Legal news from Monday, February 2, 2009
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Monday voted 75-21 to confirm Eric Holder [professional profile] to serve as Attorney General. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] voted 17-2 to approve [JURIST report] Holder's nomination. Monday's debate over Holder's confirmation was partisan at times with committee chairman Senator [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] announced [Federal Register materials] Monday that it has instituted sanctions against Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean arms companies for violating US rules against the spread of weapons and missile technology. Under the sanctions, the companies are banned from trading with the US or US [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] has said that his office is considering arguments that the court may have jurisdiction over war crimes Israeli troops have allegedly committed in the Gaza Strip, according to a Monday report in the Times of London. Moreno-Ocampo had earlier said that [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Chinese human rights activist Huang Qi, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government's response to the earthquake in the Sichuan Province [BBC backgrounder], originally set for Tuesday, will now be delayed. A Chinese court on Monday scheduled the trial date for Tuesday, leaving Huang's attorney less [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The British government intends to present legislation that would allow for members of the House of Lords [official website] to be removed for improper behavior, according to a statement by UK Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw [official profile; JURIST news archive] during a Sunday [read more]

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