Legal news from Thursday, July 24, 2008
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Senegal [JURIST news archive] has formally adopted a constitutional amendment giving the nation's courts jurisdiction over the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive], according to a Thursday statement [text] by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The group expressed doubt that the nation [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo [official profile] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against financial firm UBS [corporate website] on Thursday for allegedly misrepresenting so-called "auction rate securities" as low-risk despite the actual volatility of such investments. In the complaint, Cuomo alleges that UBS led investors to believe they [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday that he has appointed South African judge Navanethem Pillay [ICC profile] as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing departing commissioner Louise Arbour [JURIST report]. Pillay, a former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and a current [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Officials at the US Chamber of Commerce's affiliate, the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) [official website], said in a report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday that the system of heavy securities class action litigation in the US is inefficient, unnecessary, and harmful to the US economy. The report [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee [official website] on Thursday held hearings [RM Video; hearing materials] on a bill designed to give Native American courts and law enforcement broader authority to combat violent and sex-related crimes. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and 12 co-sponsors introduced the Tribal Law and Order [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An immigration policy reform group Wednesday called on the Northern California US Attorney's Office [official website] to take over a murder investigation involving an illegal immigrant who previously avoided deportation under a 2007 San Francisco sanctuary ordinance [City of Refuge Ordinance text; press release]. Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday convicted [judgment summary; press release] a Kosovar journalist on contempt of court charges and fined him 7,000 euros for revealing the identity of a witness in the war crimes trial of former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] on Thursday threatened to sue several unknown persons whom he alleges kidnapped Karadzic last week. Serbian officials have said that Karadzic was arrested on Monday [JURIST report], but Karadzic disputes that date, saying [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday held that the REAL ID Act of 2005 (RIDA) [PDF, text; JURIST news archive] gives a "reasonable opportunity" for judicial review to those aliens whose removal orders became final before RIDA entered into effect. Prior to RIDA's [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [official website] argued on Wednesday that it should be immune from lawsuits brought by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] evacuees who claim they were injured by toxic fumes released by emergency trailers provided by the agency. FEMA made the argument before the US [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] part of a Florida law [text] that requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 to obtain parental permission before they can be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance [text; JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

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