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Legal news from Wednesday, July 29, 2009
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iran officials said Wednesday that they plan to begin trials Sunday for 20 of those detained during protests of the controversial reelection [JURIST news archive] of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The protesters have been charged with crimes [PressTV report] ranging from vandalism and organizing riots [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Anti-death-penalty group Hands Off Cain [advocacy website] said Wednesday that the number of countries with capital punishment, as well as the total number of executions was down in 2008 [report] from the previous year. According to the group, at least 5,727 executions were carried out in the 46 countries [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern [official profile] announced Wednesday that Ireland will accept two detainees [press release] being released from the US prison facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The detainees will not be admitted as refugees, but rather with permanent residency rights [Guardian report], allowing them to [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a lawsuit against Iran over the 1984 assassination of former chief of the Iranian armed forces Gholam Oveissi in France by Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] may proceed. The suit was brought [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday called on the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to sign off on the release [filing, PDF] of their client, claiming Afghanistan is ready to repatriate him. The lawyers say that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement [press release] with Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] in litigation stemming from the 2003 collapse of the Italian dairy giant. Under the terms of the settlement, BOA will pay Pamalat USD $100 million, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Committee on Financial Services [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act [HR 3269 text, PDF], which would restrict the way in which executives for publicly-traded companies can be compensated. Committee members say the bill would discourage executive compensation [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The substantive portion of the civil trial of Boston University graduate student Joel Tenenbaum [defense website], accused of illegally downloading seven songs [complaint, PDF], began in Boston on Tuesday. On Monday, jury selection [Boston Globe report] was completed, and, in a significant setback for the defense team, led by [read more]

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