Legal news from Wednesday, January 16, 2008
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The number of political prisoners in Cuba [JURIST archive] has decreased from 283 at the end of 2006 to to 234 at the end of 2007, but human rights abuses continue in the communist Caribbean state, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) [El [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mark Deli Siljander [US Congress profile], a former Republican US congressman from Michigan and US representative to the United Nations, was indicted [indictment, PDF; DOJ press release] Wednesday for conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and forfeiture. The charges stem from Siljander's association with the [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Santiago Pedraz said Wednesday he will switch the focus of his investigation into genocide, torture, and other crimes against humanity in Guatemala's 36-year civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; BBC timeline] towards obtaining witness testimony in light of recent setbacks. The decision came after a Guatemalan court [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] New International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [ICC profile; JURIST report] said Wednesday that finding and prosecuting Balkan war crimes suspects will be a top priority under his leadership. Brammertz called on [statement] the states of the former Yugoslavia to cooperate [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of France [official website, in French] Wednesday overturned a November 2007 ruling by the Court of Appeal of Paris that approved the transfer [JURIST report] of Rwandan genocide suspect Dominique Ntawukuriryayo [ICTR case materials] to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website], [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in San Francisco sentenced former Brocade Communications Systems [corporate website] CEO Gregory Reyes Wednesday to 21 months in prison and imposed a $15 million fine for backdating stock options [SEC complaint, PDF]. Judge Charles Breyer stayed the sentence pending an appeal. A federal jury found Reyes [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Alia Moses Ludlum of the Western District of Texas [official website] has ordered the City of Eagle Pass, Texas [official website] to temporarily turn over 233 acres of its land to the federal government so it can begin construction of a 670-mile fence on the [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics [LII case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-937 [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a patent infringement case on whether a patent holder's rights may be exhausted through certain license agreements. LG [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush on Tuesday authorized the US Navy to continue using sonar [press release] in its anti-submarine warfare training off the coast of southern California despite a November 2007 ruling [PDF text; NRDC press release] by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The White House admitted late Tuesday that it had recycled its back-up computer tapes of e-mails prior to October 2003. US Magistrate Judge John Facciola ordered [PDF text; JURIST report] the White House earlier this month to report whether e-mails deleted from its servers in fact existed on back-up [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Supporters of Kenya's main opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) [party website], fought with police Wednesday during demonstrations staged across the country over the disputed re-election [JURIST report] of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile]. At least two protesters were killed and another half dozen injured as police [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two cases Wednesday, including New York Board of Elections v. Torres [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court upheld New York's procedure for selecting state trial judges. In New York, judicial candidates are selected [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Additional charges, including attempted murder, were filed Tuesday against the alleged plotters of an attack on Fort Dix [official website]. The US Attorney for New Jersey declined to say why the attempted murder charge was added, but a grand jury found that there was sufficient evidence to allow the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Henry Kennedy ruled [PDF text] Tuesday that the Libyan government and six Libyan officials should pay more than $6 billion in damages [plaintiff press release] to families of seven Americans who died in the 1989 bombing of French passenger jet UTA Flight 772 [BBC backgrounder], which [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] sent a letter [text] Tuesday to Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bringing criminal charges against Blackwater [corporate website; JURIST news archive] employees for the September 16 killings of 14 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] in West Baghdad would require surmounting numerous legal hurdles, US Department of Justice officials told Congress during a private meeting in December, the New York Times reported [read more]

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