Legal news from Thursday, October 1, 2009
13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Royce Lambeth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday released a 191-page opinion [text, PDF] expressing frustration with the inability of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to receive their court-ordered judgments. In the opinion, Lambeth discussed the more than 1,000 plaintiffs who [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Criminal Chamber of the Peruvian Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced [materials, in Spanish] former president Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to six years in prison for multiple counts of illegal wiretapping and bribery. Fujimori is to serve his sentence concurrently with the sentences from his three [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia violated international law when it shelled the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali in August 2008, according to a report [materials] released Wednesday by a European Union-backed commission. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) [official website] concluded that "it is not possible to accept" [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday informed Congress that it objects to a proposed journalist shield law that would protect journalists who refuse to disclose sources that leak national security information. Under changes proposed by the administration, a reporter who provides leaked information that is deemed relevant to national security [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Associated Press CEO Tom Curley told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday that passage of the OPEN FOIA Act [text] is a necessary first step [testimony, PDF] to counter the "secrecy reflex at some agencies." At a hearing [materials; recorded video], Curley said that the use of [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday added 10 cases to its 2009 docket. In addition to taking a case dealing with the Second Amendment and another on a controversial terrorism law [JURIST report], the Court also granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight other [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] announced [press release] Wednesday that the ICC will prosecute the most responsible parties for the December 2007 Kenyan post-election violence [JURIST news archive] now that Kenya's September 30 deadline to establish an appropriate tribunal has lapsed. Because [read more]

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