Legal news from Monday, March 19, 2012

[JURIST] Madoff trustee Irving Picard and the owners of the New York Mets on Monday reached a $162 million settlement for victims of the Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] Ponzi scheme, avoiding a trial in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Jury selection … [read more]

[JURIST] Serbian General Ljubisa Dikovic [official profile, in Serbian] on Monday brought a libel suit against the head of a Serbian human rights group that accused him of failing to prevent war crimes in 1998 and 1999 during the war in Kosovo [JURIST news archive]. Natasa Kandic, director of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Swiss judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] resigned [press release] on Monday over a dispute with a Cambodian ECCC judge. International Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet said that he faced ongoing resistance from National Co-Investigating Judge You Bunleng concerning … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in two capital cases. In Ryan v. Gonzales [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether 18 USC § 3599(a)(2) [text], which provides that an indigent capital state inmate pursuing federal habeas relief "shall be entitled … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website] failed to investigate the Libyan civilians killed by air strikes which assisted in the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Monday. According to AI's report, entitled, "Libya: The … [read more]

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