In an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday afternoon President Bush confirmed that he has nominated White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as US Attorney General. Initial word of the nomination came from White House sources talking to Associated Press this morning (see this previous report in JURIST's [...]

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Peter Henning, Wayne State University Law School: "On Tuesday, November 9, the jury in the Enron/Merrill Lynch trial concluded that the loss caused by the defendants' fraudulent misconduct was $13.7 million. A story in the Houston Chronicle (Nov. 10, 2004) reviews the jury's verdict. The government argued for a loss calculation of $43 million, and [...]

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Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law: "The SEC announced yesterday rulemaking initiatives aimed at so-called "self-regulatory organizations" such as stock exchanges. These include specific proposals to change the rules on ownership, governance, reporting and transparency by these organizations. The governance proposal would, consistent with many other SEC moves, require more independent directors. The [...]

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Jeff Cooper, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis: "According to John Ashcroft, "he objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved,". Well, I feel better. Actually, I do feel better knowing that Ashcroft will shortly be leaving DOJ. There may not have been a terrorist attack in the US [...]

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Douglas Berman, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University: "I suspect we will see stories in the days ahead about Ashcroft's legacy, and I suspect most of those stories will focus on the "war on terror."  However, from my sentencing-centric perspective, I think the Ashcroft Justice Department's perceived "war on judges" — represented most tangibly [...]

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A senior Islamic judge ruled on Wednesday that Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat's life support system must not be switched off. Arafat is currently clinging to life in a Paris hospital. Burial preparations have already begun. Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, chief Palestinian religious judge, arrived in Paris to rule on the treatment of Arafat. Sheikh Tamimi said [...]

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