Legal news from Friday, November 19, 2004
21:11 EDT

[JURIST] Secretary General Kofi Annan admitted Friday that a "small number" of UN civilian and military personnel had committed "gross misconduct" by sexually exploiting refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He expressed outrage at their actions and said the perpetrators must be held accountable. This statement comes after a [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in California has found an 86-year-old man guilty of "sex tourism," specifically traveling to the Philippines to sexually molest girls in violation of a new federal law aimed at protecting children. John W. Seljan was the first to go on trial under the Protect Act (Prosecuting Remedies [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals issued a ruling Friday denying a rehearing for Bobby Frank Cherry, a former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in 2002 of the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. The bomb killed four black girls. The ruling came one day after [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a story reported this morning in JURIST's Paper Chase, a spokesperson for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez claimed Friday that Venezuelan exiles in the US were behind the assassination of a top prosecutor, Danilo Anderson, in a car bomb attack Thursday. Chavez accused the terrorists of training for the [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN staff union passed a resolution late Friday critical of the UN's senior management in the wake of allegations of fraud and corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program and several supposed incidents of sexual harassment and favoritism. An earlier draft of the resolution was sharper and had expressed [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, USDA Forest Service chief Dale Bosworth has affirmed the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA), a plan that regulates the 11 national forests that run along the Sierra Nevada mountains in California and Nevada. Originally proposed in 1994, the plan has undergone a few [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] By a voice vote Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a Senate bill that reinstates until 2007 a ban on all state and local taxes aimed at monthly usage fees paid by customers to Internet service providers. President Bush is expected to sign the bill. While opponents argued [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ray Brent Marsh, a former operator of Georgia's Tri-State Crematory, pleaded guilty Friday to 787 criminal counts including theft, abuse of a corpse, burial service fraud and making false statements. In 2002, an anonymous tip led law enforcement authorities to find over 300 dumped bodies in the woods and [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following Senate approval on Wednesday, and Thursday's 208-204 vote in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, President Bush Friday signed a bill to increase the public debt limit of the United States by $800 billion. The debt allowance increase, President Bush's third in the past three years, was explained by [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pro-foxhunting groups are challenging the Hunting Bill 2004 which received Royal Assent Friday one day after the British government invoked the authority of the Parliament Act 1949 and passed it without the approval of the House of Lords. The groups have filed papers with the High Court in London [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's corporations and securities law news, Oracle will win its hostile takeover fight for PeopleSoft because it has support from a majority of PeopleSoft shareholders, according to sources close to the situation. The battle is nonetheless likely to stretch into the spring, when PeopleSoft will hold its next [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Officials at HMP Manchester at Strangeways announced Friday that a clerical error resulted in accused murderer Bobby Phipps being released 4 days after he was remanded for trial. Phipps was set free Monday and wasn't discovered as missing until Thursday, the day before his scheduled appearance before Manchester Crown [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada Friday ruled that government of British Columbia may decide whether to provide funding for the treatment of autistic children, overturning two lower court rulings that the funding was required. Parents of autistic children had argued that the government was required to provide the treatment [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A high court judge in Sri Lanka and his bodyguard were shot and killed Friday by an unknown gunman. The judge, Sarath Ambepitiya, was returning to his home when he was shot, but a motive was not yet clear for the killing. Ambepitiya was known for issuing long sentences, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy has announced that on Monday an unnamed SEAL lieutenant will face an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury, on charges that his abuse of an Iraqi prisoner lead to the prisoner's death. The prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi, was captured and held at Abu [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Texas man for the second time in five months. Troy Kunkle was convicted of murder for the 1984 killing of man during an armed robbery. Prior to his scheduled execution in July of 2004, citizens opposed to Kunkle's execution [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian officials have requested the release of five Egyptian Guantanamo Bay prisoners after the US government placed them in the "least dangerous" category of detention. The US State Department says it will soon explain the procedures for release to the Egyptian government. This is the first time Egypt has [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Senior officials from Iraq's political parties have called for a two or three month delay of the country's planned January election, citing ongoing violence. During a one-day summit in Northern Iraq Thursday, Ibrahim al-Janabi, aide to Iraq interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, said it is not likely the security [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan government is investigating a car bomb that exploded in a suburb of Caracas, killing the driver, believed to be a senior government prosecutor who was investigating opposition groups allegedly involved in a 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez. The Government of Venezuela website has more in Spanish. [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese government officials and rebel representatives have signed a pledge to end the country's 21-year-old civil war by the end of the year. The pledge follows a concentrated push by the international community to see the resolution of the conflict, including a rare meeting of the UN Security Council [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two immigration reform groups filed suit in an Arizona state court Thursday seeking to expand the effect of Proposition 200 [PDF], a state ballot initiative approved by voters earlier this month that would deny certain government benefits to undocumented immigrants. The Proposition requires proof of citizenship before someone in [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations ended a long-running debate Thursday by deciding not to draft a treaty that would ban all human cloning. President Bush, along with Costa Rica, supported the total ban, while other countries have been pushing for a treaty that would allow cloning for research purposes, including stem [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 Friday, November 19.On Capitol Hill, the US House will meet at 9 AM ET. Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM ET and will resume consideration of [read more]

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