Legal news from Tuesday, June 26, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] terrorism conspiracy case heard new wiretap evidence Tuesday suggesting that Padilla's co-defendants supported Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive]. The prosecution first played a video interview that aired on CNN in 1997, in which bin Laden denounced the United States [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Deputy US Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced to 10 months in prison Tuesday for his role in the Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] lobbying scandal. As part of the negotiated plea deal, the Department of Justice recommended he serve five months in prison and [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] voted 39-2 Tuesday to endorse a non-binding resolution [H Res 121 text; press statement] asking Japan to formally apologize for enslaving Chinese women during World War II. The bill, drawing strong bipartisan support, now goes to the full US [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] said Tuesday that humanitarian abuses have become commonplace in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] as the armed conflict between the government and opposition forces escalates, "virtually unnoticed by the international community." Amnesty researcher Godfrey Byaruhanga said that while international attention [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 64-35 [roll call] Tuesday to revive the comprehensive immigration reform bill [S 1639 summary]. A little over a week ago Senate leaders said they would like to continue work on the bill [statement; JURIST report], which was shelved early this month after a 50-45 vote [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Nigerian court Tuesday dismissed a request by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer [corporate website] to throw out a $7 billion lawsuit [BBC backgrounder] filed by the Nigerian government over a drug experiment conducted in the 1990s that allegedly killed or disabled children. Pfizer lawyers argued that the case had been [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former French President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] will likely be questioned in an alleged corruption scheme [JURIST report] during Chirac's tenure as the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, Chirac's lawyer Jean Veil said Tuesday. Chirac, who headed the Rally for the Republic (RPR), now renamed [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website, in Chinese] convicted Chao Chien-min, son-in-law of President Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile], of insider trading Tuesday. The decision affirmed a lower court's verdict [JURIST report], which also imposed a $900,000 fine, but increased Chao's prison sentence from six years to seven years because [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith [official website] said Tuesday that the UK should initiate an inquiry into how interrogation techniques outlawed by the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] and the European Convention on Human Rights [text] were authorized and used by UK soldiers deployed in Iraq. Goldsmith, speaking [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's largest defense contractor BAE Systems [corporate website] said Tuesday that the US Department of Justice [official website] has initiated a formal investigation [press release] into BAE's compliance with anti-corruption laws amid allegations that BAE established a $120 million slush fund for members of the Saudi Royal family in [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday upheld [judgment] a Belgian law codifying the European Union's Third Money Laundering Directive [PDF text], which obligates lawyers to report facts or suspicion of their client's money laundering. The law was challenged by Belgian bar associations, but [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Election Commission of Thailand [official website, in Thai] is proceeding with criminal charges against two former government ministers under former Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra [BBC profile] for their alleged role in committing election fraud [JURIST report] during the voided April 2006 parliamentary elections [JURIST report]. Election Commission Secretary [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge from the US District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Lt. Col. Bruce D. Hopfengardner, a US Army Reserve officer, to 21 months in prison Monday and imposed a fine of $144,500 for Hopfengardner's involvement in a construction bidding and kickback scheme to defraud the [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi security officials issued an arrest warrant and raided the home Tuesday of Culture Minister Asad Kamal al-Hashimi to investigate allegations that al-Hashimi masterminded an assassination attempt against a parliamentary candidate in February 2005. Al-Hashimi, a Sunni, is the first member of the Iraqi cabinet to face an arrest [read more]

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