In Thursday's international brief, West African regional organization ECOWAS has refused to recognize Faure Gnassingbe as the legitimate leader of Togo and threatened sanctions against the country unless it returned to its prior constitutional process. The Togo National Assembly changed the country's constitution on Sunday to permit Fuare Gnassingbe , son of former president Gnassingbe [...]
In what is to be New England's first execution in 45 years, a Connecticut judge has set a new May 11 execution date for convicted killer Michael Ross and appointed a special counsel to investigate claims by Ross' lawyer and family that Ross is incompetent to waive his remaining his appeals, thus expediting his execution. [...]
S 5, Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, passed by the US Senate February 10, 2005. Read the full text of the bill. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.
HR 418, the REAL ID Act of 2005, passed by the US Houes of Representatives, February 10, 2005 . Read the GPO text of the bill as introduced in the House. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.
Staff Report on the Four Flights and Civil Aviation Security, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, declassified February 10, 2005 . Read the full text of the Report here . Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.
AP is reporting that civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart has been convicted of helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers. 3:45 PM ET – After 13 days of deliberation, a jury has convicted Stewart on charges of conspiracy, giving material support to terrorists and defrauding the US government for smuggling messages of [...]
AP is reporting that the US Senate has approved the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 , which will limit class action lawsuits. 3:54 PM ET – The Senate passed the bill, which will require multistate class action lawsuits to be brought in federal court, by a 72-26 vote. The House is expected to consider [...]
Ruling by the German Federal Prosecutor, February 10, 2005 . Read the press release on the ruling in German. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.
The UK House of Lords Thursday granted the request of film director Roman Polanski that he be allowed to pursue a libel suit via video tape. Polanski is suing Vanity Fair magazine for libel in the UK, but doesn't want to travel to Britain for fear of being extradited to the US, where he is [...]
AP is reporting that the US House has approved the REAL ID Act , legislation aimed at preventing entry by terrorists into the country. The act sets regulations for the use of state driver's licenses by immigrants and facilitates deportation procedures. The White House gave approval to the legislation earlier Thursday. Read more about H.R.418 [...]