] British businessman Hemant Lakhani [Wikipedia backgrounder], 69, was sentenced to 47 years in prison by a New Jersey federal court Monday for financially backing terrorist activities. Lakhani was convicted in April of illegal arms sales and attempting to provide material support to terrorists [JURIST report] after he reportedly sold [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, the US Senate could vote tonight on a proposal that would set aside the Environmental Protection Agency [official website] cap on mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. The agency's rule [official website], which was finalized in March, sets a nationwide cap on mercury emissions [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] today that an illegal immigrant, suffering from severe pain and diagnosed with acute leukemia, was entitled to Medicaid because he suffered from an emergency medical condition. The court overturned a lower court decision upholding the denial of Medicaid [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli army General Doron Almog said Monday that he had narrowly escaped arrest on war crimes charges after arriving Sunday at London's Heathrow airport for a planned UK vacation. Allegedly tipped off by British government contacts, Israel's ambassador to Britain boarded the plane on the tarmack and warned [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] As US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] confirmation hearings commenced Monday [JURIST report] for nominee John Roberts [JURIST news archive], Democrats and Republicans sparred over the appropriateness of questioning Roberts about controversial issues such as privacy rights and abortion. Roberts, who was nominated [JURIST report] by President Bush to [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has extended the reasonable search and seizure rights established under the Fourth Amendment to defendants awaiting trial on criminal charges. The 2-1 decision [PDF text] held that police may not conduct a search based on less than probable [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that FEMA Director Michael Brown [official profile] has resigned from the agency after being replaced last week [JURIST report] as the on-site head of federal Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] relief and recovery efforts.5:15 PM ET - President Bush has named R. David Paulison [official profile], [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the Inspector General [official website] of the Department of Justice [official website] released a report [PDF text; PDF appendices] Monday revealing that federal agents frequently violate the FBI's guidelines for dealing with confidential informants. After assessing 120 confidential informant files from FBI offices around the country, [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Pentagon officials are in the final stages of determining whether to implement a new weapons program that would mandate the production of a new era of landmines, dubbed "networked munitions", in the face of international opposition to such weapons. Doreen Chaplin, division chief for network munitions in the [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Judge Alphons Orie has confirmed and unsealed indictments [ICTY press release] against Croatian journalists Josip Jovic and Marijan Krizic. Jovic and Krizic, charged with one count each of contempt of the tribunal under Rule 77 of the UN court's Rules [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyz Prime Minister Felix Kulov said Monday that Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive] will decide on the fate of 15 Uzbek refugees [JURIST report] trilaterally through the opinions of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees [official website] and the Kyrgyz and Uzbek General Prosecutor's Offices. The 15 [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Intensive talks directed at salvaging a consensus draft document for the 2005 United Nations World Summit [official website] broke down Monday over differences on human rights and management reform, according to a spokesman for the US UN mission [official website]. Rick Grenell said that Egypt, China, Russia, and Pakistan [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [Wikipedia profile] moved to Syria Monday, after Lebanon charged four pro-Syrian generals with planning Hariri's death [JURIST report] earlier this month. Chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis held talks in Syria Monday to discuss procedural issues in [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Guy Mansfield QC [profile], chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales [group website], told the Commonwealth Law Conference [conference website] Monday that suspected terrorists must not be denied their legal and human rights. Mansfield said [prepared remarks, DOC] that "Governments are moving to address internal dangers with [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Jordan [JURIST news archive] sentenced 12 men Sunday to prison for plotting terrorist attacks against the US embassy [embassy website] and the Israeli embassy in Jordan. The men were also accused of planning attacks against a popular hotel in Irbid, the home of a cultural festival [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Supreme Court [official website] has issued an order [text, PDF] allowing lawyers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama displaced by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] to practice law in Texas for 30 days. The temporary order will put a hold on normal state licensing requirements monitored by the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A nine-judge panel in Rwanda charged Belgian Catholic priest Guy Theunis Sunday with inciting and planning the 1994 genocide that killed more than 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Theunis was the first foreigner to appear before community "gacaca" courts [official website], which were established to investigate more than 760,000 [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Croatia has reopened the trial of eight former military policemen accused of torturing and killing Serb prisoners of war at the Lora military prison in 1992. In 2002, the former policemen were acquitted by a county court in Split, but allegations of bias, mishandling of evidence, and harassment of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia backgrounder] has approved amendments to the country's constitution [JURIST report; constitution text] that allow the government to nationalize white-owned farms and impose travel bans on those deemed anti-government. Critics say the land-law changes will prevent white farmers from being able to challenge any property [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Over 100 Massachusetts lawmakers plan to vote against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state and create civil unions, according to an AP poll. The survey conducted between September 6-9 found 104 lawmakers who plan to vote against the proposed amendment, scheduled for a [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty [official profile] told the Canadian Press Sunday that he will not let his province use Shariah (Islamic law) [Wikipedia backgrounder] to settle family disputes involving Muslims, such as divorce and child custody issues. A 2004 Ontario government report [PDF text] discussed the possibility of applying [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] will begin its confirmation hearings Monday for John Roberts [JURIST news archive], nominated [JURIST report] by President Bush to serve as the 17th Chief Justice of the United States in the wake of the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist [JURIST news [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will argue that he has been denied due process of law when his trial begins next month [JURIST report] on charges stemming from the killings of 143 Shiite residents of the town of Dujail [JURIST report; NPR report]. London-based [read more]

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