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Legal News
6 Dec 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] on Monday began serving his prison sentence at a Massachusetts military base. A judge in October sentenced [JURIST report] Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 million. The … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday blocked a proposed $285 million settlement with Citigroup Inc [corporate website] over the sale of toxic mortgage debt. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] put no effort into … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] President of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] Judge David Baragwanath [official website] on Monday issued a statement [text] defending his program following a visit to Lebanon. Tribunal Vice President Judge Ralph Riachi [official website] accompanied Baragwanath on the visit, where they saw … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] and a group of independent human rights experts on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties during the country's most recent incidents of civilian-police clashes [JURIST report]. The rights experts, including the UN special rapporteurs … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A five-soldier jury on Friday convicted Army Staff Sgt. David Bram, 27, for a list of charges stemming from his attempt to cover up drug use in his platoon and also to kill Afghan civilians. Bram was sentenced to five years in prison [News Tribune report] for solicitation to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Brazilian government on Monday granted citizenship for the first time to a foreigner based on his same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Spaniard Antonio Vega Herrera will become a Brazilian citizen due to his marriage with his Brazilian partner, according to the country's Federal Register [AP report]. The news … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Scottish Human Rights Commission [official website] on Monday condemned [text, DOC] plans for a UK Bill of Rights [materials; JURIST news archive]. The Bill of Rights would replace the UK Human Rights Act [text, PDF], but Commission leader Alan Miller [official profile] said the new legislation would weaken … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday ruled that Ieng Sary [ECCC profile], former deputy foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge regime [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is not protected from genocide charges by a 15-year-old royal pardon and amnesty. The court … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Georgia law [§16-5-5 text] intended to combat assisted suicide [JURIST news archive] actually infringes on First Amendment [text] rights, defense lawyers argued to the Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] on Monday. The law makes it a felony for someone who "publicly advertises, offers or holds himself or … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Egypt activist group No Military Trials for for Civilians [Al Jazeera profile] on Sunday condemned [statement text] the arrest and imprisonment of Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd el Fattah [blog; Twitter feed] by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder]. The blogger is accused … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official website] on Monday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] a new Florida law [Executive Order 11-58, PDF] that had required welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits. Judge Mary Scriven said that the law … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded not guilty in a New York district court on Monday to charges stemming from his role in the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir [official profile], Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, on US soil. Arbabsiar, a US citizen, is alleged to have participated in … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Gulnara Shahinian [official profile] on Monday said that the Lebanese government must create more legal protections [press release] for some 200,000 domestic workers in the country. Without more regulations, Shahinian said, some could be forced into domestic servitude and be subject … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Monday asked [materials, in French] that the Trial Chamber initiate proceedings in absentia for four wanted suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Pre-trial Judge Daniel Fransen … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Liberty University [official website] on Friday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review its case against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] last month ruled [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue [official website] on Monday condemned [press release] a law in Thailand that criminalizes insulting the country's royal family. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code [text] says that "whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Judge Mark Davis on Monday ruled [Virginian Pilot report] that two Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] who killed four Americans will spend their lives in prison. Mahdi Jama Mohamed and Muhidin Salad Omar, the two convicted men, apologized … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice [official website] on Monday rejected a challenge [ruling, PDF] by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) [advocacy website] that the UK's interrogation guidelines [materials, PDF] are unlawful. The guidelines provide steps that must be taken by intelligence officers … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Libyan transitional justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi said Monday that he plans to abolish the nation's security prosecution and court and the state security appeals court. The state security court system had been used to jail thousands of dissidents and people who opposed the regime of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was suspended Monday until next month amid bias claims. Lawyers for the families of the anti-Mubarak protesters who were killed argued to the Cairo Appeals Court [Al Jazeera backgrounder] that Judge Ahmed Refaat was overseeing … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Friday reinstated [opinion] a $675,000 verdict against a Boston University [academic website] student who illegally downloaded 30 songs and then shared them on the Web.The verdict was, at one point, reduced to $67,500, because then-judge Nancy Gertner, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Chief US District Judge James Ware of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] decided Monday to unseal video recordings [order, PDF] from last year's trial over Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban. Unless a higher court overrules the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Friday ruled [text] that Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], media secretary of Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive], was properly convicted of being a propagandist and should spend the rest of this life … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Monday heard arguments over whether state courts can consider international law—and in particular, Sharia law—in their decisions. State Question 755 [text, PDF] allows state courts to look only to legal precedents of other states for guidance, provided … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Monday issued a temporary injunction [text, PDF] blocking an immigration law that was scheduled to take effect Thursday. "The court will issue detailed Memorandum Opinions and Orders ruling on the merits of the pending Motions … [read more]

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