Legal news from Tuesday, October 11, 2005
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Rep. Tom DeLay [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday subpoenaed Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle [official website] in order to show that the Texas prosecutor acted improperly with grand jurors in seeking indictments against DeLay on conspiracy and money-laundering charges. DeLay's attorney has submitted a list [read more]

20:10 EDT

[JURIST] In what some Iraqi officials are calling a "breakthrough," Shiite and Kurdish leaders of the Iraqi government [official website, English version] have agreed to allow the country's parliament to review possible future amendments to the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive; JURIST document], a demand considered key to winning the [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Israel is depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights using security as an excuse, a top United Nations [official website] official told reporters Tuesday. Hina Jilani [ABA profile], special representative of Secretary General Kofi Annan [official profile], accused Israel of using security imperatives to block lawyers, journalists and human [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, a coalition including medical professionals from the University of Missouri and Washington University, the American Diabetes Association and the Parkinson's Action Network [advocacy website] proposed a Missouri constitutional amendment that would specify that stem cell research, cures and therapies allowed under federal law are also [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency and the US Justice Department announced [press release] on Tuesday that ExxonMobil [corporate website] will spend an estimated $571 million to settle a lawsuit with the federal government and three states over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act [text]. The settlement is intended to [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's King Guyanendra [BBC profile] has approved a new ordinance tightening oversight of the country's media. Among other provisions, the newly-enacted bill authorizes imprisonment and increased fines of individuals who publish "banned items," prohibits publication of stories that inspire disrespect or hatred of the king, and outlaws FM radio [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] debated the proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Bill [text; BBC Q/A] Tuesday as a coalition of demonstrators protested outside parliament. The bill, proposed [JURIST report] last year, is would ban incitement to religious hatred. The demonstrators, which included both religious believers and [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] vetoed a bill [text] that would have created the first statewide program to track trace amounts of chemical pollutants in human subjects to study the relationship between chemical exposure and health. Schwarzenegger said that the bill would "only [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] opened their case [press release] Tuesday in the trial against three former officers of the Yugoslavian army who allegedly permitted the massacre of more than 200 hospital patients in the Croatian town of Vukovar. The prosecution [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday heard oral arguments on whether convicted murderer Ronald Sanders was wrongly sentenced to death by a California jury that improperly relied on invalid aggravating factors in deciding the sentence. Sanders was sentenced to death in 1982 for beating [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-four Danish citizens have brought suit against Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen [official profile], claiming his decision to go to war in Iraq violated Denmark's constitution. The plaintiffs allege that Rassmussen's decision to join the US-led coalition which invaded Iraq in 2003, was constitutionally improper on two grounds. [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC profile] asked a magistrate Tuesday to postpone the trial until Nov. 1 to allow for further investigation for possible additional charges. The prosecution also requested the case be moved to the High Court, but Zuma's [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] MSNBC is reporting that Microsoft [corporate website] and RealNetworks [corporate website] have settled Real's antitrust lawsuit [press release] against Microsoft for $761 million. AP has background on the settlement.4:04 PM ET - According to the settlement [press release], Microsoft will make a $460 million upfront cash payment and an [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile] is expected Tuesday to appeal an Ontario court's ruling that would allow his Canadian-based holding company Ravelston Corporation to face criminal fraud charges in the United States. Black's lawyers maintain that US courts do not have jurisdiction over Ravelston. They also argue [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Salem Chalabi, former head of the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) [official website; JURIST news archive] that will open the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] next week, has warned that a proposed bill to amend the tribunal's practices could actually weaken its power and limit international involvement. According [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari Tuesday in several cases where the Court will consider the extent of the federal government's power to regulate the development of wetlands. The Court agreed to hear three separate cases, all of which involve issues of whether federal laws that protect [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's defense ministry said Monday that the country is preparing prison facilities to hold detainees who are expected to be transferred from the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Defense ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said US and Afghan officials met Sunday to discuss the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations is expecting a large turn-out for Saturday's Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] referendum [IECI fact sheet, PDF], including in areas dominated by Sunni Arabs who have voiced opposition to the charter. The UN's top global election supervision official Carina Perelli said, "We are seeing a political [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia [JURIST news archive] moved the three masterminds behind the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] to a higher security jail Tuesday to wait out their time on death row, just one day before the third anniversary of the bombings. According to Bali Justice Ministry spokesman IG Rata, the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Abimael Guzman [MIPT profile], founder of Peru's Shining Path [BBC backgrounder] guerilla movement, told a Peruvian court Monday that he is not a terrorist, and instead labeled himself a "revolutionary combatant." Guzman is facing a retrial [JURIST report] on charges that he led a campaign of assassinations and massacres [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian police said Tuesday that they have arrested a man identified simply as "Hasan" in connection with the October 1 Bali bombings [BBC report], the first arrest in the case. Hasan shared a rented house in Bali with the three suicide bombers who blew themselves up as part of [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas State Library and Archives Commission [official website] made public Monday over 2,000 pages of official correspondence and personal notes from US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [official profile; JURIST news archive]. The documents, which cover 1995 to 2000, focus on Miers' tenure as chair of the Texas [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.