Legal news from Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[JURIST] A judge in the Court of Metropolitan Sessions, a criminal court in Bangladesh, on Wednesday indicted 430 people for their roles in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Bangladesh has conducted a series of military and civil trials for the thousands of citizens and soldiers involved … [read more]

[JURIST] Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website] on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks. The legislation [SB 72 text, PDF] requires doctors to determine the viability of the fetus and seek a second opinion as to whether the child is capable of … [read more]

[JURIST] Former hedge fund trader Danielle Chiesi was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty [JURIST report] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to three criminal counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Chiesi was accused of communicating non-public … [read more]

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the flurry of burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bans that have been implemented recently around the world. Hammarberg said the bans may not conform to … [read more]

[JURIST] At least 400 inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison [official website] have been on a hunger strike since the end of June and are being joined by prisoners in at least 10 other California prisons. Inmates of Pelican Bay's Security Housing Unit (SHU), a long-term isolation ward where one-third … [read more]

[JURIST] Top Republican lawmakers on Wednesday urged [press release] US President Barack Obama to define terror suspect interrogation, detention and prosecution procedures. In a letter [text, PDF] to the president, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee [official website] Howard McKeon and other officials from the Intelligence, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday extended settlement negotiations for an additional two months in The Authors Guild et al v. Google Inc. [case materials], a copyright suit filed in 2005 over a Google [corporate website; Bloomberg … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF; press release] the contempt conviction of former spokesperson Florence Hartmann [BBC profile; ICTY materials, PDF]. A specially appointed chamber found Hartmann guilty of contempt [JURIST report] in 2009 for … [read more]

[JURIST] Taiwan established an anti-corruption agency Wednesday in an effort to quell corruption among government officials. The Agency Against Corruption (AAC) aims to reduce and deter corruption [CNA report], raise conviction rates for corrupt officials and protect human rights. The agency is composed of 180 members who, along with other … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday tentatively ruled that Toyota [corporate website; JURIST news archive] could appeal the ruling in a class action lawsuit [materials] filed over alleged sudden-acceleration defects. Judge James Selna denied a motion to dismiss … [read more]

[JURIST] Serbian authorities on Wednesday arrested [ICTY press release] Goran Hadzic [ICTY backgrounder], the last fugitive of the original 161 sought for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Serbian President Boris Tadic announced the arrest [B92 report] through a press conference [summary … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive], Press Secretary Jay Carney announced at a White House press briefing [text] Tuesday. Carney also said that Obama supports the Respect for Marriage Act [text], which was introduced by Congressional Democrats [JURIST … [read more]

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