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Legal news from Tuesday, August 7, 2007
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for the Palestinian doctor jailed and allegedly tortured with five Bulgarian nurses for allegedly purposely infecting children with HIV in Libya said Tuesday that he intends to file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] against Libya for the abuse Ashraf Alhajouj says he [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The defense in the Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] terror trial rested its case Tuesday without Padilla's lawyers calling any witnesses. Padilla did not testify in the trial, nor did co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi [GlobalSecurity profiles]. Jurors heard testimony from six witnesses called by lawyers [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] China has not kept its promises to improve human rights and press freedom in preparation for the 2008 Olympics [official website] slated to open next August in Beijing, according to a new report [text; press release] released Tuesday by Amnesty International [advocacy website]. Amnesty said that the Chinese government [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the state of California acted unconstitutionally by threatening criminal prosecution and shutting down websites that incorporated vote-swapping mechanisms prior to the 2000 US presidential election, holding that the "websites' vote-swapping mechanisms as well as the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Hanoi People's Court on Tuesday convicted nine defendants, including three former Vietnamese government officials, of gambling and bribery charges [JURIST report]. Bui Tien Deng, a former project management head in the Ministry of Transportation [official website], was sentenced to 13 years in prison for placing bets totaling $760,000 [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ukraine [JURIST news archive] became the first Eastern European country to offer its jails to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday, as the two bodies signed an enforcement of sentences agreement [press release] under which Ukraine agreed to imprison [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Basmanny District Court in Moscow issued a new arrest warrant Tuesday for exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges that he allegedly embezzled an additional $13 million in credit funds from SBS-Agro Bank [EBRD profile], which he then owned, to purchase real estate [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Trinidad court Monday ordered the extradition of three terrorist suspects to the United States for their alleged role in a terrorist bomb plot targeting John F. Kennedy International Airport [official website]. The three suspects - Trinidad national Kareem Ibrahim, and Guyana nationals Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur - [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday ordered [PDF text; NYCLU press release] the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] to redact and turn over hundreds of field intelligence reports containing information the NYPD gathered through covert surveillance [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Ronald Whyte issued a permanent injunction Monday against a 2005 California law [PDF text] restricting the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, agreeing with the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association [trade websites] that the law was an unconstitutional [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office [official website] said Tuesday that it has asked the United States to release five Guantanamo Bay detainees [press release] who were legal residents in the UK prior to their detention. The Foreign Office said that the five detainees - Saudi Arabian Shaker Aamer, [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Monday from defense lawyers representing three former Enron Broadband Services [JURIST news archive] executives who are seeking the dismissal of remaining charges after a jury failed to reach a verdict on all counts in their 2005 [read more]

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