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Legal news from Tuesday, August 28, 2007
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] will send an investigative team headed by Pentagon Inspector General Claude M. Kicklighter [official website] to Iraq to probe allegations of fraud and corruption related to military contracts, a DOD spokesman said Tuesday. The team will concentrate on incongruities concerning weapons and [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russia has not yet received any evidence from Britain with which to prosecute Andrei Lugovoy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the primary suspect in the November 2006 murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the chief of the investigating committee [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] has reiterated its refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [PDF text] in the wake of its latest test of a nuclear-capable missile, saying that nuclear arms are vital to a stable balance of power, according to Tuesday reports. Pakistan Ministry [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Abdullah Gul [BBC profile] was sworn in as Turkey's new president Tuesday after winning a majority of votes in the Turkish parliament's third round of voting on his candidacy. Gul, supported by the Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] who had been serving as Turkey's [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive] was acquitted by a military jury Tuesday of failing to control soldiers under his command who abused detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. He was convicted, however, of disobeying an order not to discuss the [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian authorities have charged at least four of the 10 suspects arrested [JURIST report] Monday in connection with last October's killing [JURIST report] of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], a defense lawyer told reporters Tuesday. A spokesman from the office of Russian Prosecutor General Yuri [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Tuesday ordered [order, PDF] former Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] vice chairman Tom Coughlin to face a new sentencing hearing, holding that his sentence was too lenient and improperly departed from the punishment prescribed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Manhattan federal judge Monday overturned a federal bankruptcy court's highly-controversial decision in the Enron [JURIST news archive] case, ruling that holders of claims against a bankrupt company should have their claims extinguished if they purchased them from a seller who used "inequitable conduct." US District Judge Shira Scheindlin [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida [official website] issued a ruling Tuesday recommending that the US Department of State [official website] extradite former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder] to France when he is released from federal prison [JURIST report; Federal Bureau of Prisons materials] [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Senior judges on the UK Council of HM Circuit Judges [official website] have warned UK lawmakers that the judiciary may balk at a plan to add new control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to a draft criminal justice and immigration bill [PDF text], the Guardian reported Tuesday. Lawmakers [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Supreme Court [official backgrounder] has overturned a court order granting bail to former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [party profile], ruling Monday that she should remain in prison as she awaits trial on extortion charges [JURIST report]. Earlier this month, the Appellate Division of the Supreme [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) [official website; JURIST report] released its first major report [PDF text; press release] on racism and inequality in the European Union [official website] Tuesday, finding ethnic discrimination in employment, housing and education, as well as an increase in racist violence in [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Yahoo! [corporate website] filed a motion in federal court in California Monday seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] alleging that the Internet giant aided and abetted human rights violations committed by the Chinese government by providing Chinese officials with information, including e-mail records and user [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive] filed a motion Monday requesting either a new trial or acquittal after his conviction [JURIST report] on mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges in July. In the motion, Black's lawyers questioned the credibility of some trial witnesses, [read more]

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