Legal news from Wednesday, November 22, 2006
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] has asked that the financial institutions being sued by and counter-suing bankrupt Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] negotiate a settlement with the company and has adjourned [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Supreme Court offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] will be decentralized and spread to various parts of the capital city of Kinshasa, or even to other Congolese cities, following fire damage to one-third of the building earlier in the week, according to a statement from [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi general and three senior officers have been arrested on accusations of corruption, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zawba'i [PDF profile - see p.10] told Reuters Wednesday. Although the reported arrest has not been confirmed by the US military or the Iraqi Defense Ministry, al-Zawba'i said Major General [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in New Orleans Wednesday rejected [order, PDF] a bid to have all federal lawsuits [consolidated litigation website] against Merck & Co. [corporate website] brought in connection with the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive] consolidated in a single national class action against the company. US District [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] Wednesday derided the recommendation of French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [BBC profile] that he stand trial for the 1994 killing of former president Juvenal Habyarimana [Wikipedia profile] as "bullying and arrogant." Kagame has denied involvement [JURIST report] in shooting down the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge Wednesday refused the request of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to have one of the judges removed from presiding over his tax fraud trial. Berlusconi and co-defendant David Mills [Guardian profile] had asked Judge Edoardo d'Avossa to remove himself [JURIST [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of advocacy groups filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in Florida Tuesday claiming that officials in Sarasota County failed to investigate or report various alleged malfunctions with the touch-screen voting machines and are calling for a re-vote in Florida's hotly-contested 13th Congressional District. People for the American Way, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Torture and ill-treatment in Russia is regularly used to extract confessions from suspects [AI press release], according to a report [text] released Wednesday by Amnesty International [advocacy website]. Noting that Russia was in violation of its national and international obligations, the human rights group found that Russian police regularly [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department has withdrawn its notice of appeal of a federal judge's decision to vacate the conviction [PDF text; JURIST report] of former Enron founder Ken Lay [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive]. Lay, convicted [JURIST report] in May of fraud and conspiracy charges [indictment, PDF] for [read more]

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