Legal news from Wednesday, July 18, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] A warrant signed Wednesday by Florida Governor Charlie Crist [official profile] ended the state's temporary suspension on executions. The ban was instituted last December by then-Governor Jeb Bush after the botched execution of Angel Diaz [JURIST report, AI profile], who endured a 34-minute-long lethal injection that required a second [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury sitting at Camp Pendleton, California, Wednesday convicted US Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas [advocacy website] for his role in the 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Thomas was acquitted at court-martial of premeditated murder, making a false official [read more]

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[JURIST] Thailand's 2007 Crimes Act [The Nation - Bangkok report] became effective Wednesday, granting authority to Thai police to confiscate and search private computers. The law is reportedly aimed at reining in Internet pornography and libel, with some violations that threaten national security carrying prison sentences of up to 20 [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo [TrialWatch profile] can properly be tried in Spain for crimes against humanity. The decision comes after months of jurisdictional disputes. Last December, the Spanish High Court ruled that the country did not have jurisdiction [JURIST [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday denied UN immunity from prosecution [press release] to a UN human rights investigator in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] who is charged with corruption. UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda [official profile, DOC] was jailed [JURIST report] earlier this month after being charged [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Western nations said Wednesday they would continue working to free five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor [JURIST news archive] who were sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] in Libya [JURIST news archive] after being accused of infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus. The medics were [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's interim-government [JURIST report] lifted a ban on the registration of new political parties Wednesday, after the military-appointed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) [Wikipedia backgrounder] approved legislation formally ending the ban instituted by the military after its September 2006 coup [JURIST report]. The move will allow members of the dissolved [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Prime Minister's Office [official website] on Wednesday formally rejected any possible proposal to try Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] for the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline] in a foreign court or on foreign soil. Spokesperson for the prime minister, Michael Ellam, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday upheld a voter ID law [case docket] in that state, ruling against critics who argued that the ID requirement is essentially a poll tax. The 5-2 decision was split down party lines, with the Republican majority deciding that since voters who don't [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Co-prosecutors for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] submitted their first introductory submission [press release, PDF] Wednesday, referring factual allegations of 25 instances of murder, torture, unlawful detention, forced labor, as well as religious, political and ethnic persecution, and other crimes [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers [official profile] again refused Tuesday to testify in front of the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] regarding the allegedly political firings of eight US attorneys [JURIST news archive]. In a letter to the committee, Miers' lawyer repeated previous assertions [JURIST report] that [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US policy of deporting legal immigrants convicted of crimes has separated an estimated 1.6 million children and adults [press release] and resulted in the permanent exile of permanent residents for even non-violent misdemeanor offenses, according to a report [PDF text] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A court sitting at London's Old Bailey on Wednesday sentenced Abdul Muhid, Umran Javed, and Mizanur Rahman [JURIST reports] to six-year prison terms for inciting murder and racial hatred during a February 2006 protest [BBC report] against the republication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

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[JURIST] An Indian TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities) court on Wednesday sentenced three defendants to death for their roles in the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 in India's financial center. The three defendants, Pervez Sheikh, Abdul Turq, and Mohammed Mushtaq [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] has obtained a new legal team for former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; SCSL case materials], appointing on Tuesday Courtenay Griffiths, QC as lead counsel and Andrew Cayley and Terry Munyard to serve as co-counsels on [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo High Court [official backgrounder] on Tuesday reversed a 2003 ruling awarding 190 million yen (approximately $1.56 million) in compensation to 13 Chinese plaintiffs injured by World War II-era chemical weapons left in China by the Japanese military. The court's decision came on the grounds that the plaintiffs [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of children of Holocaust survivors have filed a class action lawsuit against the German government in an Israeli court, seeking German financial contribution to an annual $10 million therapy fund for approximately 15,000 to 20,000 so-called second-generation Holocaust survivors. In the lawsuit Monday, the second-generation survivors argued [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [PDF text] 2-1 Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] did not improperly enter into consent agreements with "animal feeding operations" (AFOs). Several community and environmental groups challenged the consent agreements, which allow AFOs to [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice's Corporate Fraud Task Force [official website] has obtained 1,236 corporate fraud convictions since its establishment five years ago, and has obtained more than one billion dollars [press release] in fines and restitutions, the DOJ said Tuesday. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales praised the work of [read more]

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