Legal news from Tuesday, August 22, 2006
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] US officials have arrested eight people for allegedly attempting to buy weapons to use against the Sri Lankan military, and for attempting to bribe US State Department officials to remove their organization from the State Department's list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations [DS materials]. Following the arrests, federal prosecutors [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday filed a complaint in federal court seeking an injunction against Verizon Communications [corporate website] and the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) [official website] to prevent the PUC from demanding that Verizon attest in a sworn statement to comments previously made regarding [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Israeli military court on Tuesday charged Palestinian parliament speaker Aziz Dweik [official profile in Arabic; JMCC profile] with membership and activity in a terrorist organization, over Dweik's complaints that the Israel Defense Forces [official website] court has no jurisdiction over elected Palestinian officials. Dweik's next court hearing is [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Geneva Conventions of 1949 [text] is now the first international treaty to gain universal international acceptance, according to Jean-Philippe Lavoyer, head of the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website]. Lavoyer said on Monday that with accessions to the Geneva Conventions by [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [text; press release] Tuesday finding that security forces in Guinea [US Department of State backgrounder] are routinely torturing people to coerce confessions in an increasingly unstable domestic climate. According to the report, "the most common types of abuse committed by [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] on Monday voiced disapproval [speech transcript, PDF; press release] of congressional efforts to address "net neutrality," arguing that if current regulations do not prevent broadband providers from accepting money from content providers in exchange for preferential bandwidth treatment, or [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A UN committee charged with creating worldwide standards to protect persons with disabilities has been swamped with 150 proposed amendments to the draft convention [text] currently under discussion. The Eighth Session [UN materials] of the committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [official website; [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] has overturned [ruling, PDF] a Missouri law [text] banning sexually suggestive billboards on highways, saying that it was an unconstitutional infringement on commercial free speech. The court ruled Monday that the law, which was enacted in 2004 to [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday consented to a deferred-prosecution agreement [text] between federal prosecutors and investment banker Frank Quattrone [NNDB profile] that allows Quattrone to avoid a third trial on obstruction of justice and witness tampering charges [indictment, PDF] without admitting guilt. Under the deal, the indictment against Quattrone [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi official said Tuesday that an independent panel established to investigate the alleged March 12 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family at the hands of US soldiers in Mahmudiya has begun its inquiry. The US military has charged [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven suspects charged [JURIST report; BBC charge list] in connection with the foiled terror plot [JURIST report] to bomb airplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean appeared in a UK court for the first time Tuesday. Eight defendants were remanded in custody until a hearing on September 4, two were remanded [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Witness testimony began Tuesday in Saddam Hussein's trial [JURIST news archive] on genocide and crimes against humanities charges [JURIST report] in connection to the so-called "Anfal" operation [HRW backgrounder] that led to the killings of as many as 180,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s. Two survivors described [read more]

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