Legal news from Monday, March 29, 2010
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) [corporate website] senior vice president Robert Moffat pleaded guilty [press release, PDF] Monday to conspiracy and securities fraud charges stemming from his involvement in the largest hedge fund insider trading case in US history. US Attorney Preet Bharara [TIME profile] said, "[Moffat] willfully [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Renico v. Lett [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether double jeopardy is violated by a new trial after a state trial [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile] signed a bill Monday re-implementing a ban on human cloning [JURIST news archive] in Russia, according to the Kremlin Press Service. The bill, which replaces a previous ban on human cloning that expired in 2007, prohibits attempts to clone human beings [RIA Novosti [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Some forms of online piracy in France are on the rise in spite of the recently passed anti-piracy law [legislative materials, in French; JURIST news archive], according to a March study [text, PDF; in French] conducted by the Marsouin Unit [official website, in French] at the University of Rennes [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Monday returned a five-count indictment [text, PDF] against nine suspected members of the Hutaree "militia" group accused of plotting to kill police officers. The group members allegedly planned to kill [AP [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerien police arrested a dozen former ministers and officials loyal to ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] late Sunday. The close aides to Tandja, including former finance minister Lamine Zeine, former justice minister Garba Lompo, and former minister of public works Lamido Oumarou, were detained and questioned on charges [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release] Monday that France had not violated the rights of detainees to be brought promptly before a judicial officer. In a case brought by crewmembers of a Cambodian ship intercepted by French authorities [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's largest opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website], announced Monday that it will not participate in the nation's first elections in 20 years because of "unjust" election laws [JURIST report]. A spokesperson for the NLD explained that the party had unanimously decided not to register [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Quezon City court on Monday dismissed rebellion charges against 24 people, including Andal Ampatuan Sr., the leader of a Muslim clan in the Philippines' semi-autonomous southern province of Maguindanao, and four of his family members. The Philippines Department of Justice [official website] had implicated Ampatuan and several of [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged the Afghan government to reduce corruption and institute an effective judicial system. During a surprise visit to the country, Obama called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website; JURIST news archive] to take steps to promote good governance [CBS/AP report], end cronyism, [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Monday convicted four employees of Australian mining company Rio Tinto [corporate website] of receiving bribes and stealing commercial secretes. Rio Tinto's Shanghai manager, Australian national Stern Hu, and three Chinese colleagues were sentenced to between seven and 14 years in prison for accepting around USD [read more]

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