Legal news from Tuesday, February 15, 2011

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced Tuesday that it has formed a committee of judges and politicians to oversee amending the Egyptian constitution [text] within the next 10 days. When the council assumed power on Sunday, it indicated that part of its transition plan [proclamation text] … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian judge on Tuesday ordered billionaire media mogul and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to stand trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor and abuse of power. Berlusconi allegedly paid 7,000 euros to then 17-year-old dancer, Karima El Mahroug, for … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Tuesday agreed to the establishment of a common patent system [press release] despite lack of accord from Spain and Italy. EU member states have attempted to establish a uniform patent system for several years, but a unanimous vote was unobtainable due to disapproval … [read more]

[JURIST] Iranian lawmakers called Tuesday for opposition leaders to face trial and death after Monday's clash with security forces. Thousands of Iranians protested Monday in solidarity with Egypt's revolt against ousted president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile]. Pro-government legislators demanded [AP report] opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] Sudanese Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Noor Uthman Mohammed [DOD materials] pleaded guilty [press release] before a military tribunal Tuesday to terrorism charges. Mohammed entered guilty pleas [Reuters report] to one count of providing material support of terrorism and one count of conspiracy. The charges against him stem … [read more]

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 275 to 144 [roll call vote] Monday to extend surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive] which could expire February 28. A vote on the bill [HR 514] to extend the provisions failed [JURIST report] last weak … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Provincial Court of Sucumbios in Ecuador ordered US oil company Chevron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to pay $8.6 billion in damages, finding that Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2001, polluted large areas of the country's rain forest. Chevron vowed to fight the … [read more]

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