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Legal news from Tuesday, September 26, 2006
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after US District Court Judge Kenneth Hoyt [official profile] reduced the 10 year prison term he accepted as part of his plea agreement [text, PDF] based on Fastow's [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former WorldCom [MCI/WorldCom website] CEO Bernard Ebbers [JURIST news archive] began his 25-year prison sentence [JURIST report] Tuesday in the Oakdale Correctional Complex [official website] federal prison in Louisiana. In July a federal appeals court affirmed [ruling, PDF] his securities fraud conviction [JURIST report] and rejected contentions that a [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two leaders of Colombia's notorious Cali Cartel [DEA backgrounder] drug ring pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela [BBC profile] were extradited [JURIST report] to the US from Colombia [JURIST news archive] in 2004 and 2005 respectively [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The head of an EU panel on Monday criticized a White House program that keeps track of international financial transactions, telling the New York Times that it may have no "legal basis under European law." Peter Schaar, head of the European Commission's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party [official [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] White House and Republican congressional negotiators decided over the weekend to move forward with a definitional change in proposed legislation [PDF text] on military commissions [JURIST news archive] that would broaden the meaning of "unlawful enemy combatant" and allow the detention and trial by commission of a larger spectrum [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in nine cases Tuesday less than a week ahead of the official opening of its 2006 Term on October 2. The grants were decided in the Court's long conference Monday following a summer break and were picked from a pool of [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A tentative agreement has been made on domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] legislation after Republican negotiators agreed to remove language that would have implicitly recognized the constitutionality of warrantless wiretapping from the National Security Surveillance Act of 2006 [S 3876 materials], GOP officials announced Monday. Senator Arlen Specter [official [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's new military leadership, which seized power [JURIST report] in a coup last week, said Tuesday that a temporary constitution has been drafted that appoints the military rulers as advisers to any interim government. Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin [BBC profile] said the document will be submitted to academics [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday stopped the sale [ruling, PDF; Earthjustice press release] of oil and gas rights on approximately 1.7 million acres of protected land on Alaska's North Slope, which the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official website] had planned for Wednesday to recover an estimated 2 billion [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was thrown out of court Tuesday for the third time [JURIST report] by new chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, who took over the genocide trial [JURIST news archive] after the former chief judge was removed by the Iraqi government [JURIST report] last week. Oreibi [read more]

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