Legal news from Tuesday, December 21, 2010
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] voted 3-2 Tuesday in favor of new rules to allow the government to regulate Internet traffic. The so-called net neutrality [JURIST news archive] rules, proposed [JURIST report] by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski [official profile] earlier this month, would prevent Internet providers from [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan's Constitutional Court on Monday rejected a suit that could have postponed next month's scheduled referendum on independence for southern Sudan but chose not to dismiss two similar suits. According to a spokesperson for the South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), the court ordered the group to respond to one [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian prosecutors have charged First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi with embezzling money, judiciary spokesperson Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi announced Monday. The spokesperson said he expects the case to go to trial [AP report]. Conservative lawmakers say they have strong evidence linking Rahimi [Haaretz report] with corruption. Rahimi has [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Toyota Motor Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive] settled US federal investigations on Tuesday by agreeing to pay a record $32.4 million in extra fines for product defects and poor handling of a recall. The fines stem from two investigations conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The war crimes court [official website] of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Tuesday convicted four former Bosnian Serb policemen [press release, in Croatian] of killing at least 150 civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. The court sentenced Dusan Jankovic to 27 years, Zoran Babic and [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Venezuela [official website, in Spanish] on Monday passed the Social Responsibility Law [text, PDF, in Spanish], which bans Internet content that promotes unrest among citizens or challenges legally established authorities. The law expands 2004 restrictions [AFP report] on television, radio and print media to Internet [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The number of executions that took place in the US in 2010 was down 12 percent from 2009, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) [advocacy website] annual report [text, PDF; press release, PDF] released Tuesday. There were 46 executions in 2010, compared to 52 in 2009. The [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Belarusian police arrested hundreds of demonstrators on Monday, including seven of the nine presidential candidates, who were protesting the results of Sunday's presidential election [press releases, in Russian]. The official results, announced Monday, declared incumbent Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] the winner of the presidency for the [read more]

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