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Legal news from Monday, July 27, 2009
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Monday made permanent [rule, PDF; press release] a temporary ban on the so-called 'naked' short selling of stocks. In a normal short sale, a trader borrows and sells a stock, promising to buy it back at a certain price [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Yemeni officials called on their parliament [official website, in Arabic] Monday to strengthen security and gun-control laws in an effort to end unrest and kidnappings and to improve the country's economy. Citing concerns with national unity, tourism and economic strains, Deputy Prime Minister Rshad al-Alimi urged the parliament [Reuters [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ranking Republican on the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Jeff Sessions (R-AL) [official website] opposed the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile] on Monday, maintaining that she lacks "deep-rooted convictions" [USA Today editorial] needed to resist judicial activism. Although Sessions conceded that Sotomayor will likely [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar prosecutors on Monday delivered final arguments in the trial against opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], after being granted additional time to prepare. The Nobel Laureate and National League of Democracy (NLD) [party website] leader faces charges of violating her house arrest [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A special Indian terrorism court on Monday found Ashrat Ansari, Hanif Sayed Anees, and Fehmida Sayed guilty of planning and carrying out a 2003 bomb attack in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder] that killed 52 people. They were convicted [PTI report] of conspiracy, murder, and attempt to murder under the country's [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian police on Monday released suspected organized crime leader Semyon Mogilevich [FBI profile] after a court found that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to continue holding him. Mogilevich and another man, Vladimir Nekrasov, were arrested [JURIST report] in January 2008. The court ordered their release [RIA Novosti report], citing the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft announced [materials] on Friday that it will offer European consumers an option to select from a list of several Web browsers "in an effort to address competition law issues related to Internet Explorer and interoperability." The European Commission (EC) welcomed [press release] Microsoft's "ballot screen" [Reuters report] proposal, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Protesters in more than 100 cities [list] gathered Saturday to show opposition to the alleged Iranian human and civil rights violations which followed the nation's controversial presidential election [JURIST news archive]. The Global Day of Action [official website] was organized by United for Iran, a coalition made up of [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Crimes committed by US soldiers after returning from Iraq were caused by a lack of discipline combined with combat stress and substance abuse, according to a Colorado Springs Gazette report [text] released Friday. Ten infantry soldiers from a Fort Carson, Colorado military unit have been accused of murder, attempted [read more]

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