Legal news from Monday, June 25, 2007
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] is urging the US government [press release], including the Departments of State and Commerce, the Office of the US Trade Representative [official websites], and various House and Senate committees, to fight the rise of global Internet censorship [JURIST news archive], according to Monday reports. Google's Director [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Canada [JURIST news archive], currently investigating whether detainees in Afghanistan were abused while in Canadian custody [JURIST report], will not make inquiries into allegations of torture or abuse after the detainees were transferred to Afghan officials [JURIST report], according to Monday reports. Lieutenant-Commander Philip Anido, a [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates [official website] said Monday that Portugal - which takes over the rotating EU presidency from Germany in July - would work to have negotiations pursuant to Saturday's landmark agreement [JURIST report; press release] on an EU reform treaty finalized by October. Portugal's Permanent Representative [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutors said Monday they will seek the extradition of 13 US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agents they believe to be responsible for the alleged 2003 kidnapping and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of German national Khalid El-Masri [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. US State Department Deputy [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi [advocacy website, in Persian; JURIST news archive] Monday accused the Iranian government of interfering in judicial affairs to prevent the release of two US clients currently detained by Iranian authorities. In a letter to Iranian Judiciary [official [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Monday in four cases [order list, PDF] to be heard next term. In Riegel v. Medtronic (06-179) [docket; cert. petition] the court will decide whether Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] regulation of medical devices protects manufacturers, [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation [official website, in Russian] has upheld a 2006 Moscow ban on gay pride parades [JURIST report], dismissing an appeal by parade organizers [JURIST report]. The decision handed down Friday upheld a Moscow City Court ruling in May of last year finding that [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Tel Aviv ruled Monday on an appeal [JURIST report] by Omri Sharon [JURIST news archive], reducing his prison sentence for corruption from nine to seven months. Sharon, son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, pleaded guilty in 2005 to charges of campaign finance violations [JURIST [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] China's National People's Congress [official website] on Sunday revised a proposed law regulating media during national emergencies [JURIST report] after delegates and local people's congresses criticized the law as improper. The proposal, first introduced last June, would have imposed fines up to $13,000 on media outlets that report on [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in five cases Monday, including Morse v. Frederick [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that public schools do not violate the First Amendment rights of students by sanctioning them for speech during a [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday declassified a 693-page file detailing the CIA's illegal activities compiled from a comprehensive internal investigation initiated in May, 1973 by then-CIA director James R. Schlesinger [corporate profile] following the Watergate scandal [BBC backgrounder]. The probe revealed multiple [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Sydoruk has said that the country should police Internet sites to prevent the spread of extremist material, according to the newspaper Kommersant [media website] Friday. Extremism has recently been a major concern for Russian politicians [JURIST report] due to deadly attacks on dark-skinned foreigners. [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] China's National People's Congress [official website] Sunday began considering measures to codify legal ethics, improve criminal suspects' access to defense lawyers and evidence, and allowed experienced lawyers to establish individual private law firms. The reforms, which guarantee lawyers the right to meet defendants in all cases with the exception [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian state security court convicted Muhammad Sayed Saber of spying for Israel's Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad) [official website] Monday and sentenced the former Egyptian Atomic Energy Agency [FAS backgrounder] employee to life in prison. Two foreign nationals, Brian Peter of Ireland and Shiro Izo of [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] continued his boycott [JURIST report] Monday of the judicial proceedings against him during the second day of his trial at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website]. Taylor is demanding that the court either allow him [read more]

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