Legal news from Thursday, November 3, 2011

[JURIST] All war crimes allegations against NATO, opposition and pro-Gaddafi forces committed during the recent conflict will be investigated "impartially and independently" according to a statement [text, PDF] Wednesday by the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites]. In his statement to the UN Security Council … [read more]

[JURIST] A trial observer appointed by a coalition of human rights groups said Thursday that the trial of five pro-democracy activists charged with publicly insulting United Arab Emirates (UAE) leaders has been "grossly unfair" [press release] and "has no basis in international law as it violates their freedom of expression." … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss [opinion, PDF] a suit by Sprint [corporate website] to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA [corporate websites]. AT&T and T-Mobile argued that Sprint failed to properly … [read more]

[JURIST] The corruption and war profiteering trial of former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader proceeded in Zagreb on Thursday with Sanader pleading not guilty to charges that he accepted a bribe in 1995. Sanader stands accused [Reuters report] of corruption, abuse of power and fraud for taking nearly €4 million … [read more]

[JURIST] North Dakota Wednesday filed suit in US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] against Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson [official website] and other state officials over Minnesota's restrictions on emissions from out-of-state electricity generation. North Dakota's lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against its neighbor state seeks declaratory and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Wednesday threw out [opinion, PDF] a fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] against CBS. The $550,000 fine was issued as a result of the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" during the halftime show of … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Tuesday claiming that the increase in the use of private military and security companies raises human rights challenges and should be regulated internationally. Citing the recent use of Libyan civilians to … [read more]

[JURIST] US prosecutors argued Wednesday that even if suspected USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] is acquitted by a military tribunal, the US government has the authority to detain him [text, PDF] in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] until the end of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Perry v. New Hampshire [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered whether the due process protections against unreliable identification evidence apply to all identifications or only when the suggestive circumstances were … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday found Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] guilty of four counts of conspiracy [press release] connected with the proposed sale of anti-aircraft missiles to drug enforcement … [read more]

[JURIST] The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report, PDF] key national and international players to address residual issues to ensure that the legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leona (SCSL) [official website] will be maintained after its closure in late 2011 with the completion … [read more]

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