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20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The city government of Washington, DC [official website] on Monday asked [petition, text] the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] for an en banc rehearing of a case that led to a controversial ruling last month invalidating the city's handgun ban [JURIST report]. City lawyers warn that [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] denied a motion Monday for a mistrial in the prosecution of Canadian-born former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on fraud charges. John Boultbee, a former associate [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Ethiopian court on Monday dropped genocide and treason charges [BBC report] against more than 100 people charged involved in 2005 political protests, and released from prison 25 detainees, including several journalists, after acquitting them on all charges. Finding that the prosecution had failed to prove charges against them, [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Trade Representative Susan Schwab [official profile] said Monday that the United States is filing a case against China [JURIST news archive] at the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website; JURIST news archive] for lax enforcement of copyright violations and trademarks. Schwab said that the US will also file [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support having judges elected to the bench, the Globe and Mail reported Monday. According to a poll conducted by Globe and CTV, 63 percent of the respondents favored electing judges, with 24 percent strongly endorsing the idea. Support for the idea was strongest in the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection was completed Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] for the second federal lawsuit to go to trial involving Louisiana homeowners affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster [JURIST news archive]. Homeowners Robert and Merryl Weiss are suing Allstate [corporate website] [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US soldier responsible for the death of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in Iraq in March 2005 told the New York Post [report] Monday that he fired on Calipari's vehicle in self-defense. Calipari was shot to death [JURIST report] by Spc. Mario Lozano [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] did not consider the full archives from the war crimes tribunal at The Hague in making its finding that Serbia did not commit genocide [JURIST report] during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war [Wikipedia backgrounder] and was not liable for damages, instead relying [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Israel is reviewing the names of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners that Palestinian militants have demanded freed in exchange for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Israeli officials said Sunday. Shalit was captured in Gaza [JURIST report] on June 25, and his detention helped [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] only prosecuted about two percent of the individuals arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the country along the US-Mexico border during a five-year period, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal figures on arrests and prosecutions released Monday. The Transactional [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nearly 1,000 protesters continued demonstrations Monday outside the parliament building in central Kiev as the Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] prepared to hear a lawsuit [JURIST report] filed earlier this month by Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] and leaders of the Ukrainian Parliament challenging [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Thailand [JURIST news archive] said Monday it will continue to block access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube [corporate website] until Google [corporate website], YouTube's owner, agrees to remove video clips deemed offensive to the country's monarch. Thailand originally banned access [JURIST report] to YouTube and [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] More than a dozen prisoners at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are being subjected to daily force-feedings as a result of a long-term hunger strike, the New York Times reported Monday, the largest such number since the beginning of 2006. Lawyers for the 13 [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] should consider resigning [Fox News Sunday transcript] in the wake of his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. With his criticism of [read more]

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