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Legal news from Wednesday, November 7, 2007
21:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 235-184 [roll call] in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act [HR 3685 materials], legislation that would extend protections against workplace discrimination to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The bill covers hiring and firing practices, the setting of compensation levels, and promotion determinations, [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Nigeria [JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit [BBC report] in a Nigerian federal court Wednesday against local tobacco producer International Tobacco Company, Ltd. and international tobacco producers British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International [corporate websites]. The lawsuit seeks upwards of $40 billion in damages [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Increasing institutionalization of racist political ideologies and violent expressions of racism seriously threaten democracy and human rights, a United Nations expert told the General Assembly Wednesday. In his report [PDF text] to the General Assembly's Third Committee [official website], UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] issued a 5-2 order [PDF text] Wednesday denying a stay of execution for death row inmate Mark Dean Schwab [FCCD profile, DOC]. The court ruled last week that the state could proceed with Schwab's execution after finding that Florida's revised lethal injection protocol [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday ordered eight Croatian journalists to be questioned about possible contempt of court violations for revealing confidential information. Three national television journalists and five newspaper writers will be investigated for revealing confidential portions of indictments against [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Republic of Georgia [official backgrounder] has declared a state of emergency following days of protests in the capital city of Tbilisi, according to a televised speech Wednesday. Reading a prepared statement, Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli [official profile] announced a presidential decree temporarily banning demonstrations and [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Hall Street Associates v. Mattel [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-989, where the Court considered whether parties can contractually agree to vacate an arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [USC [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former chairman and CEO of mortgage finance company Freddie Mac [corporate website] Leland Brendsel agreed to a consent decree [press release; stipulation and consent order, PDF] Tuesday to settle administrative charges filed by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website], which maintains government oversight of Freddie [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian police Wednesday arrested retired Serbian General Novack Djukic [press release, in Bosnian] for alleged involvement in a 1995 war crime in which the Republika Srpska Army [UN backgrounder] fired a single artillery shell into the central square of the town of Tuzla. Seventy-one people died as a result [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Interpol General Assembly [official website] Wednesday voted to issue arrest notices [press release] for five Iranians and one Lebanese man wanted in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center [Wikipedia backgrounder]. On Monday, Iran ended its formal attempts [JURIST report] to prevent the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Four Chadian nationals face criminal charges over their alleged involvement in an attempt to airlift 103 children [JURIST news archive] from Chad for the French charity Zoe's Ark [advocacy website, in French; BBC backgrounder]. The four defendants - the mayor, secretary-general, deputy governor, and neighborhood chief of the Chadian [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday declaration of emergency rule [PDF text] is likely to end in two to three weeks, ruling Pakistan Muslim League party president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain told Pakistan's English newspaper Dawn Tuesday. Hussain said that Musharraf understands the consequences of an extended declaration of emergency, and [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari [official profile] will meet with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] on Thursday, Gambari told diplomats during a one-hour briefing Wednesday. Gambari had originally proposed a meeting with both Suu Kyi and a member of the military government, but [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois Governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] headed to federal prison Wednesday morning to serve a 6 1/2-year sentence [JURIST report] on corruption charges after the US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied [AP report] Ryan's request to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction, affirming the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Serb nationalist leader and war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] began Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website]. The prosecution in its opening statement told the court that Seselj incited atrocities through hateful speeches he made [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a measure that would suspend the nation's responsibilities under the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty [text; backgrounder]. The Russian government first threatened to temporarily withdraw [JURIST report] from the treaty in June, amid tensions between the US and [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday upheld language used in homeowner insurance policies [opinion, PDF] by State Farm Fire and Casualty, overturning a district court ruling that the policy language was ambiguous and consequently unenforceable. The three-judge circuit panel held that the policy's anti-concurrent [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Tuesday against the dismissal [PDF text; JURIST report] of immigration fraud charges against anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive; case materials]. US District Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled in May [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion [order, PDF; press release] Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit against CACI International [corporate website], an American military contractor being sued over its alleged involvement in the torture of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

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