Legal news from Saturday, March 12, 2005
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The presidium of China's National People's Congress (NPC) [official website in Chinese] announced Saturday [Xinhua report] that the nation's legislators will vote Monday on the passing of the Anti-Secession Law [Chinese press backgrounder], aimed to foretall Taiwan's secession from China and to promote peaceful reunification and territorial integrity. The [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Brian Nichols, 33, who fled an Atlanta courthouse after Friday's fatal shootings of Judge Rowland Barnes and two others [JURIST report] was arrested Saturday, ending the largest manhunt in Georgia state history. Nichols was taken into custody in an apartment complex north of Atlanta, after a woman called authorities [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times reported Saturday that as-yet-unreleased investigative reports obtained by Human Rights Watch [official website] reveal that the 2002 deaths of two Afghan prisoners in US custody resulted from them being chained and beaten by American soldiers at Bagram Control Point [profile] near Kabul. In a closed [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) [official website] released a six-page order Friday evening suggesting that the Enron Corp. [official homepage] was engaging in illegal activity when it entered contracts with utility companies and cities during the energy crisis of 2000-01. The order marked the first time the commission [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] China's State Council Saturday approved the resignation [Xinhua report] of Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa, submitted earlier this week [JURIST report]. While Tung cited his failing health as his reason for resigning, some believe he was pushed out by the Chinese government for poor handling of the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke Saturday issued the first "control orders" limiting the movements of uncharged terror suspects under authority granted by the Prevention of Terrorism Act that was passed by Parliament [JURIST report] Friday. The orders were issued against a total of 10 suspects previously released on bail [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] At the instance of UK Members of Parliament, the Bar Council [professional website], the governing body for English barristers, is launching an independent inquiry into the legal advice that England's Attorney General provided to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003 on the legality of going to war with Iraq. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] announced Friday that the government will pay over $25 million to Holocaust survivors, settling a long term class action suit over the US Army's pilfering of the Hungarian Gold Train [Presidential Committee on Holocaust Assets report]. The train contained valuables belonging to [read more]

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