Legal news from Thursday, January 20, 2005
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Creating a political dustup just 10 days before the Iraq's first democratic elections, the spokesman and vice-president of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website; English version] refused to resign Thursday despite a board vote to eliminate his job in the name of transparency and the preservation of [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] A week after the United States agreed to release [JURIST report] accused terrorist Mamdouh Habib [ profile] to his native Australia, the Guantanamo Bay detainee's return home is now being delayed by logistical problems centered on the US government's refusal to allow Habib to travel unshackled over US airspace. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Indiana Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Thursday that the state's constitution does not require governmental recognition of same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three same sex couples who argued that law was unconstitutional because it limited the choices of homosexuals. In its opinion [text], [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court said Thursday that a judge who has been investigating allegations of tax fraud against former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC News profile; JURIST Newsmaker] can begin an international search for secret bank accounts belonging to Pinochet. Judge Sergio Munoz is investigating Pinochet's finances and is looking into [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities brief, US District Court Judge Sim Lake has decided against former top Enron [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic] executives Ken Lay [wikipedia profile], Jeff Skilling [wikipedia profile], and Rick Causey in their attempt to move their trial outside of Houston. Skilling and Causey both [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Capitol Hill sources indicate some Senate Democrats will attempt to delay the vote on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice [White House biography] as secretary of state. The Senate reconvenes Thursday at 3 PM ET to debate the nomination. Aides said Democrats Barbara Boxer [official website] of California and Robert [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] California officials lied to the US Supreme Court [official website] about racial segregation in the state's prisons, according to state prison guards and inmates quoted in the Wednesday edition of the Riverside Press-Enterprise. According to the newspaper, one correctional officer filed a whistleblower complaint with the state auditor over [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William Rehnquist, not seen at public events since mid-October, looked frail at Thursday's inaugural but administered the presidential oath in a strong voice without need of any assistance. Rehnquist, 80 and ailing after undergoing treatment for throat cancer this fall, arrived on the podium wearing a cap [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush said achieving freedom throughout the world was "the urgent requirement of our nation's security, and the calling of our time," after he took the oath of office just before 12 Noon ET Thursday. The swearing in was the 55th presidential inauguration [official website] in US history. President [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST Hot Topic] is set to begin trials for 17 suspects charged for alleged roles in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, according to prosecutor Hassan Jallow. The new trials will proceed alongside 25 cases already being tried. Jallow said investigations had [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Defense Department has announced that a third detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] will be released after a Combatant Status Review Tribunal [official website] determined he was not an enemy combatant. The Defense Department said Wednesday the tribunals had recently conducted 87 status review proceedings, only changing [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, Savo Todovic, former deputy commander of the Serb-run Foca concentration camp [University of the West of England backgrounder], was officially charged at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [ICTY official website] on Wednesday. The indictment [official text in French] alleges a combination of [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko [BBC profile; official campaign website in Ukrainian] will be sworn in as the new Ukrainian president at noon on Sunday. The Ukrainian Parliament voted to approve a Sunday ceremony after the country's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile], [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A UK government spokesman announced Thursday that the court-martial [JURIST report] of three British soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi civilians has been "halted" at the request of the defense. The soldiers, from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers [official website], are accused of using civilians to simulate sex and violence. [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pre-trial motions in a lawsuit brought by Washington Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi [official website] contesting the 129-vote victory of Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire [official website] in a hand recount begin Thursday. The case, which gets under way in heavily Republican Chelan County, will most likely reach the state [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William Rehnquist [JURIST Newsmaker] will swear in President Bush for his second term at Noon Thursday during the 55th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony [official website]. Rehnquist, battling thyroid cancer since October, has missed Supreme Court sessions for the past three months while receiving chemotherapy and radiation. Chief Justices, [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, Jan. 20.The 55th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony [official website] will be held today, beginning at 11:30 AM ET as Vice President Dick Cheney takes the oath of office. President Bush will be sworn in [read more]

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