Legal news from Monday, November 1, 2004
23:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following up a story reported earlier this evening in JURIST's Paper Chase, a judge in Florida has dismissed a Republican attempt to force the election supervisor in Florida's heavily-Democratic Broward County to update a list of early voters. The GOP plaintiffs had alleged that a non-updated list could allow [read more]

21:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Ohio Attorney General has filed motions in the Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a last-minute stay of two federal court orders handed down Monday morning barring partisan challengers from the polls (see JURIST reports here and here). Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law has the [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Republican Party of Florida has sued to enjoin the Broward County Florida election supervisor to update the list of early voters in the heavily Democratic county. The list being given to local precincts had been updated as of Sunday, and the Republicans are concerned [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's corporations and securities law news, Oracle Corp. announced it was boosting its hostile bid for PeopleSoft to $9.2 billion. Oracle raised its offer after the EU approved its bid believing PeopleSoft will remove the remaining barriers to a deal. Read the Oracle press release here. Read a [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The upper house of Pakistan's parliament passed a bill today which allows Pervez Musharraf to remain as both the country's president and army chief until 2007. The lower house had already passed a similar version of the bill. Musharraf had pledged to step down as army chief by the [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for two detainees in Guantanamo Bay have challenged the government's ability to hold trials by a special military commission. A three-member military panel sitting at Guantanamo is hearing a series of motions today disputing the charges and the three-year detention of the detainees. The defense contends the [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] As the final hours of campaigning wind down, JURIST is completing preparations for an unprecedented "all nighter" as our law faculty and law student staff gears up for continuous coverage of returns and legal developments relating to the vote, beginning at 6 PM ET Tuesday. For unique legally-oriented live [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Challenging a state Board of Elections decision that it claims could void hundreds of provisional ballots cast on Election Day, the ACLU of Rhode Island filed an emergency lawsuit against the state on Monday. The ACLU claims that the Board of Elections has decided to not count provisional ballots [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Despite speculation that he would soon announce his retirement because of persistent criticism of his views, UK Lord Chief Judge Lord Woolf has announced that he will not step down as planned in 2004, but rather will stay in his position for the government's constitutional reforms. Some of the [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian officials demanded $10 billion more in back taxes from troubled oil giant Yukos on Monday. Yukos, Russia's top oil producer with over 1 million barrels per day, is expected to sell its main unit, Yuganskneftegaz, on Monday. Analysts say that this unit could be purchased by the state, [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Closing arguments begin Monday in the much-publicized murder trial of Scott Peterson. The prosecution plans to focus on the pressures of debt, fatherhood, and an extra-marital affair which allegedly led to the murders of Laci Peterson and her baby, Conner. The defense will give its 2-3 hour closing argument [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The 12-person jury in the first Enron criminal trial returned to work Monday and began the task of sorting through stacks of e-mails, business papers, and six weeks of testimony. The Houston-area jury had begun to deliberate last week, but only managed to get in a few hours before [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in its review of a lower court ruling throwing out a $145 billion jury verdict against the tobacco industry. The state Supreme Court will also consider a ruling allowing Florida smokers to sue as one. The court has not said why it [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Castle Rock v. Gonzales, where the court will decide whether local governments can be sued for failing to enforce restraining orders. Jessica Gonzales is suing the Colorado city of Castle Rock for failing to enforce a restraining order against her estranged [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William Rehnquist was absent from Monday's US Supreme Court session, saying that he will follow his doctors' advice and continue to recuperate from last week's surgery at home. Rehnquist also disclosed Monday that he is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for thyroid cancer, but said that he will [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] As reported earlier this morning on JURIST's Paper Chase, US District Judge Susan Dlott (in the Southern District of Ohio) has ruled that partisan voter challenges in Ohio's Hamilton County are unconstitutional. Read the ruling [PDF] and an analysis of the decision from Moritz College of Law. The Ohio [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Susan Dlott ruled Monday morning that partisan voter challengers at Ohio's polling places are unconstitutional. Dlott's ruling comes in a lawsuit seeking to remove challengers from polling places on the grounds that Republicans have discriminated against African-Americans by challenging new voter registrations in predominately black precincts. [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic (BBC profile here) was awarded the right to run his own legal defense Monday by the Appellate Division of the International Criminal Tribunal for ther Former Yugoslavia. Milosevic's failing health had resulted in that right being revoked on the grounds that he lacked competency [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Nov. 1.The US Supreme Court resumes hearing arguments today, with oral arguments in the consolidated cases of CIR v. Banks and CIR v. Banaitis (case summary from Duke Law School) scheduled for 10 [read more]

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