Legal news from Thursday, June 28, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) [official profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to over seven years in prison for bribery and obstruction of justice Thursday. Siegelman and former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] were convicted [DOJ press release] in June 2006 on federal bribery [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Quebec court Wednesday sentenced former Canadian advertising executive Jean LaFleur to 42 months in prison for his role in the Canadian federal sponsorship scandal [JURIST news archive; CBC backgrounder]. Lafleur pleaded guilty in April [JURIST report] to billing the Canadian federal government for work which was never done, [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese Sapporo High Court Thursday upheld a 2004 lower court decision [Japan Times report] rejecting a lawsuit brought by Chinese plaintiffs who say they were forced to work as slave laborers in mines and factories during World War II. The lawsuit, originally filed in 1999, sought nearly seven [read more]

18:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] military court Thursday acquitted three former employees of Australian Anvil Mining Ltd. [corporate website] who were charged [JURIST report] with complicity in war crimes committed when government soldiers killed more than 100 people [ABC Australia report] in the border town of [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Both the prosecution and the defense requested additional delays Thursday in the war crimes trial [case materials] of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Lawyers say they need more time to prepare for the first witness, who is currently scheduled to testify on Tuesday. Taylor's [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli President Moshe Katsav [official website; JURIST news archive] signed a plea agreement with prosecutors Thursday, under which he will admit to charges of indecent assault, sexual harassment, and obstruction of justice, and will resign from the presidency, in exchange for a suspended sentence and the dropping of rape [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously upheld a federal restriction on tobacco advertisements [judgment text] Thursday, finding it did not violate the free expression rights of tobacco companies. The suit was brought by the JTI-Macdonald, Rothmans, and Imperial Tobacco Canada [corporate websites], which challenged Canada's 1997 Tobacco [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Saifullah Paracha [advocacy website], a Guantanamo Bay detainee who blocked [JURIST report] the US military from performing a cardiac catheterization [AHA backgrounder] on him last November, is increasing ill and suffering from frequent fainting and chest pains, his lawyers said Wednesday. Paracha, a Pakistani detainee who suffered two heart [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A justice on the Pakistani Supreme Court [official website] said Thursday that the suspension [JURIST report] of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] has damaged Pakistan, calling the resulting litigation "not a case but a crisis." Presiding Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, speaking following arguments made by [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) [official website] announced Thursday that it has referred the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [Wikipedia profile], the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 [Wikipedia backgrounder] over the Scottish village of Lockerbie, to Scotland's High Court [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Diplomats from the United States and the European Union (EU) said Wednesday they have reached a provisional agreement [press release] on the US use of financial data from the Belgian-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [official website], formulating more EU oversight of the US Terrorist Finance Tracking [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted against limiting debate [roll call] on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill [S 1639 materials] for a second time Thursday, leaving doubt that the bill will be revisited in the fall or even next year. The 46-53 vote was far short of the two-thirds majority needed [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] told the Associated Press Wednesday that he will run for office in Japan's House of Councillors [official website] under the People's New Party (PNP) [party website, in Japanese] banner despite being subjected to house arrest [JURIST report] in Chile [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The White House Thursday rejected congressional subpoenas [JURIST report] for the testimony of former White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profile] and former White House Political Director Sara Taylor [SourceWatch profile] and their documents relevant to the ongoing probe of the US Attorney firings controversy [JURIST news archive]. In [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in the last three cases of its 2006 Term [Supreme Court archive] Thursday, including the consolidated cases of Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report] and Parents Involved v. Seattle School [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile], the former Belgian federal prosecutor who currently heads the UN investigation [JURIST news archive] into the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, is expected to replace Carla Del Ponte [official profile] as the next chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in the Russian federal republic of Kabardino-Balkaria filed criminal negligence charges Wednesday against two police officers who headed a police department in the neighboring federal republic of Ingushetia [official website] for allegedly failing to prevent the terrorists responsible for the 2004 Beslan hostage seizure [JURIST news [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney Paul K. Charlton [Wikipedia profile] testified [transcript] before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution Wednesday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] did not give enough consideration to the quality of evidence or the recommendations of the US Attorney and prosecutors involved in a [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Wednesday to re-hear [petition, PDF] the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [Brennan Center case materials], appealing the court's panel decision [PDF text; JURIST report] that the military cannot seize and indefinitely imprison [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US and European negotiators reached an interim agreement Wednesday on how trans-Atlantic airline passenger data-sharing [JURIST news archive] will be conducted, essentially modifying and renewing an existing interim agreement [JURIST report] which is set to expire at the end of July. According to German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [official [read more]

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