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15:07 EDT

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co [corporate website] agreed to a $228 million settlement [press release] with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] over charges that it used fraudulent bidding practices for state and local government investment securities at taxpayers' expense. As part of the nonprosecution agreement, JPMorgan admits [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] An EU official told the Miami Herald Wednesday that Europe is still willing to resettle [Miami Herald report] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees despite Congress' efforts to prevent closure and transfers. In a display of commitment to a 2009 agreement [JURIST report] with the US, the EU reiterated [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Russia Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights urged amnesty for economic crimes in a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday that would include amnesty for the crimes of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Medvedev [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] must revise its current media ownership rules, effectively reinstating a ban on owning a television station and newspaper in the same market. The ban, though [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] spoke Tuesday on the importance of Haiti improving its human rights record [text], including trying ex-president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder]. Stressing the importance of rebuilding after Haiti's recent earthquake, Kang said reform must create a [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Dutch appeals court on Thursday sentenced Joseph Mpambara [Hague Justice Portal profile] to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Mpambara, a former member of extremist Hutu militia Interahamwe [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which was responsible for the deaths of thousands [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to a third set of contempt charges for failing to remove confidential information from his website in violation [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian military tribunal in Verona on Wednesday convicted and sentenced nine German soldiers [Corriere del Veneto report] for participation in the murder of approximately 350 Italian civilians during World War 2. Three alleged participants died before the trial. The accused were all members of the Hermann Goring Division [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] Tuesday with the US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] in an effort to bar importation of Samsung's smartphones and tablets. Apple claims [Dow Jones report] Samsung's "Galaxy" line copies its iPhone and iPad [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK failed to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights during its occupation in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled in two cases Thursday. In Al-Skeini and Others v. the United Kingdom [judgment text] the ECHR held that the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the US government cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding to organizations based on their prostitution stance, finding a violation of the First Amendment [text]. Upholding the injunction [opinion, PDF] issued by the US District Court [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] A delegation from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Wednesday warned of a potential humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Hani al-Majali, the delegation's head, warned of the potential crisis [SABA report] during a press conference after meeting with Yemeni officials to discuss [read more]

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