Legal news from Monday, February 5, 2007
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] Portugal is the latest country to open an investigation into alleged stopovers of secret CIA rendition flights [JURIST news archive] transporting terror suspects, according to a report from state-owned news agency Lusa [media website, in Portuguese] Monday. Last month, a report [DOC text] adopted by a European Parliament (EP) [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] announced Monday that he has appealed to the country's Constitutional Court [official website] a recently-passed bill he fears will illegally expand the cabinet's power at the expense of the presidency. The law, effective February 2, was supported by 366 of 370 [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Westar Energy [corporate website] CEO David Wittig [Wikipedia profile] was resentenced Monday to 24 months in prison, his third sentencing for charges stemming from a 2002 indictment [PDF] on bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. In July 2003, Wittig was given 51 months in prison; that sentence was [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] began Monday on charges of missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer for Watada's refusal to be deployed [JURIST report] to Iraq with his military unit. The court-martial is being held at Fort Lewis outside of Seattle [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The White House's proposed 2008 budget [budget website; table of contents] of $2.9 trillion released Monday allocates [DOJ budget summary] $21.8 billion for the Department of Justice, including a $227 million increase in anti-terrorism funding, a $214 million increase for Preventing Violent Crime, and an $89 million increase for [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is planning to follow up on a 2006 amendment [text, PDF] to the 1994 Violence Against Women Act with measures that would allow DNA samples to be taken from the majority of people arrested by federal agents, including illegal immigrants, the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] Monday authorized public release of audio recordings of the secret grand jury testimony of former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] after they are played at his trial. While Walton expressed concerns about releasing the tapes [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] ruled [text, in German] Monday that police in Germany [JURIST news archive] are not permitted to secretly access computer and Internet data stored on suspects' computers without proper authorization. The German high court held that police hacking is illegal [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Journalists increasingly face the potential of government prosecution and imprisonment when they choose to report on the activities of ruling governments in the Middle East, according to a new worldwide survey ["Attacks on the Press in 2006" text] released Monday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website]. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Apple Inc. [corporate website] and Apple Corps Ltd. [corporate website], the record label owned by the Beatles and their families, announced [press release] Monday they have reached a new compromise that replaces their 1991 trademark agreement [text] and resolves the prolonged trademark dispute over Apple Inc.'s use of the [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Eight former Bangladeshi ministers face allegations of corruption Monday after Bangladeshi security forces arrested 13 former ministers and senior politicians [JURIST report] in raids in Dhaka Sunday. The government cited recently promulgated emergency powers as the basis for the detentions. Human rights groups and the country's two main political [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy [official profile] Monday cautioned countries against the illegal and unacceptable use of child soldiers in armed conflicts at the opening of Free Children from War [conference materials], a two-day global conference in Paris drawing together representatives from about 60 nations. Hosted by the French [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy [official profile] warned Monday against apologizing for crimes committed during France's colonization of Algeria. His comments came in response to remarks made Sunday by prominent a French Socialist Party (PS) [official website] leader who called on France to recognize its crimes [JURIST report] in [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two human rights lawyers in Vietnam [JURIST news archive] were ordered to return to a police station for additional questioning Monday after they were detained over the weekend for hosting a discussion on human rights law. Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan were arrested at Dai's office [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The chairman of Hyundai Motors Group [corporate website] was convicted Monday of embezzling company funds [JURIST report] and allegedly using secret accounts to bribe politicians in South Korea [JURIST news archive]. Chung Mong-koo [Wikipedia profile] received a three-year prison sentence despite prosecutor petitions for a six-year prison term. Judge [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have brought new money laundering charges [MBK statement; JURIST report] against former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], his lawyers said Monday. Khodorkovsky was convicted in May 2005 of tax evasion [JURIST report] and sentenced to eight years in prison. The Russian [read more]

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