Legal news from Tuesday, January 6, 2009
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a lawsuit brought by an Islamic charity that alleged it was the subject of an illegal wiretap by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] may proceed. Judge [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) [advocacy website] on Tuesday reported that Chinese activist and blogger Chen Qitang was sentenced last month to two-and-a-half years in prison [press release] for impersonation and fraud. According to the group, Chen's wife Zhang Yueqing learned of his sentence when she [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Monday announced that two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website] officials and JetBlue Airways [corporate website] have paid a $240,000 settlement [press release] to a man who claims he was discriminated against on a flight. Raed Jarrar [personal blog] alleged [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Monday sentenced former legislator Al Amien Nur Nasution to eight years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $23,000 in fines in connection with bribery and blackmail charges. The court found Al Amien, former member of the House of Representatives agricultural and forestry commission, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the City of Chicago's use of mounted cameras that take pictures of motorists running red lights or making illegal turns does not violate equal protection or due process. More than [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website] on Monday nominated four former Clinton-era attorneys to high-level posts [press release] within the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. Obama has designated Elena Kagan as his pick for Solicitor General, David Ogden to be Deputy Attorney General, Tom Perrelli as Associate [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial for imprisoned Zimbabwe human rights activist and head of Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) [advocacy materials] Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website, JURIST news archive] was put on hold Monday until she recieves medical care. Mukoko was allegedly tortured and forced to ingest poisons while imprisoned in Chikurubi Maximum Security [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Paris court on Monday began a trial in absentia for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], for his alleged involvement in a suicide bombing of a Tunisian synagogue [BBC report] located in Djerba in April 2002. Al [read more]

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