Legal news from Thursday, April 15, 2010
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] was named a suspect Thursday in an investigation into the Holyland bribery scandal that occurred during his time as mayor of Jerusalem. It is expected that law enforcement will interrogate [Ynet report] Olmert over the alleged bribery scandal [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against Chiquita Brand International [corporate website], which has admitted to funding a right-wing paramilitary group in Colombia. In the complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website], 242 Colombians alleged that [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Senate [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would curtail the powers of the president. The 18th Amendment Bill would reverse the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] by transferring presidential powers to the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Inspector General Glenn Fine [official profile] and FBI [official website] General Counsel Valerie Caproni [official profile] testified [materials] Thursday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties [official website] regarding governmental abuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nine Afghan witnesses have claimed that they were held and tortured in a secret US prison at the Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan, according to a BBC report Thursday. The witnesses say that they were allegedly captured by American forces and taken to a [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Chairman Julius Genachowski [official profile] testified [text, PDF] Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee [official website] that the agency will move ahead with its National Broadband Plan [official website; materials] despite a recent court ruling [JURIST report] that it lacks the power to [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian government must ensure accountability for human rights violations [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged in a report [text, PDF] Wednesday. AI addressed newly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych [official website], calling on him to bring Ukrainian laws and practices in line with international human rights standards. Among [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [JURIST report] on Wednesday ordered the release of a 91-page government proffer [text, PDF] outlining evidence in the government's case against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive]. According to the proffer, Blagojevich and his [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said Wednesday that the government has not ruled out prosecuting certain high-profile terror suspects in civilian court in New York City. During a hearing [materials] on oversight of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday rejected [press release, DOC; in Italian] a challenge to the constitutionality of the country's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. After hearing arguments from several same-sex couples who had been denied marriage licenses, courts in Trento and Venice asked [read more]

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