Legal news from Tuesday, March 22, 2005
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Gregory Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, told reporters late Tuesday afternoon that he had electronically filed two more reply briefs with the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, but he did not know when the court would rule on the case. A three-judge panel is generally expected [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Justice Department and tobacco industry representatives have begun settlement negotiations in the government's racketeering case [DOJ case backgrounder] against the industry, an anonymous source involved with the case said Tuesday. The two sides have met at least once with a court-appointed mediator, but both are under court orders [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] In issuing new mercury emissions regulations [JURIST report] last week, the Environmental Protection Agency [official website] failed to include conflicting data from a study sponsored by the agency, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. EPA officials emphasized that the mercury regulations could not be more stringent because the costs to [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that Syria will completely withdraw its military forces from Lebanon. Last week, Annan had demanded a withdraw [JURIST report] in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1559 [text]. AP has more. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A UK court on Tuesday granted Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] more time to decide on a US request to extradite three British bankers indicted on fraud charges stemming from the Enron scandal. A court ruled last fall that the three, Gary Mulgrew, David Bermingham and Gile Darby, [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The parents of Terri Schiavo have filed a full appeal with the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website], urging the court to act because Schiavo is "fading quickly." The parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, filed an emergency appeal Tuesday morning after a US district judge refused to [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Embattled Russian oil company Yukos [official website; JURIST Hot Topic archive] reported Tuesday that it will drop its appeals for bankruptcy protection in US courts, and instead pursue other options in an attempt to keep the company from breaking up. A US district judge had refused [JURIST report] last [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed suit Tuesday against internet phone provider Vonage [official site], alleging that the service does not adequately warn customers about problems they have in trying to call 911. Vonage does not route 911 calls in the usual manner. Most calls wind up at the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US government filed a motion [PDF text] Tuesday asking the judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui case [JURIST Newsmaker news archive] to set a trial date in October. District Judge Leonie Brinkema had stayed legal proceedings pending the Supreme Court's consideration of a petition for certiorari regarding whether US [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled in three cases Tuesday, all on appeal from the Ninth Circuit. In Muehler v. Mena [case backgrounder from Duke Law School] the Court ruled unanimously that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment rights of a suspect when they detained her in handcuffs while [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Democratic Republic of Congo [BBC News country profile] leaders on Tuesday announced that several senior militia leaders had been arrested, with other reports indicating that top leader Thomas Lubanga was among them. The leaders were arrested on Saturday, although no report was made until today. Efforts to halt militia [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST]Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] American International Group Inc. (AIG) [corporate website] has fired CFO Howard I. Smith and a vice president Christian M. Milton after the executives indicated they would invoke the Fifth Amendment [text] with regulators over the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Commission [official website] by UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene has called on Germany and the EU to increase efforts to ban political groups based on racist, xenophobic, or hate policies. Diene cited the recent increase in popular [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan's State Security Court [government website] on Tuesday convicted three Iraqis for smuggling weapons into the country as part of a plan to attack US and Israeli targets. The three were charged with importing weapons including grenades, rockets and automatic rifles. They escaped a death sentence after the court [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A jury has delivered a $90 million verdict against Clear Channel Communications [corporate website] for interfering with another promoter's attempts to host motorcycle racing events in Chicago. The verdict, handed down Monday, rejected an antitrust claim against Clear Channel, but jurors found that Clear Channel interfered with JamSports' negotiations [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] FBI agents at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic archive] concluded the military's aggressive interrogation policy yielded intelligence that was "suspect at best," according to a newly released FBI document [text, PDF]. The report on Gitmo interrogations comes from an internal FBI [JURIST Hot Topic archive] e-mail from May 10, [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Several Indonesian human rights groups have criticized the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz [official profile] for the World Bank [official website] presidency, citing his failure to oppose the Suharto dictatorship during his ambassadorship in Indonesia in the 1980s. The Indonesian National Human Rights Commission [advocacy website in Indonesian] and the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan election officials certified parliamentary election results Tuesday, despite ongoing fierce protests and international criticism. The election commission published results for 69 of 75 parliamentary seats up for election in February, with President Askar Akayev's supporters overwhelmingly beating opposition candidates. Protests in the south have turned violent, with opposition [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors on Tuesday charged presidential candidate Ayman Nour with forging signatures to obtain recognition for his party, Al-Ghad. The charges come several months after Nour was arrested, a move that drew intense international criticism. Nour, an ardent supporter of multi-candidate elections in Egypt [JURIST Country news archive], was [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Constitutional Affairs Secretary and Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile] Monday unveiled a British government plan to strip the legal profession of its right to regulate itself, saying that the current system for handling complaints lacks transparency and gives the impression of self-interest. Falconer's proposals follow public consultations [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Reaction to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's In Larger Freedom report [official text; JURIST report] outlining his plans to reform the UN has been mixed. Annan is calling for an expanded Security Council membership, the establishment of a new Human Rights Council to replace the current Commission on Human Rights, [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] CBS WTSP-TV 10 in Tampa is reporting that US District Judge James Whittemore has refused to order the re-insertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, saying that the brain-damaged Florida woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments.7:40 AM ET [read more]

00:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 22.The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first case, Tory v. Cochran [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], [read more]

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