Legal news from Wednesday, March 30, 2005
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Connecticut House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted down legislation that would have eliminated the death penalty in the state. Legislators opposed the bill [text] by a 89-60 margin as the state's first execution in 45 years scheduled to take place in May. The bill would have [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council vote on whether to refer war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan has been delayed after a US request, UN representatives said Wednesday. A vote had been expected on a French resolution that would refer war crimes trials to the International Criminal Court [official [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Senate [official website] Wednesday approved by an overwhelming margin a bill to loosen restrictions on scientists conducting stem cell research. The measure, which would allow cloning of embryos from which stem cells can be extracted for research, passed by a 35-2 margin. Despite the Senate passage, the [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday in Wilkinson v. Austin [Duke Law School case backgrounder], a case where the Court is considering what procedures are needed to protect a prisoner's due process rights when prison officials seek to place the prisoner in a "super-maximum security" [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has again refused to conduct a full court rehearing in the Terri Schiavo case.3:35 PM ET - The Eleventh Circuit has denied Bob and Mary Schindler's request for a new hearing en banc [petition text (PDF), JURIST report] [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled Wednesday that Ahmed Abu Ali, the man charged with plotting to assassinate President Bush [JURIST report], can be examined by doctors to determine whether there is any evidence that Abu Ali was tortured while being held in Saudi Arabia. Abu Ali has [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ongoing disputes among Iraqi National Assembly members over governmental nominations [JURIST report] could delay the drafting of Iraq's constitution by as much as six months, several lawmakers say. The National Assembly is currently scheduled to have a first draft of a constitution prepared by August 15, but cannot begin [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan's Ministry for Foreign Affairs [official website] Wednesday called yesterday's UN Security Council [official website] sanctions resolution "unbalanced and inappropriate," saying it "ignored the government's efforts in addressing the political, security and humanitarian aspects of the Darfur conflict." The Security Council voted 12-0 [Reuters report] (with China, Russia and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, once the top US commander in Iraq, authorized harsh prisoner interrogation tactics, according to a 2003 memo obtained and released by the ACLU [ACLU press release] under its ongoing Freedom of Information Act requests for government documents on torture [document list]. In his September [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, American International Group Inc. (AIG) [corporate website] announced it will delay its SEC filing of its quarterly results and also that it had found documentation of illegal transactions with General Re Corp, the center of the probes by the SEC and New [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court handed down a decision Wednesday morning in Smith v. City of Jackson [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], ruling that workers over the age of 40 need not show proof of discriminatory intent in lawsuits brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act [text]. Read [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hollinger Inc., the Canadian holding company with an interest in the newspaper publisher Hollinger International, filed a $636 million lawsuit Tuesday against former CEO Conrad Black and other former executives. Hollinger is seeking damages for Black's alleged diversion of corporate opportunities [Hollinger press release], breach of fiduciary duties and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Henry Kennedy [official profile] issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday ordering the military to give detainees' lawyers 30 days' notice before transferring a detainee from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to the custody of foreign governments, allowing time for the transfer to be challenged. After considering whether [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Defense Department said Tuesday that Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD backgrounder] for all Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been completed. Navy Secretary Gordon England [official profile], who has overseen the CSRT process, announced that 38 of 558 detainees were determined not to be "enemy combatants" and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an order issued just after midnight Wednesday morning, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] agreed to consider Bob and Mary Schindler's request for a new hearing en banc on whether a feeding tube for their brain-damaged daughter Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] should [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 Wednesday, March 30.The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in one case today, beginning at 10 AM ET. In Wilkinson v. Austin [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 04-495, the Court [read more]

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