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Legal News
23 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] is examining whether investors paid researchers to reveal information about ongoing drug studies in order to profit from the results before they were available to the public. Earlier this month, The Seattle Times [newspaper website] said it found 26 cases [ST … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has determined that there is "an insufficient basis for appeal" against the recent dismissal of trespassing charges against two illegal immigrants brought by state officials. Judge L. Phillips Runyon dismissed the trespassing violations [AP report] against the immigrants earlier this month and stated … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] Royal Dutch/Shell Group [corporate website] has said that it will appeal a decision which allows a class action lawsuit for stock fraud to continue against the company. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the suit, questioning whether Shell's statements on its reserves [JURIST report] purposely misrepresented important facts, adequately … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [Wikipedia profile], who faces federal bank fraud charges [JURIST report] related to a casino deal, expressed his willingness Tuesday to speak with investigators about the death of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. Abramoff is charged [DOJ press release] with conspiracy and wire fraud in the September 2000 … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] A US Department of Defense analyst and two former officials of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [advocacy website] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiring to obtain and disclose classified national defense information. Analyst Lawrence Franklin, who worked on the Pentagon's Iran desk … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] Kurdish leaders insisted Tuesday that they do not plan to secede from Iraq even though they want the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] to provide the group the right to self-determination in order to protect themselves from potential future problems. The issues of self-determination, the role of Islam, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] Former WorldCom [JURIST news archive] accounting director Buford Yates was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Tuesday for his role in the company's billion-dollar business fraud. In 2002 Yates pleaded guilty [USA Today report] in Manhattan Federal Court to conspiracy and securities fraud charges for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in Atlanta overturned the convictions and sentences of five accused Cuban spies [advocacy website] Tuesday, ruling [PDF opinion] that their trial in Miami was biased due to community prejudice and extensive media coverage. Ringleader Gerardo Hernandez's … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] New Saudi King Abdullah [Wikipedia profile; JURIST report] has pardoned four activists jailed after criticizing the strict religious environment and the slow pace of democratic reform in Saudi Arabia. In June, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had called for the release [JURIST report] of Ali al-Demaini, Abdullah al-Hamed … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2005
by Elana Kornblit

Former Bosnia Serb General Vinko Pandurevic pleaded not guilty Tuesday to war crimes charges [UN case information sheet] linked to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline] of over 7,000 Muslim males. Pandurevic was indicted [amended indictment] five years ago on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] Togo's constitutional court Tuesday confirmed ruling party candidate Faure Gnassingbe [campaign website in French] as the official winner of the disputed April 24 presidential election. According to the court, Gnassingbe won by 60.15 percent of the vote. The constitutional court said that the opposition's candidate Bob Akitani [opposition UFC … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2005
by Elana Kornblit

Housekeepers, elevator operators, workmen and others who might come in contact with Roman Catholic cardinals as they meet in secret conclave at the Vatican next week to choose a new pope took an oath of secrecy and signed written secrecy pledges Friday. Pursuant to section 46 of Pope John Paul … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2005
by Elana Kornblit

Egyptian judges [UNDP-POGAR judiciary backgrounder] have threatened not to supervise presidential and parliamentary elections due later this year unless the government amends laws which limit judicial power and prevent the convening of free and fair elections. The judges say that close relations between the executive and the judiciary undermine their … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Elana Kornblit

[JURIST] US District Judge Robert Pratt ruled Friday that a former Nazi guard who became a US citizen must relinquish his naturalization papers and passport. John Hansl of Des Moines Iowa, now 80, came to the United States under a 1953 immigration law intended to exclude people who aided in … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2005
by Elana Kornblit

Michael Ross [JURIST news archive] testified Friday at a hearing that he wants to be executed next month, defending his right to give up his death-row appeals. Ross says that he wants to spare his victims' families additional agony, but his father and a court-appointed lawyer believe that he may … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2005
by Elana Kornblit

A United Nations committee Friday adopted a draft of a new treaty to fight nuclear terrorism [UN press release] after years of negotiations. The draft defines acts of nuclear terrorism and strengthens the framework to combat it. The text now goes to the General Assembly for formal adoption, with the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2005
by Elana Kornblit

As anticipated [JURIST report], former US National Security Advisor Sandy Berger [Wikipedia profile] pleaded guilty Friday to illegally taking and destroying classified documents from the National Archives [official website]. The former Clinton Administration official acknowledged that he intentionally took and deliberately destroyed three copies of the same document dealing with … [read more]

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