Legal news from Tuesday, August 14, 2007
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] said in closing arguments Tuesday that the government had failed to prove its case against their client, saying that Padilla had traveled overseas to study Arabic and not to engage in terrorism as argued by prosecutors. Closing arguments began [JURIST report] [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A German state administrative court affirmed a ban on religious headscarves [JURIST news archive] in the federal district of North Rhine-Westphalia [government website] Tuesday, rejecting a teacher's argument that her headscarf was merely a "fashion accessory" and ruling that it was a symbol of her religious belief. In June, [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [Wikipedia backgrounder] to seven years for extortion and three years for manipulating elections. The defendants, twelve of whom were convicted in absentia, include BNP party workers, leaders, and a former lawmaker; they will each serve [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Disagreements and rivalries between the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hampered terror investigations, according to a report [PDF text] released Monday by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) [official website]. The report, compiled by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese opposition party leader Ma Ying-jeou [personal website, in Chinese; Wikipedia profile] was acquitted of corruption and accounting fraud charges by the Taipei District Court [official website, in Chinese] Tuesday. The court ruled [PDF text, in Chinese] that there was no evidence that Ma had misappropriated a special [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is working to complete new guidelines limiting how federal courts can review state-issued death sentences, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The guidelines will implement a provision included in the 2006 renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text; JURIST report], [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The United States has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] to establish a "dispute settlement panel" [press release] in its case against China for alleged lax enforcement of copyright and trademark violations [JURIST report; WTO backgrounder], the Office of the US Trade Representative [official website] announced Monday. [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Supreme Court Judge Tonglor Choam-ngam issued arrest warrants Tuesday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn, saying that the court had reason to believe that couple are "evading prosecution" by remaining in exile. Thaksin and Pojamarn are accused of [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Monday ordered five reporters to testify [memorandum opinion, PDF] about government sources who provided them information about former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Seteven J. Hatfill [WashPost profile], who was identified as a "person of interest" in the investigations of the 2001 [read more]

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