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17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Friday to provide shareholders with an advisory vote on executive compensation [HB 1257 summary], noting that in the last 15 years, compensation of Fortune 500 CEOs has moved from 140 times that of the average employee to over 500 times. The [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that the Thai government [official website, in Thai] may grant amnesty to Islamic insurgents, but that it still supports Buddhists who have armed themselves for protection. Surayud, who replaced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Japan [JURIST archive] said Friday in two statements [1, 2 - text, in Japanese] that it accepted the 1948 rulings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East [Wikipedia backgrounder] that found Japanese soldiers had coerced women into prostitution, possibly signalling a new course on [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the New York Attorney General [official website] Thursday sent notice [PDF text; press release] of its intent to sue Drexel University [official website] for accepting payments from student loan lender Education Finance Partners (EFP) [corporate website] based on the amount of money the private lender loaned [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Four Bosnian Serbs who went on an "illegal military operation" during the Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in July 1995 went on trial Friday before the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website; HRW backgrounder] in Sarajevo. The indictment alleges that the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Romanian Constitutional Court [official website] Friday upheld the suspension of President Traian Basescu [official website; BBC profile] and designated Senate President Nicolae Vacaroiu [official website] as the country's interim leader. On Thursday, the Romanian Parliament voted 322-108 to suspend Basescu [JURIST report], alleging that he violated the constitution [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Several Internet privacy groups filed a joint complaint [PDF text] with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] on Friday concerning the merger of search engine Google [corporate website] with advertising provider DoubleClick [corporate website]. The groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Center for Digital Democracy [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that the United Kingdom [JURIST news archive] does not need to hold a referendum to approve a new treaty to replace the failed European Constitution [text; JURIST news archive]. Earlier this week, Blair joined Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official website] [read more]

12:04 EDT

[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]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two US lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to prohibit the government from interfering with a woman's right to have an abortion following the Wednesday's US Supreme Court decision upholding a federal ban on "partial-birth" abortions [JURIST report]. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) [official websites] announced the [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's growing use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive] since its reinstatement in 2004 has given the country the fourth-highest execution rate in the world - surpassed only by China, Iran, and Pakistan - according to a report [text] released Friday by Amnesty International [advocacy website]. According to [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Democratic National Committee (DNC) [party website] filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the US Department of Justice [official website] Thursday, seeking the disclosure and release of DOJ records in accordance with the DNC's March 19, 2007 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request [PDF text] involving the controversial [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] was convicted Thursday by a federal jury on 19 of 42 counts of insider trading. Nacchio illegally sold 1.33 million shares valued at $52 million dollars in conjunction with the Denver-based telephone service provider's accounting scandal between April [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (HR 1905) [bill summary] Thursday, which could increase official House membership for the first time since 1960. The bill, which passed 241-177 [roll call], would make the District of Columbia [official website] a [read more]

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