December 6, 2011
by Drew Singer
Former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam on Monday began serving his prison sentence at a Massachusetts military base. A judge in October sentenced Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 million. The 11-year sentence was ...[read more]
November 29, 2011
by Drew Singer
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday blocked a proposed $285 million settlement with Citigroup Inc over the sale of toxic mortgage debt. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) put no effort into learning what Citigroup did wrong, Judge Jed ...[read more]
November 29, 2011
by Drew Singer
President of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Judge David Baragwanath on Monday issued a statement defending his program following a visit to Lebanon. Tribunal Vice President Judge Ralph Riachi accompanied Baragwanath on the visit, where they saw a spirit of compliance that made them ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Drew Singer
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of independent human rights experts on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties during the country's most recent incidents of civilian-police clashes. The rights experts, including the UN ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Drew Singer
A five-soldier jury on Friday convicted Army Staff Sgt. David Bram, 27, for a list of charges stemming from his attempt to cover up drug use in his platoon and also to kill Afghan civilians. Bram was sentenced to five years in prison for solicitation to commit premeditated murder and failure to ...[read more]
November 15, 2011
by Drew Singer
The Brazilian government on Monday granted citizenship for the first time to a foreigner based on his same-sex marriage. Spaniard Antonio Vega Herrera will become a Brazilian citizen due to his marriage with his Brazilian partner, according to the country's Federal Register. The news comes a ...[read more]
November 15, 2011
by Drew Singer
The Scottish Human Rights Commission on Monday condemned plans for a UK Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights would replace the UK Human Rights Act, but Commission leader Alan Miller said the new legislation would weaken civil liberties rather than protect them. Instead, he argued, the UK should ...[read more]
November 8, 2011
by Drew Singer
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday ruled that Ieng Sary, former deputy foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge regime is not protected from genocide charges by a 15-year-old royal pardon and amnesty. The court ruled that his amnesty does not apply to the ...[read more]
November 8, 2011
by Drew Singer
A Georgia law intended to combat assisted suicide actually infringes on First Amendment rights, defense lawyers argued to the Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday. The law makes it a felony for someone who "publicly advertises, offers or holds himself or herself out as offering that he or she will ...[read more]
November 1, 2011
by Drew Singer
The Egypt activist group No Military Trials for for Civilians on Sunday condemned the arrest and imprisonment of Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd el Fattah by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The blogger is accused of inciting violence during the Bloody Sunday Maspero ...[read more]

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