Legal news from Wednesday, February 26, 2003
21:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice announced Wednesday that, pursuant to a plea agreement with a defendant convicted of conspiring to import, market and sell circumvention devices known as modification (or "mod") chips in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it has seized his website which had formerly carried [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] In re: Boston Herald [opinion] (February 25, US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals [official website]). A panel of the Court ruled 2-1 that there is no right of access under either the First Amendment or the common law to documents submitted by a criminal defendant to show financial eligibility [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General John Ashcroft Wednesday announced indictments against four individuals who had illegally transferred to Iraq funds solicited in the name of the Help The Needy organization contrary to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The Attorney General said "As President Bush leads an international coalition to end Saddam [read more]

21:02 EDT

[JURIST] After passing the Arkansas Senate by 26-3, a bill that would have allowed federal judges, US bankruptcy judges and magistrate judges in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas to carry concealed handguns providing they had taken a handgun safety training course failed narrowly in the Arkansas House Wednesday [read more]

20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics [official website] issued its Final Report on Title IX Wednesday. Read a statement by Education Secretary Rod Paige and the full text of the report, entitled Open to All: Title IX at 30 [PDF text]. [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The President of the University of South Florida announced Wednesday that the University had fired Sami Al-Arian, a USF Professor of Computer Science who was recently indicted[PDF] on charges of supporting terrorists. Read the official statement by USF President July Genshaft, a memo to the USF community, and the [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] In handwritten pleadings unsealed Wednesday by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema and available here in scanned photos, suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui expressed a wish to torture Attorney General John Ashcroft [PDF] and asked for a larger cell to inspect discovery documents [PDF]. [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Statements and press releases reacting to Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling in Scheidler v. NOW [decision syllabus] (denying that abortion clinic protests are a form of extortion or racketeering) are now available from Operation Rescue [press release], the National Organization of Women [statement], Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Today Eric Muller [Is That Legal? blog] of the University North Carolina Law School is thinking about the apparently-forgotten prosecution of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. Lawrence Solum [Legal Theory Blog] of Loyola Law School Los Angeles reflects on procedural fairness and class actions in light of Dow Chemical v. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The American Lung Association Wednesday released its 2002 survey of State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI), detailing new state laws on smokefree air, youth access, tobacco taxes and public health spending. The survey is available online. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Department of Justice report issued Wednesday concludes that the US Immigration and Naturalization Service is "ineffective" at removing illegal aliens coming from states designated as sponsoring terrorist activity - including Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Sudan - who have been ordered removed from the US but who had [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] New and interesting papers available on SSRN Wednesday include:Economic Analysis of the General Structure of the Law [abstract]by Stephen Shavell [faculty profile] of Harvard Law School [official website].This is a chapter from Shavell's forthcoming book Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law (Harvard University Press, 2003). From the Abstract: "In [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Breaking news from DC Supreme Court litigators Goldstein & Howe: "Today the Court handed down the opinion in Scheidler v. NOW, No. 01-1118, reversing the Seventh Circuit opinion below [which had favored NOW]. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Rehnquist." The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law [official website] is being credited with filing two amicus briefs that helped Thomas Miller-El, a black Texas death row inmate, convince the US Supreme Court Tuesday that his claim of racial bias in the jury selection for his murder [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in Roell v. Withrow [US SC docket] (consent to assignment of jurisdiction - read backgrounders and predictions from DC appellate litigators Goldstein & Howe and Sam Heldman) and Dow Chemical Co. v. Stevenson [US SC docket] (Agent Orange liability - more from [read more]

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