Legal news from Wednesday, September 28, 2005
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] With Democratic Senators divided on Chief Justice nominee Judge John Roberts [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], it appeared all but certain Wednesday that he would be confirmed as early as Thursday by a solidly bipartisan Senate vote. At least 76 senators - including 21 Democrats - have thusfar indicated [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge Wednesday rejected a claim by former US Attorney General John Ashcroft [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] that the government should be exempt from certain regulations during national emergencies and allowed the continuation of a lawsuit by two Muslim men who said they were abused after [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] has opened an official investigation into the finances of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official profile]. Sources close to Frist said the SEC had authorized an investigation into Frist's sale of HCA Inc. [corporate website] stock in June, although the SEC [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two class action lawsuits accusing major US investment banks of price-fixing practices during initial public offerings of technology stocks during the late 1990s were reinstated Wednesday by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website]. The court wrote that the plaintiffs had alleged an "epic Wall Street conspiracy" [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Many Iraqis on Wednesday expressed outrage after Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive], notorious for her role in abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, was sentenced to three years [JURIST report] in prison on Tuesday. Some accused the US of having a double standard, arguing that the sentence [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Army investigators have not found sufficient evidence to charge any one for the release of graphic photos of Iraqi war casualties on the Internet, an Army spokesman said Wednesday. Although the Army Criminal Investigation Division [official website] is unlikely to file criminal charges, spokesman Paul Boyce said disciplinary [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] Wednesday postponed a key vote on Turkey's potential membership in the bloc and also approved a resolution calling for Turkey [JURIST news archive] to recognize the Armenian genocide [Wikipedia backgrounder]. EU [JURIST news archive] legislators agreed by a 311-285 margin to delay ratification of [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, the Swiss delegation at the Conference of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention, currently meeting in Rome, has called for the Secretariats of three international environmental conventions to be combined into one headquarters. The Rotterdam Convention [official website] is aimed at regulating the international [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Four Iraq war protesters have claimed victory after they were acquitted on federal conspiracy charges and convicted on lesser trespassing charges in the first federal conspiracy trial of anti-war protestors [JURIST report] since the Vietnam War. The group, known as the St. Patrick's Four [advocacy website], were arrested after [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has ruled that a decision by the Arizona License Plate Commission [AZ DOT website] to reject "choose life" license plates supported by pro-life groups in the state did not violate the constitutional rights of the groups. District Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt held that the Commission's decision [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors have begun to try 250 of the almost 50,000 people fined for failure to produce valid identification since the country's ID law came into effect on January 1, 2005. The law, intended to stop terrorism and passed in the wake of the murder of outspoken filmmaker Theo [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Over seventy percent of Iranian MPs Wednesday supported a draft bill to suspend International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] inspections of the country's nuclear facilities until the UN watchdog acknowledges Iran's right to pursue nuclear technology. The move is in response to a recent IAEA resolution [PDF; JURIST [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Texas grand jury has issued an indictment for US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [official website]. Earlier this month, an indictment was issued [JURIST report] against a political action committee formed by DeLay and a Texas business group on charges relating to campaign contributions [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of increased international pressure, a military court in Nepal has sentenced an army colonel and two captains to six months in jail for their involvement in the 2004 death of a 15-year old teenage girl accused of being a Maoist rebel. The court noted that Colonel [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Torture, absence of the rule of law, violence against women and political persecution are among the laundry list of "egregious" human rights violations occurring in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [official website], according to a new report from the United Nations. Vitit Muntarbhorn was appointed to the position [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Joshua R. Claus is expected to plead guilty to charges that he abused detainees in Afghanistan, at his military trial Wednesday. Last month, Claus, a military intelligence interrogator, was charged [JURIST report] with dereliction of duty and assault of two Afghan detainees in his custody at [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Capt. Ian Fishback [NY Times report], who served as an anonymous source for a recent Human Rights Watch report on the alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees, said Tuesday that Army investigators tried to track down young soldiers reporting misconduct rather than following up accusations of abuse. Human [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Advocacy group Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) [advocacy website], Wednesday released a report of human rights abuses [PDF text; PDF press release; video press release] revealing a high prevalence of torture and starvation in Turkey's psychiatric institutions. The results of MDRI's two-year investigation could further hinder Turkey's attempts to [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Judicial Conference of the United States [official website], the policy making body for federal judges, and the American Bar Association (ABA) [group website] have sent a letter [PDF text] to US Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) opposing proposed legislation that would limit death penalty appeals. The [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Judge William L. Abbott ruled Tuesday that former anti-Castro CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile] will not be deported to either Cuba or Venezuela where local officials want to prosecute him for alleged terrorist acts. US attorneys agreed that Posada should not be deported to Cuba, where [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Scotland Yard [official website] announced Tuesday that anti-terrorist officers have arrested a suspect in connection with the failed July 21 London bomb attacks [JURIST report], which occurred just two weeks after the fatal July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive]. Four other bombing suspects are in custody and ten [read more]

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