Legal news from Saturday, March 26, 2005
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Citing lack of jursidiction, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected what is likely to be the last appeal from Terri Schiavo's parents in their efforts to have their daughter's feeding tube re-inserted. The ruling effectively upholds Judge George Greer's order from earlier this afternoon denying relief [JURIST report]. Read [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Court officials in Egypt have announced that opposition presidential candidate Ayman Nour will stand trial on charges of forgery in June. Prosecutors allege that Nour and six members of his Al Ghad Party forged nearly 1,500 signatures [JURIST report] to meet the number required to register his political party. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy announced Friday that a sailor who refused to report for duty in the Persian Gulf because of his opposition to the war in Iraq will face a special court-martial. Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo Paredes faces criminal charges of absence without leave and missing the movement [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Pinellas County circuit judge George Greer has denied the latest and perhaps last motion by the parents of Terri Schiavo to have their daughter's feeding tube re-inserted. Their motion late Friday [JURIST report] had been supported by an affidavit by one their lawyers claiming that Schiavo had tried [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Miami Herald reported Saturday that state agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [official website] were actually en route to Terri Schiavo's hospice Thursday to take custody of her and transfer her to a facility where her feeding tube might be reconnected, but turned back after local [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered Saturday in a massive rally and march through the streets of Taiwan's capital Taipei to voice their opposition to China's anti-secession law [text] authorizing the potential use of force against Taiwan in order to achieve Chinese re-unification. Taiwan president President Chen Shui-bian [official [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Army documents released Friday suggest that abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US military forces was more widespread than previously revealed. An Army investigative report from January 2004 reviewing events in 2003 concluded that at a detention facility near Mosul run by the 311th Military Intelligence Battalion [battalion history] [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for groups seeking to overturn California's new domestic partnership law [text; Lamda Legal factsheet] argued their case in a state court Friday. The law went into effect January 1 and gives gay couples who register as domestic partners nearly every spousal right granted under state law including automatic [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] NBC is reporting that in the face of last night's US Eleventh Circuit rejection [JURIST report] of their latest appeal of a lower court ruling refusing an injunction that would authorize re-insertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, lawyers for parents Bob and Mary Schindler have decided to abandon any [read more]

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