Legal news from Tuesday, October 16, 2007
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Tuesday called for an increased effort to uphold the "fundamental human right" to food for some 854 million around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. In a message marking World Food Day [official website], Ban called for cooperation to uphold the [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of representatives Tuesday voted 398-21 [roll call] to pass a shield bill [HR 2102 materials] that would prevent courts from compelling reporters to disclose confidential sources. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, sponsored by Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va) [press releases], would [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos Tuesday summoned [press release] Jerry Yang, chief executive of Yahoo! Inc. [corporate website], to testify before a hearing next month regarding allegations that the Internet giant gave false information to Congress about its role in human rights violations committed by the [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York City is willing to discuss settlement in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of over 9,000 firefighters and cleanup workers who may have inhaled toxic dust during the post-9/11 World Trade Center cleanup, Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] said Tuesday:"Every time we are sued we will always [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Hispanic advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson [official profiles], claiming that a recently approved state law limiting government privileges allowed illegal immigrants is unfair to all immigrants. Lawyers for the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa [official website, BBC profile] said Monday that the country's newly elected Constituent Assembly [JURIST report] will consider transforming the current Constitutional Tribunal [official website] into a Constitutional Court insulated from political pressure. While the new court would still determine the constitutionality of laws, its members [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Legal Counsel [official website] said Monday that an international convention may be the solution to jurisdictional problems of criminal accountability of UN officials and experts on mission [press release; background materials]. Addressing the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, Under-Secretary-General Nicolas Michel [JURIST news archive] said that offenders [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled Tuesday that three of the five counts of a suit filed by the father of a fallen Marine against the renegade Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this church website offensive; BBC report] may [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Nevada Supreme Court Monday issued a stay of all executions [order, PDF; press release] pending a US Supreme Court ruling in a case challenging lethal injection as unconstitutional [Baze v. Rees (07-5439) docket; certiorari petition, PDF] under the Eighth Amendment. The order issued after oral arguments [recorded audio] [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] said Tuesday after a meeting with Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey [WH fact sheet; PBWT profile] that the Senate will likely approve Mukasey without undue delay. Mukasey's confirmation hearings before the Judiciary Committee are scheduled to begin Wednesday [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague Tuesday affirmed [judgment summary; press release] the November 2005 lower court acquittal [JURIST report] of former Bosnian Army commander Sefer Halilovic [ICTY case backgrounder] on war crimes charges [indictment]. In dismissing the prosecution's [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft said Tuesday that it will withdraw its Seoul High Court appeal of a 2006 antitrust ruling by the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) [official website]. Last July, Microsoft said it would comply with sanctions [JURIST report] imposed by the KFTC after the Seoul High Court rejected its [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] upheld [judgment text] mandatory retirement ages in the European Union Tuesday, saying that mandatory retirement policies do not violate the prohibition against age discrimination if the policy is intended to further the legitimate public interest of increasing employment and the retirees are [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) wants access to thousands of people that have been detained in Myanmar [press release] in an ongoing crackdown [JURIST report] on opponents of the ruling military junta, ICRC Director of Operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl said Tuesday. Kraehenbuehl said the ICRC has not [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Three telecommunications companies have declined to provide information to Congress [press release] about the role they played in the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], citing White House objections to their disclosures, national security and pending litigation. Responding by letter to a request [PDF text] made [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Alaska state Representative Tom Anderson [official profile] was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for his conviction on seven counts of bribery and corruption [JURIST report] by an Anchorage federal jury in July. Anderson, a Republican, was accused of accepting nearly $26,000 he believed to be from [read more]

00:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mercury Interactive on Monday settled [press release] derivative lawsuits filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California regarding allegations of stock options backdating. The software company, acquired [CNET report] by Hewlett Packard (HP) [corporate website] in November 2006, will pay $117.5 million as part of [read more]

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