Legal news from Monday, April 17, 2006
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad v. White [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], a case in which it will decide which of the three tests adopted by US courts of appeal should determine [read more]

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[JURIST] After serving 19 months in a Chinese prison on charges of disclosing military secrets and being told the charges would be dropped [JURIST report] last month, New York Times researcher Zhao Yan [HRIC profile, PDF] learned Monday that he may still be tried for his work on an article [read more]

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[JURIST] Reformist Egyptian judges Mahmud Mekki and Hisham Al Bastawissi face disciplinary hearings before Justice Minister Mahmud Abuleil, a judicial source reported Monday. The judges may possibly be terminated for leaking information to the press during last year's parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive] when they accused other judges of election [read more]

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[JURIST] A social worker testified Monday that convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] led a troubled childhood and adolescence that ultimately led him to radical Islamic beliefs, although Moussaoui spurned the testimony as he was led from the courtroom for a lunch recess. Jan Vogelsang [read more]

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[JURIST] Tyco. [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has agreed to pay the US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] a $50 million civil penalty [Tyco press release] and a $1 disgorgement fee for fraudulent accounting procedures used between 1996 through 2002, Tyco and SEC officials announced Monday. In exchange, the [read more]

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[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes prosecutor on Monday announced an investigation into alleged war crimes [JURIST news archive] committed by 10 Kosovo Albanian rebels during the 1999 conflict in the region. According to the announcement, three crimes involving two missing people and two others who were robbed are being probed. [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday issued a summary opinion [PDF text] in Gonzales v. Thomas, 05-552, holding that the 9th Circuit had prematurely decided the asylum claims of a South African family. The 9th Circuit granted asylum [PDF opinion] to Michelle and David [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal jury has found former Illinois Governor George Ryan [Wikipedia profile; defense website] guilty on multiple counts of corruption and fraud [indictment, PDF]. Ryan was charged along with lobbyist Lawrence Warner in connection with a bribes-for-licenses scandal originating in the Illinois Secretary of State's office which Ryan occupied [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, Japan [JURIST news archive] has raised concerns that a navigation ban on commercial ships in part of the East China Sea may actually violate Japan's sovereignty and international law under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea [text]. China's navigation ban covers part [read more]

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[JURIST] A controversial Russian law imposing restrictions on domestic and foreign nongovernmental organizations operating in the country took effect Monday. The new law, signed [JURIST report] by Russian President Vladimir Putin in January, implements strict registration requirements, imposes financial oversight on NGO operations, and provides for dissolution if an organization's [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday refused to hear the appeal of two Chinese Uighur detainees who continue to be held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] despite a determination that they are not enemy combatants. In December, US District Court Judge James Robertson [read more]

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[JURIST] Israeli police arrested seven Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website] in Jerusalem on Sunday, including top MP Mohammed Abu Teir. Jerusalem police claimed that the men were violating a decree banning a political rally in the city. The men were briefly interrogated and released without charges. [read more]

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[JURIST] Members of the Serbia-Montenegro parliament have passed a law to authorize the freezing of assets of fugitives accused of war crimes in an effort to comply with requirements of the European Union [official website] and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Serbia has promised the [read more]

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[JURIST] In a report read in court as the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed in Baghdad Monday, handwriting experts testified that some of the signatures on documents connected with the execution of 148 Shiite villagers belonged to Hussein. The documents include an execution order [text] allegedly signed by [read more]

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[JURIST] Nepal security forces on Monday fired on a group of pro-democracy protesters [JURIST news archive] in Nijgadh, killing at least one person and wounding five, marking the fifth incident where police have fired upon protesters [JURIST report] since widespread demonstrations against the rule of King Gyanendra [official website; BBC [read more]

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