A federal judge has refused to overturn the fraud and conspiracy convictions of Adelphia Communications founder and former chairman John Rigas and former CFO Timothy Rigas. The pair were convicted of one count of conspiracy, 15 counts of securities fraud, and two counts of bank fraud for looting the company and lying about its finances. [...]

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has released a report on US Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales concluding that while he recognizes First Amendment interests in newsgathering and reporting, his record as a Texas Supreme Court judge and as White House counsel advising the President on such matters as Presidential papers, the Cheney [...]

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Peter Henning, Wayne State University School: "The Subcommittee on Financial Management, the Budget, and International Security of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a hearing today (Nov. 16) on the state of the insurance industry in light of the various investigations of industry practices that have been the subject of two lawsuits filed [...]

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Ian Solomon, Yale Law School: "Could we have been so naive? Thousands of the country's most credentialed lawyers flocked to Florida to guarantee a fair election. Did we inadvertently miss an election debacle even greater than that of 2000 and negligently allow our client to concede? I am a Kerry supporter and a Bush critic. [...]

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A group of dissident PeopleSoft shareholders have asked a Delaware judge to order PeopleSoft's board to negotiate with Oracle, the rival software maker trying to acquire PeopleSoft, according to a Tuesday Wall Street Journal report. The shareholders have asked Vice Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. to reopen a lawsuit against PeopleSoft and to order the PeopleSoft [...]

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A group of five prisoners who were held in special segregation units in Scottish jails is suing the Scottish Prison Service. The segregation units are used to hold prisoners that cause problems within the mainstream jail. The group's lawyer will argue in a hearing Tuesday that being kept in the segregation units, where the prisoners [...]

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Franco Frattini (profile from BBC News), the new Italian nominee for the EU Justice, Freedom and Security portfolio, faced his second day of hearings before European Parliament committees Tuesday. As reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Frattini was named to the slate of incoming European Commissioners when controversial nominee Rocco Buttiglione withdrew his name after receiving [...]

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