Legal news from Wednesday, November 10, 2010
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Department of Revenue [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a state's exemption of railroad competitors, but not railroads, from a generally applicable sales [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro [official profile] on Tuesday praised the nations that have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) [text; official website] and urged more states to join the convention [statement] at the First Meeting of States Parties [official website]. The CCM, which went into effect [JURIST [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Czech Republic continues to discriminate against Roma [JURIST news archive] school children despite a court order, according to a complaint [text, PDF] filed Monday with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe [official website] by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the European Roma Rights Centre and [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Wednesday granted a request to review the nation's Digital Economy Act [text and materials], which is aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. The claim [text, PDF] was filed by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] faces harmful opposition and political interference from the Cambodian government, the chief defense lawyer said Wednesday. Announcing his resignation, Richard Rogers said that the tribunal, established by the UN and the Cambodian government to prosecute [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Daxing District People's Court of China on Wednesday convicted Zhao Lianhai for disturbing the social order during the tainted-milk scandal, sentencing him to two-and-a-half years in prison. In 2008, melamine-tainted milk from China [JURIST news archive] was blamed for the deaths of six infants, and the Chinese government [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection began Tuesday [court notice] in the case of five Somali men accused of an April attack on the USS Nichols, which was deployed to combat piracy in waters off the eastern coast of Africa. In July, the men pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to a number [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] No criminal charges will be brought against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officials for destroying videotapes of controversial interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration, a federal prosecutor announced [press release] Tuesday. US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] special prosecutor John Durham "has concluded that [read more]

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