Legal news from Tuesday, June 2, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A court in China's Yunnan Province [official website, in Mandarin] on Tuesday sentenced three executives from a Chinese chemical company for polluting Yangzonghai Lake [Greenlaw backgrounder]. Chengjiang Jinye Industry and Trade Company chairman Li Dahong was sentenced to four years in jail [Xinhua report] and fined 300,000 yuan ($44,000 [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi court Tuesday convicted and sentenced an Iraqi man to life in prison for the 2004 kidnapping and killing of British aid worker Margaret Hassan [Times Online obituary]. Ali Lutfi al-Rawi, allegedly a member of a gang that kidnapped and killed Hassan in Baghdad, pleaded not guilty to [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday ended the house arrest of the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], the Pakistani militant group suspected of carrying out the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Lahore High Court said that there was insufficient evidence linking Hafiz Muhammad [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A team of investigators from the UN Human Rights Council [official website] arrived in Gaza Monday to begin examining alleged violations of international human rights law during December and January's fighting between Israel and Hamas. The team is headed by former South African Constitutional Court [official profile] judge Richard [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [JURIST news archive] executive Kevin Howard [DOJ materials] pleaded guilty [plea agreement, PDF] Monday to falsifying books and records in relation to Enron's broadband service. The plea resulted from accusations [complaint text] that Howard indirectly caused the false recording of revenue earnings for Enron by failing to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal court on Monday stayed habeas corpus challenges [opinion, PDF] brought by three detainees held at Bagram Air Base [official website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] pending appeal. Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] granted a motion [text, PDF ; JURIST report] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The decision to not release photographs [JURIST report] allegedly depicting detainee abuse followed warnings from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile] that releasing the photos would cause more violence and could delay the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, according to a McClatchy report [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said that appropriate steps would be taken [statement] to help prevent acts of violence related to the Sunday shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller [BBC profile]. Holder has enlisted the US Marshal Service [official website] to offer protection to other at-risk people [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A California court on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits discrimination based on gender orientation or identity in public schools. Judge Shelleyanne Chang of the Sacramento County Superior Court [official website] said that the challenge to California Education Code sections 220 and 210.7 [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official backgrounder] on Monday rejected the appeals of former Yukos [JURIST news archive] chief executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his former business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website]. The court dismissed all appeals [RIA Novosti report] from the preliminary hearings concerning the [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] denied [opinion, PDF] the government's motion on Monday to keep sealed unclassified judicial records connected to the imprisonment of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Judge Thomas Hogan ruled that the public has both First [read more]

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