Legal news from Wednesday, August 27, 2008
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Inventor Judas Klausner filed a patent infringement suit Tuesday against nine companies, including Google, Inc., Verizon Communications, and LG Electronics [corporate websites], alleging that they infringe on his visual voicemail technology patent. The technology involves providing a visual list of voicemail through which a user can view and retrieve [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have released activist Hu Shigen [profile] after 16 years of imprisonment, the group Human Rights in China (HRIC) [advocacy website] announced Tuesday. Hu had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for carrying out counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement and organizing a counterrevolutionary group. HRIC Executive Director Sharon [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has asked the Washington Supreme Court [official website] to determine whether the sister of a man whose bodily tissues were harvested for medical research without consent may sue for damages. In an order [PDF] issued Tuesday, a Ninth [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Chinese couple are eligible for asylum because they reasonably feared persecution as members of the Falun Gong sect [group website; BBC backgrounder]. Zhao and Duan came to California in 2001, several [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] announced Tuesday that a military court had sentenced a former West Bank mayor to six years in prison after finding him guilty of belonging to and assisting the militant group Hamas [JURIST news archive; CFR backgrounder]. Former Mayor Hatam Ridah Jarrar (also [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Followers of the Kansas-based fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church [JURIST news archive; BBC report] plan to stage a protest at the funeral [press release] for late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) [profile] Saturday, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld an Ohio law limiting funeral protests. The [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has rejected constitutional challenges to civilian charges against former US Army Pvt. Steven D. Green in connection with the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl [JURIST news archives] and the killing of her family in Mahmudiya, Iraq (also "Mahmoudiya"). US District Judge Thomas Russell [official [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] has ordered the prosecution of Florence Hartmann [book publicity interview], former spokeswoman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC profile], on two counts of contempt for allegedly disclosing protected information [AP report] about the trial of former [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday ordered the federal government to release eight more grand jury transcripts from the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage case [trial transcript, PDF; JURIST backgrounder]. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein [official profile] emphasized [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistani government reinstated eight judges in the Sindh High Court [official website] in Karachi on Wednesday. The judges had previously refused to take office until the reinstatement of all 60 judges dismissed last year [JURIST report] by former President Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive], including former Supreme Court [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The North Atlantic Council (NAC) [NATO backgrounder], made up of representatives from 26 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website] member nations, urged Russia [JURIST news archive] to reverse its recognition of the independence of two Georgian territories [AP report] on Wednesday. The representatives denounced the decision as violative [read more]

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