Legal news from Friday, June 15, 2007
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian delegation to the Extraordinary Conference of the States Parties to the CFE Treaty [official website] in Vienna expressed displeasure at the close of talks Friday and repeated calls for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website] to ratify the 1999 revision [text] of the Conventional Forces [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Following a Friday meeting [press release, in Polish] with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski [official websites] told the Polish daily newspaper Dziennik [media website] he was optimistic that a compromise on a controversial voting system for the European constitution [JURIST news archive] could be reached, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Seven men [BBC backgrounder] who conspired with British al Qaeda leader Dhiren Barot [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to launch attacks in Britain and the US were sentenced to a combined 136 years in prison [London Metropolitan Police press release] Friday in London's Woolwich Crown Court. The shortest sentence [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Colombia's Congress approved legislation giving same-sex couples who have cohabited for over a period of two years similar rights as regular common law marriages Thursday, which will guarantee equal rights in areas such as welfare benefits and property inheritance. The measure, opposed by the Roman Catholic church but supported [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rights complaints by Muslims in the US rose 25 percent in 2006, according to an annual report on civil rights [PDF text; press release] released Thursday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy website]. The group attributed the jump to a rise in anti-Muslim bias, particularly seen in [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) [official website, in Russian] Friday announced it is investigating allegations made by Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] that the deceased former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline] and alleged coup plotter Boris Berezovsky [JURIST news archive] [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that it has filed suit [SEC complaint, PDF; press release] against the heads of a technology company and two lawyers who assisted the company in an illegal "pump and dump" penny stock scheme. Arizona lawyer [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese district courts in Kochi and Sapporo Friday rejected the claims of two groups of Japanese abandoned in China as children [Kyoto Journal backgrounder] after World War II, ruling that the current Japanese government was not obligated to compensate the so-called "war orphans" [JURIST news archive] because Japan had [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Thursday that charges [Central Command press release; JURIST report] against Lt. Col. William H. Steele, the former commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment in charge of the detention facility at Camp Cropper [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Iraq, has been referred to a court-martial on charges [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) [official websites] confirmed in a letter [PDF text] to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that an ongoing DOJ internal investigation into politicized hiring decisions [JURIST report] has expanded to include an alleged March [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Javaid Iqbal, who alleges he was detained "solely because of [his] race, religion, and national origin" following the September 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive] and subjected to mistreatment during detention, can proceed with civil [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A five-member team of UN investigators concluded in a confidential report to the UN Security Council disclosed Thursday by the New York Times that former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] may retain control over large sums of personal assets located in Nigeria and Liberia. Taylor [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury convicted former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) [JURIST news archive] member James Ford Seale [Wikipedia profile] Thursday of two counts of kidnapping resulting in death and one count conspiracy for Seale's role in the kidnapping and death of two 19-year old teens in Mississippi in 1964. Seale, [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian military court convicted four army soldiers in the January 2002 killing of six Chechen civilians [Amnesty backgrounder] Thursday, sentencing them to between 14 and 9 years in prison. The four defendants, three of which remain fugitives and were tried in absentia, had previously been tried and acquitted [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A top US Justice Department official testified Thursday that the Bush Administration remains opposed to a proposed shield law [text; HR 2102 materials] that would protect media from federal pressure to reveal sources. Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand testified [prepared statement, PDF] during a House Judiciary Committee hearing [HJC [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NE) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [official websites] said in a joint statement [text] Thursday that senators will return to the stalled Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 [S 1348 summary; JURIST report] after they finish work on an energy bill. [read more]

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