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Legal News
20 Apr 2007
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive [corporate website] reached a settlement on Thursday with anti-game activist lawyer Jack Thompson. Take-Two agreed to drop a contempt of court charge against Thompson stemming from a prior legal battle [GamePolitics.com report] over the video game Bully. Thompson had strong words for the judge … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2007
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed [NHLPA press release] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] filed by a group of NHL players against Ted Saskin, head of the National Hockey League Players' Association [organization website]. Judge Suzanne B. Conlon of the US District Court for the Northern District … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The Entertainment Software Association [trade website], the trade group representing video game companies, won two more legal battles this week against laws aimed at restricting the sale of violent games to minors. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the 2005 ruling that the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Russian hockey team Metallurg Magnitogorsk [team website; Wikipedia backgrounder] on Wednesday sued Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the NHL [TSN report] in a dispute over the star hockey player's move from Russia to the National Hockey League, the second such lawsuit to be filed this week by a … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A judge in Florida refused Friday to block the sale of the controversial video game Bully [game website], ruling that it does not qualify as a "public nuisance" under state law. The suit, brought by long-time video games foe Jack Thompson [Wikipedia profile], named Wal-Mart andGamestop, two video game … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] US President Bush on Friday signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 [HR 4411 summary; JURIST report], a bill attached to a larger port security measure [Reuters report] late last month by Congress, making it illegal for banks or credit card companies to process transactions involving Internet … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] As the National Hockey League [official website] opened its 2006-2007 season this week, the lockout that wiped out the entire 04-05 slate [JURIST report] has reared its head again in the form of a lawsuit filed against the players' union [complaint, PDF] by players themselves. The suit, filed in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, and Ohio have joined California and New Jersey [JURIST report] in suing tobacco companies for money they say is owed under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) [text]. The Illinois attorney general says the state is owed almost $40 million [press release] and is suing to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The National Security Archive [official website], a research institute at George Washington University, won partial summary judgment on Wednesday in its lawsuit [case documents] against the US Air Force, as the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [PDF text; press release] that the Air … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A panel from the US House Committee on International Relations [official website] sharply criticized China's human rights record on Wednesday, ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's Thursday visit to the White House [arrival ceremony transcript; CNN report]. At a Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations [official … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps [advocacy website], a private organization of volunteers who patrol US borders, said Thursday that they would begin building a security fence [press release] on land owned by supporters along the US-Mexico border if President Bush doesn't direct the government to do so. The debate … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Egypt has released approximately 950 former militants from the Islamic group Gamaa Islamiya [Wikipedia backgrounder] over the last several days, according to lawyers for the prisoners. Some had been held as long as 25 years. The government began small-scale releases in the 1990s after the group's leaders declared a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Women in Iraq had better quality of life and received more respect for their rights under Saddam Hussein's regime than the current system, according to a survey conducted by the Baghdad-based Woman Freedom Organization [advocacy website]. According to the group, women's rights were guaranteed in the constitution under Saddam, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Lawyers for former vice-presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] said in a court filing Wednesday that Libby told a grand jury two years ago that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had authorized him to released previously classified information in response to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The State Department announced Thursday afternoon in Washington that the United States will not be seeking membership this year of the new UN Human Rights Council [official website; UN materials; FAQ]. A spokesman said in a press statement ahead of a scheduled daily briefing:There are strong candidates in our … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Former vice-presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] told the federal grand jury investigating the CIA leak case that President Bush authorized his disclosure of intelligence information on Iraq, according to the government's response [PDF text] to Libby's third motion to compel discovery … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani [official profile] testified at the resumed sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] on Thursday, describing the 9/11 attacks as he experienced them in his official capacity. He recalled being unable to grasp the extent of the calamity until he saw … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A British county court has given a UK anti-war activist until May 5 to pay £580 (about $1,017 USD) in back taxes he's withholding to protest the war in Iraq or face seizure of his property. Robin Brookes, a member of the Peace Tax Seven [advocacy website], told the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Omri Sharon, son of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [BBC profile], appealed his nine-month prison sentence [JURIST report] on Thursday, apologizing for his actions and arguing that his resignation from the Knesset was punishment enough. Sharon was convicted of illegally raising money [JURIST report] for his father's re-election campaign.The … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The Australian government has threatened to overturn a proposed same-sex civil union bill [press release] in the Australian Capital Territory [government website] unless substantial changes are made. The bill, introduced by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope [official profile], would be the first of its kind in Australia and would … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A Louisiana State Senate [official website] committee has rejected a bill that would have made it easier for residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST report] to vote in next month's New Orleans municipal elections [JURIST news archive]. The bill would have created polling places in other states so that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The Philippines Army said Thursday that it would recommend court-martial for 20 soldiers in connection with last month's failed coup attempt [JURIST report] against Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive], including Brigadier General Danilo Lim. The army is continuing to investigate [JURIST report] the actions of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Indonesia has threatened legal action against US mining company Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold [corporate website] if it does not improve environmental conditions near its gold mine in Papua. For the past few days, protestors have called for the government to take action against the mine in order to control … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] An Ethiopian court dropped charges Wednesday against 18 people, including five American journalists, as the treason trial for 129 protestors [JURIST report] resumed. The charges against the 18 included treason, attempted genocide, and other crimes in connection with allegations that they attempted to overthrow the government. The five journalists … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Three Russian police officers pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal negligence [JURIST report] in connection with the Beslan school hostage crisis [BBC report; timeline] on Thursday as their trial opened in southern Russia. Prosecutors say the police failed to raise security levels despite warnings about the possibility of … [read more]

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