Legal news from Thursday, September 22, 2005
18:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's states brief, the Florida Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] today that gun makers, sued by cities and counties seeking to recover the costs of providing services for gun-related violence, are not covered by their commercial liability insurance policies. The court found the gun makers' insurance policies excluded [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court Thursday rejected the appeal of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website] against his conviction [JURIST report] on fraud and tax evasion charges, but reduced his nine-year sentence [JURIST report] to eight years. The decision, which followed several postponements of the proceedings [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Scotland Yard [official website] said Thursday that bombing suspect Hamdi Issac [Wikipedia profile], also known as Hussain Osman, has been charged with attempted murder over the failed 21 July London bomb attacks [JURIST report]. Issac was apprehended in Rome [JURIST report] days after the failed attacks on the London [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced the last of six Muslim militants accused in the 2004 suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta [BBC report; Wikipedia backgrounder] to 10 years in prison for aiding those who carried out the attack. Syaiful Bahri was found guilty of violating anti-terrorism [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] voted 5-0 at a public meeting Wednesday to give small public companies an additional extra year to comply with requirements to file reports on the strength of their internal financial controls under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 [PDF text]. As with [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the New Jersey Attorney General [official website] has announced that the state will oversee a county-by-county probe into allegations of election irregularities [JURIST report] brought by Republicans. NJ Attorney General Peter Harvey [official profile] said the state would have some involvement in the investigation and report [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Judge John Roberts [JURIST news archive] as Chief Justice of the United States by a vote of 13-5 with all Republican members voting for and five Democrats voting against. Earlier this week, Roberts received an endorsement [JURIST report] from [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] More prisoners are on California's death row for murdering whites than for killing people of any other race, despite the fact that were more black and Hispanic murder victims during the same time period, according to a new study to be published in the Santa Clara Law Review [official [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] said Thursday that it will combine the cases of nine Bosnian Serb military officers [ICTY press release; PDF decision] accused of participating in the Srebrenica massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder] that resulted in the murders of nearly 8,000 Muslim men [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two US Army soldiers have been charged with prisoner abuse in an ongoing investigation into the deaths of two Afghan prisoners while in US custody, which has already led to charges being filed against 14 soldiers, the military said Wednesday. Both Sgt. Alan J. Driver and Spc. Nathan Adam [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A appeals hearing for Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website] was delayed again Thursday after his lawyer asked for more time to prepare, saying he had been unable to meet with Khodorkovsky in prison before Thursday's hearing. Hearings in Khodorkovsky's appeal of his conviction for [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] France, Germany and Great Britain, the EU's three major powers, have decided to drop their support for a US-backed draft resolution calling on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] to report Iran's nuclear program to the UN Security Council [official website], according to statements from diplomats Thursday. [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] After months of absolute rule by King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC News profile], Nepal [JURIST news archive] will move forward with local elections by April 2006 and national elections within two years, Nepalese Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey told the UN General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday. The announcement [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican judge on Wednesday refused to issue an arrest warrant for former President Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile] and seven other officials for a 1968 massacre of student protesters, ending a second attempt by prosecutors [JURIST report] to bring the former leaders to trial. Judge Ranulfo Castillo held that [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Christian leaders in Iraq have warned officials that the draft constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] "opens the door widely" to discrimination of religious minorities in the country. Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly of the Chaldeans [Wikipedia backgrounder] met with the Iraqi president and prime minister earlier this week and [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], local law enforcement and federal agents have expressed increasing concern over the damage the storm wreaked on the New Orleans justice system and how quickly it can recover. Among the larger problems faced by the city is the possible loss [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Expressing concern over the condition of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees participating in a hunger strike, attorneys for some of the detainees have told District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that the detainees are in worse condition than the military has admitted and asked the judge to oversee the military's [read more]

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