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Legal news from Monday, November 27, 2006
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] announced in a one line order [text, PDF] Monday that it would not grant a temporary stay in a case involving federal investigators' access to the phone records of two New York Times [media website] reporters. The Times filed suit to block access [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] in Kinshasa Monday rejected a legal challenge [JURIST report] by Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba [campaign website, in French; Wikipedia profile] to the official results of last month's presidential run-off election [JURIST report]. The court declared the challenge [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine [official website] has launched an internal investigation into the DOJ's use of intelligence gathered under the NSA's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], according to a letter from Fine to Congressional leaders obtained by AP Monday. Fine has notified leaders of the [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to review an Illinois Supreme Court decision setting aside a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA [corporate website] for its marketing of "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes. The court issued its order in Price v. Philip Morris [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. [Duke Law case backgrounder; merits briefs], 05-1074, a case that addresses whether and when a plaintiff may sue for pay discrimination under Title VII of the [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge adjourned the tax fraud trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and British lawyer David Mills [Guardian profile] Monday after Berlusconi collapsed during a speech [AP report; recorded video] in Florence Sunday. Berlusconi's lawyers requested time for Berlusconi to recover, [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Parliament [official website, in Arabic] Monday indefinitely barred journalists from sessions of parliament as part of efforts by Iraq's National Security Council [FAS backgrounder] to stop contradictory statements made by Iraqi politicians, according to Reuters. Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashadani told members of parliament that reporters should be banned [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean Judge Victor Montiglio indicted former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday and placed him under house arrest in connection with the firing-squad deaths of two of former President Salvador Allende's bodyguards during the so-called Caravan of Death [BBC backgrounder] that followed the coup in which [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Israel is willing to release many Palestinian prisoners [speech transcript], even long-term detainees, if Palestinian militants agree to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder], Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] said Monday. Shalit was captured in Gaza [JURIST report] on June 25, and his detention [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] China's State Council [official backgrounder] is considering a draft resolution that would establish a national agency to regulate organ transplants in the wake of international criticism over Chinese organ transplant practices. Chinese health officials have admitted that the majority of organs for transplant come from executed prisoners, and while [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's military leaders decided Monday to lift martial law in 40 of the country's 76 provinces, pending the approval of Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile]. Thailand has been under a state of martial law since the Thai military seized power from civilian prime minister Thaksin [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's genocide trial [JURIST news archive] resumed Monday with testimony from witnesses describing how Hussein's soldiers executed civilians during the "Anfal" campaigns [HRW backgrounder] against ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq from 1987 to 1988. All seven defendants appeared in court, though several were represented by court-appointed lawyers while [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder] failed to appear in court Monday as his trial began at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. The court subsequently stripped Seselj of his right to represent himself [press release] and summoned court-appointed [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Many of the efforts to soften the corporate accountability reforms of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act [PDF text; SEC materials] are being pushed by the same corporations that employed questionable accounting and business practices before the Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, New York state attorney general and governor-elect Eliot Spitzer [JURIST news archive] [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian government commission investigating Australian participation in the now-defunct UN oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive] in Iraq has recommended that criminal charges be brought against 12 business executives for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's former regime [JURIST report]. In a report [commission materials] formally submitted to Parliament [AG [read more]

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