Legal news from Monday, March 17, 2008
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Philippines v. Pimentel [LII case backgrounder; ABA merit briefs], 06-1204 [docket], where the Court considered whether some 9,000 plaintiffs seeking to recover assets held by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos [official profile] can [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday ordered [PDF text] that former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] should be retried before a new federal judge. Nacchio had appealed his April 2007 insider trading conviction [JURIST report] for selling $52 million [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Monday upheld [PDF text] a lower court decision blocking a Minnesota law [text; JURIST news archive] imposing fines on minors who purchase adult-rated video games. A US district judge had blocked [JURIST report] the law that would impose a [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawyers will hold nationwide protests if the reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website], now packed with judges loyal to President Pervez Musharraf, tries to prevent a parliamentary reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and other superior court judges Musharraf ousted [JURIST report] last year, Pakistani Supreme [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda asked Peruvian President Alan Garcia during talks in Tokyo Monday to ensure that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is treated fairly during his ongoing trial on murder and kidnapping charges [JURIST report], which stem from the military killings of [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian parliamentarian Monday introduced a bill [text] in the Parliament of Australia [official website] that would call for the appointment of an independent reviewer to evaluate Australia's counterterrorism laws. Petro Georgiou [official profile] of the Liberal Party [party website] noted that more than 30 counterterrorism measures have been [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] sharply criticized Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in a Monday address to the Indian Supreme Court and its bar, saying that Musharraf's ouster of Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday agreed to hear eight cases [Order List, PDF], including FCC v. Fox Television Stations (07-582) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], where the Court will review a June 2007 ruling [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Monday upheld a July 2007 decision refusing to grant medical release [JURIST report] to jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour [advocacy website; JURIST news archive]. The court reportedly held that Nour, who suffers from heart disease and diabetes, can receive adequate medical treatment in prison [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The violence that wracked Kenya after the nation's disputed 2007 presidential election [JURIST report] was carefully organized by "local leaders, politicians, and businessmen from all sides," according to a report [HRW materials; press release] released Monday by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. Based on over 200 interviews with witnesses [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The human rights situation in Iraq is "disastrous" [press release] five years after the US-led invasion of the country, according to a report [PDF text] from Amnesty International [advocacy website] released Monday. According to the report's introduction:Five years after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussain, Iraq is one [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, English version] on Monday said it will decide whether to consider a bid to disband the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] within ten days, adding that the court is in the process of appointing a rapporteur to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Exiled Tibetan spiritual and political leader Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama [personal website; BBC profile] on Sunday accused China of committing "cultural genocide" [recorded video] in Tibet, and said he will not call for an end to ongoing protests [BBC backgrounder] in the region. He reiterated the right [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Newly elected members of the National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] took their oaths of office Monday, marking a shift in power to a new majority opposed to Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Though neither party won an outright majority in February's parliamentary elections, the [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Three former police officers have been convicted and sentenced to jail by a Ukrainian court for their roles in carrying out the murder of prominent Ukraine opposition journalist Heorhiy Gongadze [BBC report]. Mykola Protasov was sentenced Saturday to 13 years, while Valeriy Kostenko and Oleksandr Popovych each received a [read more]

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