Legal news from Friday, July 17, 2009
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday in favor of three organizations that had challenged the denial of a visa to a controversial Swiss Muslim scholar, reviving their claim. Tariq Ramadan [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive] had been invited to teach [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese officials from Beijing's Civil Affairs Bureau on Friday shut down [press release, in Chinese] the legal research center of the Gongmeng [advocacy website, in Chinese] human rights group. Officials confiscated computers and other equipment, telling staff that the center was not properly registered [AP report]. A lawyer for [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Finance expert William Brodsky [FIA profile] on Friday called for the merger [testimony, PDF] of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official websites]. Brodsky and others testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services [official website] to discuss Obama [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Friday acquitted [judgment, PDF] opposition leader Nawaz Sharif on charges of hijacking a plane carrying General Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archives] in 1999. The conviction had barred Sharif from running for office, although the court lifted the ban [JURIST reports] in [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Boeing [corporate website] engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung was convicted [DOJ press release] Thursday of stealing corporate trade secrets related to the US Space Shuttle program and turning them over to China in the first ever trial under the Economic Espionage Act [DOJ backgrounder]. Chung, a native of China, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] approved a bill [S 909 materials] Thursday that would expand hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act would provide federal assistance to state and local authorities to prosecute hate crimes and would [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit against Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [official profile] for allegedly misusing FBI background records to obtain information on Republican White House employees during Bill Clinton's presidency. US District Judge Royce Lamberth removed Clinton as a defendant [AP report] in the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek Parliament [official website, in Greek] voted Wednesday to approve legislation that would create a DNA database and allow the use of surveillance cameras in fighting crime. The measure, supported by the ruling conservative New Democracy [party website, in Greek] party, would allow for the collection of DNA [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel [official website] lawyer John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] defended warrantless wiretapping [WSJ report] in an essay published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal [media website]. Yoo was responding to a report [text; JURIST report] released by five government [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] challenged the Thai government's decision to seize $2.2 billion of Thaksin's assets during a hearing Wednesday before Thailand's Supreme Court Criminal Division for Political Office Holders. The attorney general [official website, in Thai] claims Thaksin is [read more]

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