Legal news from Friday, July 24, 2009
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday convicted [press release; judgment summary, PDF] Serbian nationalist Volislav Seselj [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] of contempt and sentenced him to 15 months in prison for authoring a book revealing pertinent information [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei District court said Friday that a verdict in the corruption cases against former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be delivered on September 11. Presiding judge Tsai Shou-hsum said that the trial had entered its final stages [Xinhua report] and would conclude July [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] presented their closing arguments Friday with the prosecution expected to offer its closing arguments Monday. Suu Kyi was reportedly disappointed [Al Jazeera report] with the court's decision to allow the prosecution more time to [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish police announced Friday that they have arrested Jorge Alberto Soza, wanted in his home country of Argentina on torture charges stemming from his service in the police force during the country's military dictatorship. From 1976 to 1983, a period known as the "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] must provide an accounting in a 13-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs' website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US financial regulators and scholars advised [hearing materials; recorded video] the Senate Banking Committee [official website] on Thursday that "safety and soundness" can be restored to the financial system through increased regulatory oversight, but did not agree on the form that oversight should take. In his opening statement [text], [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] on Thursday approved a controversial bill [materials, in French] that allows more businesses in Lille, Marseilles, and Paris to open on Sundays by a vote of 165-159. Under the bill, employees who work Sundays are to be paid at least twice what [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Terrorism suspects should be prosecuted in US federal courts [press release] instead of military commissions, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Human Rights First [advocacy website]. The report, prepared by two former federal prosecutors, claims that the civilian court system is fully equipped to try terrorism [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration sent Congress draft legislation [press release and materials] Wednesday that would put the Federal Reserve [official website] in charge of regulating the largest financial firms [text, PDF]. The proposed legislation would create an eight-member Financial Services Oversight Council [text, PDF] to pinpoint risks in financial markets [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] new rules including a number of specific criteria [communication, PDF] that European banks seeking government assistance must meet. Under the new guidelines, banks are required to show they will become viable without further state support, banks and their [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI arrested and charged 44 people [press release; complaints, PDF] on a variety of conspiracy, extortion, money laundering, and corruption counts Thursday, including several local politicians. The FBI said that the investigation, which began as an investigation of a money laundering ring run by rabbis operating between New [read more]

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