Legal news from Thursday, November 4, 2004
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Senior UN official Jan Pronk told the UN Security Council Thursday that unless African Union troops enter the Sudan's Darfur region soon, the entire region might fall into anarchy. Pronk, the UN envoy for Darfur, said that rebels were gaining territory and the whole region may soon see "a [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Hollywood studio officials said Thursday that they will begin to file hundreds of lawsuits against individuals who file share pirated movies over the internet. According to MPAA head Dan Glickman, the decision to file lawsuits was not easy, but he hopes a preemptive strike will prevent online file sharing [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] A man once ranked as the eighth-most prolific spammer in the world by Internet watchdog Spamhaus has been sentenced to nine years in a Virginia prison for sending hundreds of thousands of unwanted e-mail messages. Jeremy Jaynes, the first person indicted under Virginia's felony anti-spam law, had been charged [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] One North Carolina electronic voting machine is thought to have lost more than 4,500 votes, which could affect the result in several local races; election officials have said that the manufacturer, UniLect, told them that each machine could handle 10,500 votes, but the actual storage capacity was closer to [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Senior aides said today that controversial Attorney General John Ashcroft was likely to step down before January's inauguration, citing exhaustion and stress. Possible replacements include Ashcroft's former deputy, Larry Thompson, who would become the first African-American attorney general; Marc Racicot, Bush's campaign manager; and White House general counsel Alberto [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of Tuesday's election, which saw 11 states ban gay marriage, two Oklahoma lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging both their state's ban and the federal Defense of Marriage act. The plaintiffs--one couple that has cohabited for eight years and another that was joined in [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Republican lawmaker expected to head the Senate Judiciary Committee early next year has issued a stern warning to President Bush against appointing Supreme Court justices who would seek to overturn abortion rights, or who are otherwise too conservative to sit on the high court. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan's High Court ended seven months of debate and controversy Thursday by refusing to nullify the country's March presidential election, rejecting opposition claims of fraud and complaints about a shooting that injured President Chen Shui-bian just one day before his narrow victory. The investigations associated with the challenge placed [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] CBC News is reporting that, according to reports on Israeli television, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has died in Paris. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the succession process detailed in the Palestinian Constitution.UPDATE: According to the latest updates from Haaertz, the spokesman from the French hospital where Arafat has [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is on trial for last year's hotel bombing in Bali, has called his trial a joke Thursday, saying that the US and Australia are masterminding his trial. Bashir, who is alleged to be the spiritual leader of militant Islamic network Jemaah Islamiah, faces [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for convicted DC sniper John Allen Muhammad have told the Virginia Supreme Court that Muhammad cannot be sentenced to death because he did not pull the trigger in the 2002 killings. As reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Muhammad received the death penalty after being convicted of two counts [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court is considering whether to restore a $145 billion class action verdict awarded to sick Florida smokers in their suit against the tobacco industry. After the two-year trial, Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that its early certification of the case as a class action on [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Elections officials will begin counting provisional ballots Thursday in Ohio and around the country. Due to John Kerry's concession speech Wednesday (reported here on JURIST's Paper Chase) and President Bush's acceptance speech (text from the White House), the ballots will not impact the presidential election, but could still affect [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 Thursday, Nov. 4.C-SPAN's Washington Journal takes a look at how President Bush's election victory could shape the Supreme Court over his next term. Watch a live webcast beginning at 7:45 AM ET (via C-SPAN).The [read more]

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