Legal news from Wednesday, July 28, 2010
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [decision text] Wednesday that two terrorism suspects can sue the government for damages over wrongfully imposed control orders [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The appellants, known only as AF and AE due to the sensitive nature of the intelligence related to [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against several provisions of a controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive], which is set to take effect Thursday. The injunction comes at the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday made public a ruling banning access to five websites, including the video-sharing network Youtube [website], for what it calls extremist elements. A court in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur obliged the local Internet provider Rosnet to block access to the sites in its region of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutor Christoph Goeke of the German city of Dortmund announced Wednesday that former Nazi guard Samuel Kunz has been charged in relation to the murder of nearly half a million people during the Nazi regime. Kunz, who has admitted to working at the Belzec concentration camp [HRP backgrounder] from [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Ministry of Public Security [official website, in Chinese] issued an order Monday directing the country's police forces to abandon the practice of publicly shaming suspects and prisoners. The order [Xinhua report, in Chinese] stems from public response to an incident [Xinhua report, in Chinese] earlier this month [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Justice Minister Keiko Chiba [Japan Times profile] on Wednesday announced a review of Japan's death penalty [JURIST news archive] and the opening of execution chambers to the media. The announcement came after Chiba witnessed the execution [Japan Times report] of two convicts at the Tokyo Detention House. The [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Fremont City Council [official website] on Tuesday voted unanimously to suspend an ordinance [No 5165 text] banning hiring, harboring or renting property to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive] pending the outcome of litigation challenging its constitutionality. The ordinance would require all employers in the city to register for [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Tuesday failed to end debate over the campaign finance reform legislation [S 3628 materials]. The vote of 57-41 [roll call vote] fell short of the supermajority required to overcome a filibuster [Senate backgrounder], and reportedly makes passage before the November elections unlikely [POLITICO [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] General Electric Co. (GE) [corporate website] on Tuesday agreed to a $23.5 million settlement [press release] after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed a complaint [text, PDF] accusing GE of bribing Iraqi officials to receive contracts under the UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 14 neo-Nazis [JURIST news archive], including a group leader and several teenagers, to jail terms for committing hate crimes against ethnic minorities in the country. The group leader, 22-year-old Dmitry Orlov, was sentenced to life imprisonment [AP report] for planning hate crimes as [read more]

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