Legal news from Thursday, May 10, 2007
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Two lawyers pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a massive insider trading scheme that US federal prosecutors have called the most extensive such fraud uncovered since the 1980s. Former Morgan Stanley [corporate website] lawyer Randi Collotta and her husband Christopher admitted to conspiracy and securities fraud [DOJ press release] [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] Thursday ruled [press release] that Russian authorities were responsible for the 2001 death of a Chechen man who died after he was taken into Russian custody during a raid. The court ordered Russia to pay €62,285 compensation [judgment text] to the [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Charges [PDF charge sheet] against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] have been formally referred to a military commission [JURIST news archive], according to a statement from the US Department of Defense Thursday. Hamdan is charged with conspiracy and providing material support [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] questioned [hearing materials] Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Thursday about the US Attorney firing scandal [JURIST news archive], demanding to know whether White House officials ordered the firings of prosecutors for political reasons. Gonzales said his former chief of staff Kyle [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish parliament Thursday passed a constitutional amendment changing the process to select the country's president. From this point the president will be elected by popular vote rather than chosen by legislators. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish; Wikipedia backgrounder] fought for the amendments [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Drug maker Purdue Pharma LP [corporate website] pleaded guilty Thursday and agreed to pay $634.5 million [plea agreement, PDF] in fines for misleading the public about the addiction risk of a painkiller it produced. According to prosecutors, Purdue knew in 1995 that doctors were worried that the drug OxyContin [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Churches across the US have agreed to become part of the New Sanctuary Movement [advocacy website], a program to protect illegal immigrants from arrest and deportation and place pressure on the government to make becoming a citizen an easier process. Thus far, churches in five large US cities have [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Member nations to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) [text] marked the 10th anniversary of the accord [OPCW materials] at an unveiling of a memorial dedicated to chemical warfare victims at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] in the Netherlands on Wednesday. [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court of Ireland [official backgrounder] ruled Wednesday that the Irish constitution [PDF text] does not prevent a minor girl in state care from traveling to the UK to have an abortion. Lawyers appointed by Attorney General Rory Brady [official website] argued that the constitution precluded state employees [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police have registered a case [GeoTV report] against unidentified persons for firing at the house of Munir A. Malik, lawyer for suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, early Thursday morning. Malik told GeoTV that the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit [ACLU materials] brought by illegal immigrant detainees over their transfer from Massachusetts to Texas holding centers following a March 6 factory raid in which 360 people were arrested. Lawyers for the detainees argued that the government moved them [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney Todd P. Graves [firm profile] was forced to resign from his post with the Western District of Missouri last year after he expressed a difference of opinion with the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on politically sensitive cases, Graves told the New York Times Wednesday. [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Syria [JURIST news archive] will take no part in the establishment of a UN tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] if the tribunal acts to undermine the country's sovereignty, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told members of the [read more]

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