Legal news from Friday, March 25, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has for a second time in three days rejected an appeal from Terri Schiavo's parents to have her feeding tube re-inserted pending federal review of her case. The ruling this time was unanimous; in a separate [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a startling turn of events in the Schiavo case that could be taken as either revelation or desperation, attorneys for Terri Schiavo's parents argued at a late Friday emergency hearing by telephone with a Florida circuit court judge that she told them last Friday - after her feeding [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] Friday upheld a state law which requires mandatory blood testing of newborn infants. The opinion [PDF text] rejected an appeal brought by a fundamental Christian couple, Josue and Mary Anaya. The Anayas argued that the test infringed their religious beliefs and might shorten [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Yahoo! Inc. [official website] have appeared before the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking legal protection for US Internet portals displaying content which is illegal in foreign countries, but is domestically protected by the First Amendment [text]. The hearing, held Thursday before an 11-judge panel, concerned [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker will co-chair the newly-formed Commission on Federal Election Reform [AU press release], a private, bipartisan panel whose members include former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, former House Minority Leader Bob Michel, and former US Representatives Lee Hamilton and [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Washington's Supreme Court has ruled that a businessman cannot sue a TV reporter for defamation simply for omitting facts from a news report that could have made the plaintiff look better. KXLY-TV [media website] in Spokane, Washington ran a report in 1998 about the prosecution of man with Down's [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] released its annual report on human rights Friday, accusing the US of committing "grave violations of human rights" against prisoners in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], Afghanistan and Iraq. The committee has recommended that the British government "make it clear to [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Terri Schiavo's parents have now filed arguments in their appeal of this morning's federal district court denial of their second emergency request [JURIST report] to reconnect their daughter's feeding tube. In court papers they have told the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that their [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Results of a French poll to be published in Saturday's Marianne magazine [media website] show that 55% of French voters intend to vote against approving the European constitution [official website; treaty text]. This is the third survey in recent weeks that indicate that French voters could reject the EU [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's international brief, Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro [official profile] told a press conference Thursday that despite a harshly worded 'letter to the people' [official text] released by South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun [official profile] Wednesday, Japan would not respond aggressively to the current dispute over the ownership [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush signed SB 384 [bill summary] into law Friday, extending the existence of the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group [official website] by two years, through March 27, 2007. The panel was established under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998 [PDF [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French court Friday ordered former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] prisoner Ridouane Khalid jailed, and former Gitmo detainee Khaled ben Mustafa, who was already in custody, to remain behind bars. Both men were detained at the US military prison since 2002 until their transfer to France earlier this [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] has announed that it has reopened an investigation into the death of Mohammad Munim al-Izmerly, an Iraqi scientist who died after 10 months in US custody. Al-Izmerly was alleged to have experimented with the use of poisons on prisoners during Saddam Hussein's regime. When [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website], the state's highest court, ruled Thursday that the New York City Fire Department [official website] must release portions of audiotapes and transcripts from 911 calls related to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Specifically, it held that the Fire Department must release the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council Thursday unanimously voted to send over 10,000 peacekeepers to Sudan [JURIST news archive] in an effort to monitor a peace deal [JURIST report] intended to end a 21-year civil war. The resolution sidesteps issues regarding sanctions for war crimes in the country's Darfur region. In [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Whittemore has denied a second emergency request from Terri Schiavo's parents to reconnect the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube. Whittemore denied a first request on Tuesday [JURIST report; PDF ruling], but after that was unsuccessfully appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court [JURIST report] [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 Friday, March 25.Today is Good Friday, and most UN, EU and many US government offices and courts are closed for the holiday.The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April [read more]

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