Legal news from Wednesday, November 14, 2007
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Nations that support the use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive] Wednesday criticized a UN draft resolution [text; JURIST report] to impose a world-wide moratorium on the capital punishment. The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] is scheduled to vote on the resolution Thursday; if it passes, it [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Philadelphia judge ruled that Wednesday that Wal-mart Inc. [corporate website; JURIST news archive] must pay attorney fees and other costs for a class of Wal-Mart employees that had brought suit against the retail giant for denying them payment for work done during rest breaks. Philadelphia Court of Common [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Pakistani government Wednesday urged the reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] to validate General Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency. In court papers filed in response to a challenge petition [JURIST report] brought earlier this week, counsel for Musharraf argued that the petition was itself illegal [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Paris Wednesday approved the transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Dominique Ntawukuriryayo [ICTR case materials] to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website]. The former public official was arrested in France [JURIST report] last month. He has been charged [indictment, PDF] [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee was convicted by a Tunisian court Wednesday on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. Abdullah al-Hajji Ben Amor [HRW profile] was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was convicted in absentia on the same charges in Tunisia in 1995, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday agreed to a $30 million settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [materials; DOJ backgrounder] charges against Chevron [corporate website] in connection with the oil company's alleged involvement in a scheme to exchange illegal payments to Iraqi officials under [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistani government will provide pension and other benefits to Supreme Court and High Court judges dismissed from their positions in the wake of the November 3 declaration of emergency rule, independent station Geo-TV reported on its website Wednesday. Officials have decided that the judges who refused to take [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Iran [JURIST news archive] has charged a former key nuclear negotiator with espionage, the state news agency IRNA [official website] reported Wednesday. Hossein Mousavian was arrested [Al Jazeera report] in May on suspicions that he passed classified information to the British embassy and other foreigners. Mousavian [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [PDF text; NRDC press release] Tuesday that the US Navy's use of high-powered sonar should be limited during training exercises in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The Court vacated its earlier stay on a temporary [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile [official website] affirmed seven convictions and overturned one on Tuesday in cases involving murders committed by state agents during the 1973-90 regime of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Former Air Force General Freddy Ruiz Bunger and six former members [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard [official profile] Wednesday testified before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] and denied allegations [opening statement, PDF] that he politicized the Inspector General's Office by obstructing inquiries that could harm the Bush administration. The allegations brought against Krongard [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgian Republic will end its national state of emergency [JURIST report] this Friday, Georgian Speaker of Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze [BBC profile] said Wednesday. Burdzhanadze made the announcement on behalf of the government in a televised statement after the US called on Georgia to end emergency rule. After several [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed legislation by voice vote Tuesday that would ban federal prosecutors from threatening to prosecute corporations for refusing to turn over information protected by attorney-client privilege [ABA backgrounder]. The Attorney-Client Privilege Act of 2007 [HR 3013 materials] would bar prosecutors from demanding [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website] told AP Wednesday that he expects to give up his position as army chief by the end of the month. Opposition groups had challenged Musharraf's eligibility to run for re-election as president while he still served as head of the army. The Supreme [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian prosecutors issued court summonses Tuesday for five Argentinians accused of falsely implicating an Iranian group with masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The five accused - former Interior Minister Carlos Corach, president of the bombed community center Ruben Beraja, judge Juan [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] New US Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] was installed during a ceremony at the Justice Department Wednesday in front of hundreds of officials and DOJ lawyers. Although officially sworn-in [JURIST report] last Friday, Mukasey again took the oath of office in an installation ceremony [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights ruled [opinion text] Tuesday that the educational separation of Roma children in the Czech Republic violates principles of human rights. By a vote of 13-4, the court held that the separation amounts to racial discrimination [ECHR press release] in violation of Article 14 [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility [official website] has reopened an investigation into the administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] after recently being granted the necessary security clearances previously denied to DOJ investigators, OPR chief H. Marshall Jarrett said in a Tuesday letter to US [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday approved [PDF text] the language of an anti-abortion group's proposed ballot initiative [PDF text] that would amend the Colorado constitution to define a fertilized egg as a "person" entitled to "inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law" under [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] An FBI investigation [JURIST report] has concluded that private security personnel in Iraq shot and killed 14 Iraqi civilians without justification during a September 16 incident [JURIST report] in Baghdad, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The investigators found that many as five Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.