Legal news from Saturday, April 16, 2005
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Argentinian cardinal Jorge Bergoglio [official Vatican bio; Wikipedia profile], deemed by observers to be one of the leading contenders to succeed Pope John Paul II in the Vatican conclave that begins April 18, said Saturday that allegations of Bergoglio's involvement in the 1976 kidnapping of two [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Saturday granted ex-Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj provisional release for a short time to enable him to attend his brother’s funeral and post-funeral ceremonies. Enver Haradinaj, a student as Pristina University, was killed in an ambush in western Kosovo [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] In an effort to bolster support for UN ambassador nominee John Bolton [official website], the State Department Friday released endorsements and letters of support for Bolton from former secretaries of state, ambassadors and senior government officials. The endorsements come two days after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Foreign ministers from European Union [official website] countries expressed alarm Saturday about growing resistance in France to the proposed European constitution [official website; treaty text]. A new poll released Saturday that was conducted after Thursday's TV pitch by French President Jacques Chirac [JURIST report] shows that 56% of French [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador [Wikipedia profile] declared a state of emergency in the capital Quito late Friday and dissolved the Ecuador Supreme Court [official website in Spanish]. The drastic measures announced in a surprise national television address came after three days of protests in the streets of Quito, [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] American and British officials have rejected assertions made by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that the US and UK governments share blame with the UN for oil scandals involving Saddam Hussein's regime. Speaking in New York late this week [Reuters report] Annan said that most of the money illegally [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Records released Friday by the Florida Department of Children and Families [official website] pursuant to a Thursday court order [JURIST report] revealed no evidence that Terri Schiavo [Wikipedia profile] had been abused or exploited by either her husband Micheal Schiavo or her parents Robert and Mary Schindler. The agency [read more]

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