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17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Beijing Judicial Bureau [official backgrounder] has refused to renew the licenses of a number of Chinese human rights lawyers before a Saturday deadline, a China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group [advocacy website] official said Friday. The bureau originally denied renewals to 500 lawyers, but eventually agreed to renew [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against pharmaceutical distribution giant McKesson Corp. [corporate website] in US District Court for the District of Massachusetts Thursday, accusing the company of violating federal anti-racketeering laws by inflating drug prices for state-funded health care. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [official profile] alleged that [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Defense prosecutors brought new charges against three detainees being held at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Thursday. Jabran al-Qathani, Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi, and Algerian Sufyian Barhoumi [charge sheets, PDF] are each charged with conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Brazil [official website, in Portuguese] Thursday ruled 6-5 that a 2005 law allowing embryonic stem cell [JURIST news archive] research is constitutional, rejecting a challenge by the country's attorney general that it infringed on the "constitutional right to life." Thursday's decision drew condemnation from the [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An opposition party in Japan [JURIST news archive] has introduced a bill in Japan's House of Representatives [official website, in Japanese] that would provide compensation for Korean and Taiwanese nationals convicted of war crimes [backgrounder] committed while working for the Japanese military occupying their territories during World War II. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Washington DC Superior Court found 34 members of anti-war activism group Witness Against Torture [advocacy website] guilty Thursday on misdemeanor charges of illegal protesting. Police arrested 71 group members at a protest [JURIST report] in front of the US Supreme Court in January, where they were demonstrating for [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries [official profile; personal website, in German] Thursday deflected the European Commission's criticism of proposed legislation that would preserve the power of the German state of Lower Saxony [official website] to block major business decisions at automaker Volkswagen AG [corporate website]. The law, known as [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Texas state appeals court Thursday overturned [press release] a jury verdict against pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] concerning a death allegedly caused by painkiller Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive]. The Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals reversed [opinion] a verdict which had awarded $26 million to widow Carol [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay alleges that the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] retaliated against him for giving testimony [JURIST report] at the pre-trial hearing of detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] which reflected poorly on the DOD. In an email released [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Thursday dismissed the military judge presiding over the military commission trial of Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. No explanation was given for the dismissal of Col. Peter Brownback [JURIST news archive], but Khadr's defense lawyers [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court Thursday ordered the closure of a prominent gay rights group, finding that the name of Lambda Istanbul Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transvestites Solidarity Association [advocacy website, in Turkish] is contrary to Turkish morality because it includes words describing sexual identity. Lambda Istanbul has vowed to appeal [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Balkan region, once plagued by a reputation for dangerous crime and political instability, is now one of the safest regions in Europe, according to a UN study [PDF text; press release] released Thursday. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] found that violent crimes, [read more]

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