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Legal News
4 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Japanese activists demonstrated [Japan Times report] Sunday on Japan's 62nd Constitution Day to voice opposing views about an approaching referendum on the country's pacifist constitution [text; JURIST news archive]. Efforts to reform the constitution are particularly focused on Article 9 [text], which has been interpreted to bar Japan from … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court [CJA backgrounder] judge on Monday ordered [text, PDF, in Spanish] investigations to continue into alleged crimes against humanity committed in a 2002 Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip [El Pais report, in Spanish; JURIST report], despite heavy criticism from Spanish politicians and prosecutors. Last month, … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Obama administration may reinstitute controversial military commission [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] proceedings for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison detainees in an announcement as early as next week, according to a New York Times report [text] Friday. On his first day in office in January, Obama … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Pacific Islands Forum [official website] on Saturday suspended [press release] Fiji's membership in the 16-nation bloc after Fiji's current military government failed to meet a May 1 deadline to schedule elections. Niue Premier and Forum Chairman Toke Talagi [official profile] said that the suspension stemmed from Fiji's recent … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website] on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] hundreds of juvenile convictions to be overturned and records to be expunged without hearing pursuant to the recommendation of a Special Master [text, PDF], in an attempt to rectify "the alleged travesty of juvenile justice" committed by … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The corruption trial of former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] opened Thursday, one day after Chen criticized the proceedings as "political persecution." Chen was indicted [JURIST report] in December and faces possible life in prison on charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and money laundering. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Officials from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) [official website] said Thursday that a ban on video-sharing website YouTube [JURIST report] has been lifted, but did not comment on access to several other blocked websites that also posted a recording in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [official profile, BBC … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on Thursday sentenced Muntadar al-Zaidi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush, to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign leader. The verdict came after … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court will seek INTERPOL [official website] arrest warrants for more than 100 Israelis on war crimes charges stemming from the conflict in Gaza [BBC backgrounder], prosecutors said Thursday. Iran announced in December that it would establish a court to try Gaza war crimes suspects [Reuters report] … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Wednesday in Wyeth v. Levine [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the drug labeling requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) [text] do not preempt state products liability laws. The case was initiated … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday voted 87-11 [roll call] to approve an amendment [S.Amdt. 573 text, PDF] that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine [MBC backgrounder]. Under the doctrine, which was struck down by the FCC in 1987, broadcast licenses could … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday sentenced former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo [JURIST news archive] to 37 months in prison for wire fraud related to charges that he accepted bribes in return for granting federal defense contracts. Foggo was originally … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] were blocked from attending a scheduled Tuesday meeting with Khadr at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Officials have launched an investigation into the ethics of the defense team, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bill Kuebler [JURIST news archive], … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Internet search company Google, Inc. [corporate website] will apply to join a European Commission (EC) [official website] antitrust proceeding against Microsoft [corporate website], accusing the software giant of hindering competition, according to a message from Google Vice President Sundar Pichai [text] posted to the company's official blog Tuesday. On … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] An Italian court on Tuesday sentenced David Mills [JURIST news archive], a British barrister and former lawyer to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile], to four-and-a-half years in prison for accepting a $600,000 bribe to give false testimony [JURIST report] at two trials in … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday rejected two motions challenging the court's ability to hear the case filed on behalf of five indicted Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] on Thursday rejected arguments made in three test cases against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website; HHS statement] by families alleging that their children's autism was caused by a combination of common childhood vaccines. Due to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] must cooperate with any indictment or decision [press conference transcript] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] may issue against him, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] said Tuesday. On Monday, Ban had a rare meeting with Bashir at a … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Taliban [JURIST news archive] insurgents on Wednesday targeted the Afghan Ministry of Justice [official website], the Prisons Directorate and other government buildings in coordinated attacks in the capital city of Kabul. Early estimates reported 28 killed and more than 60 injured. At least five gunmen stormed the Justice Ministry, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Some terror suspects living under control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have managed to maintain contact with terror cells, the UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said in his fourth annual report [text, PDF] Tuesday. Lord Carlile of Berriew [JURIST news archive] found that even though in most instances a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution [text, DOC] encouraging European Union (EU) member states to assist the closure of the the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison by accepting former prisoners for resettlement. The measure, which passed 542-55 with 51 abstentions, noted that … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that it has initiated infringement proceedings [EC backgrounder] against ten European Union (EU) member states for failing to comply with legislation aimed at reducing emissions of certain harmful airborne particulates called PM10. The EU implemented heightened PM10 standards under last … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Moscow's Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeals on Thursday declared void [Interfax report] most of the Russian government's tax claims against the British Council [official website], the British government's cultural relations arm, relating to the organization’s in-country operations in 2004-2006. The British Council filed suit last May seeking to void … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Turkish police on Thursday arrested approximately 30 more people, including eight army officers, nine policemen, and a union leader, in an investigation of an alleged plot to overthrow the government [JURIST news archive] of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. The latest arrests [Al Jazeera report] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Paris prosecutor's office [official website, in French] on Tuesday announced that it has opened an investigation into the French business operations of US financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive], following accusations of abuse of confidence and fraud. The inquiry was sparked by a French citizen's suit against the … [read more]

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