Legal news from Friday, March 11, 2005
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled Friday that Apple Computer [corporate website] could subpoena the e-mail records of the PowerPage Macintosh enthusiast website. Apple has been engaged in legal actions [JURIST report] against PowerPage and other Mac fan sites alleging that they published trade secrets about [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Justice report released Friday described allegations of mistreatment of Muslim prisoners at several US federal prisons and documented one instance where a warden and guards discriminated and retaliated against Muslim inmates who had complained. The allegations and findings were contained in a regular semi-annual report [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Polish authorities have arrested five officers, including a colonel and two majors, for allegedly accepting bribes from both US and Iraqi companies while serving in Iraq. Officials from the Polish Defense Ministry [official website in Polish] claimed that two of the officers were caught red-handed in a Polish airport [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] With a political compromise over the controversial UK Prevention of Terrorism Bill accepted [JURIST report], the House of Lords approved the latest Commons version of the anti-terror legislation early Friday evening London time, ending the deadlock between the two houses and opening the way for formal royal assent later [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Conservative leader Michael Howard has said he has accepted a compromise offer by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair that would likely push through contentious anti-terror legislation that had the Commons and Lords locked in back-and-forth debate [JURIST report] Thursday night through Friday morning. Under the offer, Blair promised to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Cambodian military court charged two Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia article] leaders with war crimes Friday to prevent the two from being released before a UN-backed tribunal [JURIST report] is set up to try them. Court director Ney Thol said that additional violations by the two former leaders came to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal Friday released former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and 17 others held since King Gyanendra [BBC News profile] dismissed the elected government and seized power on Feb. 1 [JURIST report]. Several other leaders still remain under house arrest, including Nepal's first elected prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, and [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni sheik and his assistant were convicted Thursday on terror-funding charges, bringing to a close a convoluted three-year case that saw the FBI's star witness set himself on fire [JURIST report] in front of the White House in an attempt to gain more concessions from the FBI. Sheik [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The latest US Defense Department documents obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit [ACLU materials] against the US goverment indicate that the US held children under 12 at the prison as well as women, at least one of whom, then aged 17, was sexually molested [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] finalized Friday a new rule that will cap sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions in the eastern half of the country and require reductions to meet those limits. The Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) [regulatory information including text] will cut emissions of the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 [THOMAS bill summary and text] is expected to move to the House next week after winning Senate approval [JURIST report] Thursday. The bill, long lobbied for by credit card companies, makes it harder for those in debt to file [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French national transferred from Guantanamo Bay to France earlier this week has been released by the French government, his lawyer reported. Mustaq Ali Patel, one of the last three French nationals transferred from Guantanamo on Monday [JURIST report], was released after being held by French authorities for 48 [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a UK judge has granted bail for eight foreign men held without charge on terrorism suspicions. The release comes as British lawmakers engaged in a heated debate [JURIST report] over proposed anti-terror legislation in a rush to replace the existing laws, which are to lapse [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bundestag [official website in German], the German lower house of parliament, Friday approved a ban on marches by right-wing neo-Nazi groups at Holocaust memorial sites as fears increased that such marches would disrupt upcoming 60th anniversary observances of the end of World World II. The legislation could also [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese plaintiffs have condemned a US district judge's dismissal [JURIST report] of their class action against Agent Orange manufacturers for alleged harms since the defoliant was used by the US military. The lawsuit against Dow Chemical and Monsanto among others had gained incredible momentum in Vietnam, where 11.5 million [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities are reporting that several people were shot shortly after 9 AM ET at the Fulton County Court [official website] in Atlanta, GA. The District Attorney's office confirmed the shooting, but few details were released. Early media reports said a judge was among those shot, and the suspect escaped [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon wants to cut in half the number of detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay by tranferring many prisoners out of the country to facilities in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen, according to a report published in Friday's New York Times. According to unidentified officials, the plan, first [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Skeptics on and off Capitol Hill Thursday assailed a new report on military interrogation practices authored by US Navy chief of staff and former Inspector General Admiral Albert T. Church that effectively concluded that the Pentagon's civilian and military leadership was not to blame for abuses of prisoners by [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A proposed anti-terror law pitted the UK House of Lords and House of Commons against each other in a ferocious debate Thursday night and Friday morning as amended and re-amended versions of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill [official text of legislation as introduced] bounced between the two chambers and [read more]

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