Legal news from Friday, June 19, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Texas financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile] appeared Friday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website], after being indicted [text, PDF; DOJ press release] on fraud and obstruction charges related to a $7 billion fraud scheme. Stanford, through his investment companies Stanford International Bank [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Irish government agreed Friday to hold another referendum on the European Union (EU) reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty [EU materials; text], after EU leaders agreed to certain concessions [presidency conclusions, PDF]. At a conference in Brussels, members of the Council of the European Union [official [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The arrests of protesters in Iran may not conform with the law, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay [official profile] said Friday, expressing concern [press release] over the increasing number of reported arrests [JURIST report]. Classifying freedom of expression and assembly as "fundamental human rights," Pillay commended [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] found Thursday that a Minnesota woman had violated music copyrights and assessed damages at $80,000 per song for 24 songs, totaling $1.92 million. In a retrial, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was found to have willfully violated [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Peruvian Congress [official website, in Spanish] voted Thursday to repeal controversial land laws [press release, in Spanish] that had led to indigenous protests and violent clashes last week when police attempted to disperse groups blocking access routes. Last week, the congress temporarily suspended [JURIST report] legislative decree 1090, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile] created a special committee Thursday to investigate alleged abuse and torture in the country's prisons. Comprised of eight members, the committee reportedly includes representatives [AP report] from human rights and judicial government agencies and security ministries. The panel [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Thursday against the US government, challenging the establishment of isolated cells within federal prisons that were allegedly created in violation of federal law. Filed against US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] and two Bureau of Prisons [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed a spending bill [HR 2847 materials] Thursday that denied the Obama administration's request for $60 million to close the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center and placed limits on the government's ability to transfer detainees to the US and release detainees to [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] unanimously passed a resolution [S Con Res 26 text, PDF] Thursday apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and racial segregation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) [official website] introduced and sponsored the concurrent resolution, which will next be voted on by the US House of Representatives [official [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [defense website; JURIST news archive] was found liable [opinion; order, PDF] to the company's shareholders for fraud Thursday by Judge Allwin Horn of Alabama's 10th Judicial District [official website] and ordered to pay $2.88 billion. The plaintiffs claimed that Scrushy encouraged others [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court [official website, in Serbian] on Thursday convicted [judgment, DOC, in Serbian] four former members of a Serbian paramilitary group [case materials, in Serbian] for the killings of 14 Kosovo Albanians in 1999, handing down sentences ranging from 15 to 20 [read more]

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