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Legal news from Friday, February 18, 2011
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for an end to violence against protesters [statement text; video] in Bahrain, referencing recent attempts to quell protests sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa [BBC backgrounder]. Ban said that he is "disturbed by all these violent means of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Three Turkish journalists allegedly involved with aiding the Ergenekon coup plot [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] were jailed Friday amid foreign concerns for the treatment of journalists within the country. Members of the Ergenekon plot allegedly planned to assassinate prominent members of Turkey's Christian and Jewish minority groups, blame [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Thursday sentenced Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese airport cargo handler, to life in prison [FBI press release] for conspiring to commit terrorist attacks on John F International Kennedy Airport (JFK) [official website]. Defreitas [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of US geologist Xue Feng [advocacy website], sentenced to eight years in prison for committing industrial espionage. The court's decision was immediately met with expressions of disappointment [official statement] by US Ambassador to China John Huntsman [official profile], who said [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Russian officials to reform institutions to protect the rule of law [news release] in Russia. Pillay claimed that the Russian people do not trust government institutions, in part because of the ongoing harassment of journalists and [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday asked federal judge Roger Vinson to clarify his ruling [motion, PDF] to require states to enact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [text; JURIST news archive] during the pendency of the government's appeal. In the motion, the government [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] said at a congressional hearing Thursday that Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] is unlikely to be closed [video] because of security concerns. Responding to a question from the Senate Armed Forces Committee [official website], Gates said that the odds of closing the [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Thursday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit filed by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], ruling that he has no right to sue for constitutional violations. Padilla alleged he was isolated and tortured [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] former financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of defrauding investors [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] out of $7 billion in a Ponzi scheme, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing federal agents of violating his constitutional rights. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 279-143 [roll call vote] to extend three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive] through May 27. The measures were set to expire on February 28. The provisions extended include roving wiretaps, "lone wolf" terrorism [read more]

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