Legal news from Wednesday, March 3, 2010
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Samantar v. Yousuf [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a foreign state's immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act [materials] extends to an individual acting in an official [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Wednesday submitted [press release] to ICC judges the names of 20 senior political and business leaders who “bear the gravest responsibility” for the deadly violence perpetrated after Kenya’s 2007 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. According to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld [Kaleme report, in Persian] the death sentence for a 20-year-old student who took part in anti-government protests in December. Mohammad Amin Valian was convicted [AFP report] of Moharebeh, which means waging war against God and is punishable by death under Iranian law. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday criticized [text, in Russian] Russia's justice system as an "assembly line" that inevitably finds the government's political enemies to be guilty. In an article published in the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta [media website, in Russian], Khodorkovsky warned [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday sentenced [order, PDF; in Spanish] a former Basque separatist party leader to two years in prison for promoting terrorism. The court found [El Pais report, in spanish] that comments made during a 2005 speech by Arnaldo Otegi, a former [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna [official profile] filed a motion with the state Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday announcing the adoption of a single-drug execution method. The state had previously used a three-drug cocktail to lethally inject those sentenced to be executed. The change [AP report] comes as three [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A court in East Timor [BBC backgrounder] on Wednesday sentenced 24 individuals for the attempted assassination of the country's president and prime minister in 2008. The individuals, former government and military officials displaced after civil unrest resulted in a change in government in 2006, had been accused of attacking [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] an emergency appeal to prevent Washington DC's same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] law from taking effect. Chief Justice John Roberts, acting as circuit justice for the DC area, denied an application [text, PDF] requesting a [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Delaware [official website] against rival smartphone maker HTC [corporate website] alleging that several of HTC's products infringe 10 patents owned by Apple. The patents involve various areas of technology [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] The General Court of the EU [official website] on Tuesday rejected [judgment; press release, PDF] a challenge to the EU's Emissions Trading Directive [text] brought by Luxembourg-based Arcelor [website], the world's largest steel producer. The company sought both the annulment of certain articles of the directive and damages for [read more]

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