Legal news from Thursday, March 22, 2007
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website; Microsoft case materials] Commissioner on Competition [official website] told the European Parliament [official website] Thursday that Microsoft [corporate website; EU decision website; JURIST news archive] continues to use "abusive" business practices which steadily increase the company's domination of the workgroup server market. Commissioner [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee [official website] Thursday adopted a report on draft legislation [text, PDF; press release] designed to curtail increases in design piracy by imposing criminal penalties on commercial-scale IP infringement. The committee cited alleged links between pirated goods and organized crime to justify penalties which [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors filed papers Thursday in federal court recommending a reduced prison sentence for former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] for giving "substantial assistance" in another Washington corruption case. The "nature, extent and value" of his cooperation will be revealed in future filings, according to prosecutors. Abramoff was sentenced [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan suspended the work of 52 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Darfur [JURIST news archive] Thursday after allegations that they were not complying with regulations. The Sudanese government said the organizations would be able to resume work after talks with the government's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). United Nations Under-Secretary-General [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] British police arrested three men [press release] on Thursday in connection with the London transit bombings [JURIST news archive; BBC News timeline] on July 7, 2005 that killed 56 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 700 others. Two suspects were detained at Manchester Airport while catching a [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's four largest opposition parties - the Tagammu, Karama, Wafd and Nasserist parties [party websites] - announced Thursday they will boycott next week's referendum on controversial constitutional amendments [JURIST report] proposed last year by President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; JURIST news archive] and recently approved by lawmakers [JURIST report]. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all charges against Arnaldo Otegi [Wikipedia profile], the leader of Batasuna [BBC profile], which is alleged to be a front for the illegal Basque separatist militants ETA [BBC backgrounder]. Otegi had been charged with glorifying terrorism for praising an ETA member who killed herself [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday authorized subpoenas for former White House Counsel Harriet Miers [official profile], Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile], and several DOJ aides to testify and provide documents to the committee regarding the recent US Attorney firing scandal [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday granted a permanent injunction [decision, PDF] against enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) [text], a federal law that imposes civil and criminal penalties on website operators for making sexually explicit materials available to minors over the Internet and require adult websites to [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Northern Ireland's publicly-owned City of Derry Airport [airport website] and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website, UK office] are discussing the implementation of an official policy barring the United States and its allies from using the airport for controversial rendition [JURIST news archive] flights, AI announced [press release] Wednesday. If [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French court Thursday cleared Charlie-Hebdo magazine and director Philippe Val of defamation in last year's republication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] originally published in a Danish newspaper in September 2005. The court ruled that the defendants did not intend to purposely offend Muslims and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Argentine federal Judge Alberto Suarez Araujo ruled Wednesday that former president Reynaldo Bignone [Wikipedia profile] will face criminal charges for his alleged role in disappearances and human rights abuses during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. According Araujo's spokesperson, Bignone faces prosecution for the illegal arrest, [read more]

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[JURIST] One of the world's largest oil tanker companies was sentenced to pay a $27.8 million criminal fine for intentionally polluting the waters near five cities, the US Justice Department and the US Attorney's Office in Boston announced [press release] Wednesday. Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) [corporate profile] pleaded guilty [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Wednesday overturned [opinion text] the conviction of James Tobin [SourceWatch profile], President Bush's 2004 campaign chairman for New England. Tobin was convicted for his involvement in jamming phone lines to block Democratic voting drives [JURIST report] during [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International urged the US to abandon the military commission system [press release] and try Guantanamo Bay detainees in the federal courts in a report [text] released Thursday, just days before the US military is poised to begin military commission proceedings against David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Amnesty's report [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Community Rights Counsel (CRC) [advocacy website] said Wednesday that the new Judicial Conference Policy on Judges' Attendance at Privately Funded Educational Programs [PDF text; backgrounder] has not yet produced any public disclosures of travel expenses on judicial websites. According to the Judicial Conference:The Judicial Conference adopted a private [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Wednesday found Maksim V. Kashulinsky, publisher of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, guilty of defamation for saying publicly that the subject of an upcoming piece had filed a lawsuit to make changes to the story, and that Kashulinsky thought the lawsuit was a violation [read more]

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