Legal news from Tuesday, March 8, 2005
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] A bill that would make consumers satisfy a series of requirements before being permitted to cancel their debts through bankruptcy is close to passage in the US Senate. On Tuesday the Senate killed what some Republicans called a "poisoned pill" - a proposed Democratic amendment that would have prohibited [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Initial reactions by Senators on both sides of the aisle prompted speculation Tuesday that Monday's nomination [JURIST report] of Under-Secretary of State John Bolton to be the new US ambassador to the UN could be problematic, or at least controversial. Senior Democrats such as Senator Joseph Biden and former [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US has indicated in a Supreme Court filing that it has asked the state of Texas to rehear the cases of 51 Mexicans whose death sentences were recently deemed improper [ruling and case materials; JURIST report] by the International Court of Justice [official website] as the accused had [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senior Shiite political leaders said Tuesday that the trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity should get under way before any vote is taken on a new permanent constitution for Iraq. Muwafaq al-Rubaie, a national security advisor to the outgoing government of Interim Prime Minister [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] New York Deputy Attorney General Dietrich Snell, former senior counsel to the now-defunct 9/11 Commission, testified as anticipated [JURIST report] Tuesday before a German court retrying the case of Mounir el Motassadeq [BBC profile], a Moroccan accused of being an accomplice in the 9/11 attacks. Motassadeq was convicted in [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a split 84-34 vote that is being claimed as a symbolic victory for the Bush administration, the UN General Assembly Tuesday urged governments to enact a total ban on human cloning [UN news release], including the cloning of embryos for stem cell research. The US had worked with [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] While acknowledging that the March 4 incident was "accidental", Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini Tuesday disputed Washington's version of the events that led to the shooting death of an Italian intelligence officer and the wounding of a freed Iralian journalist [JURIST report] by US soldiers at a coalition checkpoint. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Registrar-General Len Cook [official profile] Tuesday dismissed 11 legal objections to the proposed civil marriage of Prince Charles [official profile] and Camilla Parker Bowles that had been filed in their home towns of Chippenham and Cirencester. The Registrar-General is responsible for the application of the Marriage Act 1949 [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Radical Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir [BBC profile] appealed the sentence of the South Jakarta Court Tuesday, following his conviction on conspiracy charges [JURIST report] last Thursday in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings. Wirawan Adnan, a member of Ba'asyir's defense team, filed the appeal and told reporters [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Vice Chairman Wang Zhaoguo [official profile] of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress [government website] formally presented the draft version of China's controversial anti-secession law to China's National People's Congress on Tuesday. The NPC, China's parliament, will consider the legislation this week, and is expected to approve [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A major international anti-terrorism summit opened Tuesday in Madrid as Spain prepared to mark the one-year anniversary on March 11 [Meet on March 11 commemorative website] of the Madrid train bombings {JURIST report], which killed 200 people and injured some 2000 more. Leaders in attendance at the International Summit [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] EU Enlargement Commissioner Gunther Verheugen [official profile] has warned Turkey not to pursue legislation currently before the Turkish Parliament [official website in Turkish] that would recriminalize adultery. Adultery had been struck down as a punishable crime by the Turkish Constitutional Court [official website] eight years ago as unfairly punishing [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Responding to a lawsuit filed Friday [JURIST report] in New York by survivors of the December 26 tsunami, a spokesman for the Thailand Foreign Ministry [official website] said Tuesday that his country rejected any legal liability arising from the disaster. "Thailand and its government agencies did not fail to [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US military spokesman has told the Associated Press that the US may pull its security detainees out of Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST Hot Topic news archive] due to the high number of insurgent attacks against the facility. The high-security prison, already notorious during the rule of Saddam [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Documents from investigations of alleged Iraqi prisoner abuses released by the US Army last week [JURIST report] pursuant to an ACLU FOIA suit and made public Monday include a report on a army sergeant who after reporting abuses of Iraqi prisoners by US personnel was ordered to undergo a [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj [official website, English version] has resigned after being indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. The indictment, anticipated yesterday [JURIST report] but still not formally announced by the court, is in [read more]

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