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Legal news from Tuesday, August 8, 2006
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Jersey [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion and syllabus text, PDF] 5-1 that the state's Charitable Immunity Act [text], which protects non-profit organizations from ordinary negligence claims, permits plaintiffs to sue non-profits on sex abuse claims stemming from willful, wanton or grossly negligent conduct. [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] approved a resolution Tuesday that encourages Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] to work more closely with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) [official website]. All 15 Security Council members voted for Resolution 1699 [press release and text], co-sponsored by the US, Britain and [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa's obstruction-of-justice trial began Tuesday, eight days after the charges were tentatively dropped [Financial Gazette report] because of alleged intimidation of magistrates by Security Minister Didymus Mutasa. Chinamasa is accused of pressuring witnesses not to testify about political violence linked to Mutasa before parliamentary elections [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay [JURIST news archive] will withdraw his name from the Texas ballot in this fall's congressional elections, a Republican strategist told AP on Tuesday. DeLay's move comes one day after US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [OYEZ profile] denied a request [JURIST reports] [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] declined Tuesday to review a US Department of Energy (DOE) [official website] proposal to move nuclear waste to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository [DOE materials] by rail, finding that some claims by the State of Nevada lacked merit [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Prosecutor General's Office [official website, in Russian] has begun a criminal investigation into possible fraud stemming from bankruptcy proceedings for Russian oil giant Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive], according to Tuesday reports from the Itar-Tass news agency. The investigation centers on allegations that former Yukos officials [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] are seeking jail terms of up to 15 years for four Islamist militants suspected in the 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report], which killed two dozen people. The trial of the four suspects began in May, and prosecutors on Tuesday said they want 15 [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration and the US Department of Homeland Security [official website] are considering plans to change some immigration rules for Cubans with relatives living in the United States in an effort to improve the immigration [JURIST news archive] process from the island, but may also refuse visa applications [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to a call by Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], thousands of the leftist's supporters gathered outside the Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] Monday night to protest the court's decision not to hold a full recount [JURIST report] of [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pfc. Justin Cross told a US military panel in Baghdad Tuesday that combat stress "crushed" troop morale in Mahmudiya [JURIST news archive], the area where four soldiers and one former soldier allegedly raped a 14-year old Iraqi girl and killed the girl and her family on March 12, because [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) [advocacy website] on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Illinois, seeking to overturn the state's Act to End Atrocities and Terrorism in the Sudan [text]. The Illinois law bars state pension funds from investing in companies or financial institutions that [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean Judge Jorge Zepeda asked the Santiago Court of Appeals [Chilean judiciary website] on Monday to strip former dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive] of immunity in a case involving the disappearance of Antonio Llido, a Spanish priest who was a member of a socialist group opposing Pinochet's regime. [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] said Monday that it will not appeal a federal appeals court decision [PDF text] that invalidated an SEC rule [PDF text] regulating hedge funds, opting instead to focus on drafting new rules and staff guidance for the hedge fund industry. In [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile; JURIST news archive] said in a report Monday that Israel's July 30 air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana [JURIST report] may be part of "a pattern of violations of international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Aziz Dweik [official profile, in Arabic; JMCC profile], the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website, in Arabic; Wikipedia backgrounder], was taken to the hospital Monday for chest pains and breathing problems, which his spokesman claims are due to beatings by prison guards after his arrest [JURIST report] [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin [official website] Monday announced an overhaul of the criminal justice system in the city which was severely affected [PBS report] by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] last year. Prosecutors from a neighboring parish in Louisiana have volunteered to help the New Orleans district attorney's [read more]

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