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Legal news from Tuesday, October 5, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sweden's international prosecutor Magnus Elving unveiled war crimes charges Tuesday against Swedish citizen and former Bosnian prison guard Ahmet Makitan. Makitan is accused [AP report] of violating the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War [text, PDF] by kidnapping people and torturing and insulting prisoners at a [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of Dutch judges on Tuesday rejected claims of judicial bias, ordering the trial of politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] on charges [prosecution materials, in Dutch] of making anti-Islamic statements to resume. The panel considered [CSM report] the accusation [JURIST report], but found that language [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in NASA v. Nelson [oral arguments transcript, PDF] on informational privacy. The issue is whether the government violates a federal contract employee's constitutional right to informational privacy when it asks in [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday sentenced Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad [BBC profile] to life in prison [FBI press release] for attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square in May. Judge [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A dispute among the Pakistani judiciary worsened on Monday as more than 1,300 civil judges resigned in protest over the treatment of judges by lawyers and to express solidarity with Lahore District and Sessions Judge Zawar A Sheikh. The resignations come amid nationwide demonstrations by lawyers protesting police treatment [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court on Tuesday dismissed money laundering and fraud charges against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], paving the way for his extradition to the US. The court found that there was insufficient evidence [BBC report], in addition to other technicalities, to [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced the filing of a civil antitrust lawsuit [press release] against credit card companies Visa, MasterCard and American Express [corporate websites]. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website], challenges [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Paris Criminal Court [official website, in French] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF; in French] "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to three years in prison and an additional two years suspended for fraudulent covert trading while working for French bank Societe Generale [corporate website, in [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Wilner v. NSA [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which lawyers for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees were seeking disclosure of whether conversations with their clients were wiretapped by the National Security [read more]

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