Legal news from Thursday, November 29, 2012

[JURIST] Two well-site supervisors and one former executive of British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] pleaded not guilty in US federal court on Tuesday to criminal charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The two supervisors, Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, are each charged … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senator Dianne Feinstein [official website] released a report [text, PDF] by the Government Accountability Office [official website] on Wednesday which asserts that US prisons could safely absorb the 166 detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay military prison in the event the facility is closed and the detainees … [read more]

[JURIST] Poland's Constitutional Tribunal [official website] ruled Wednesday that the ritual slaughter of animals violates the Polish Constitution. The court's ruling will bar strictly-followed slaughtering practices by Muslim and Jewish citizens where the animal is not stunned first. The decision conflicts with a 2009 EU law [text, PDF], scheduled to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday acquitted [press release] former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commanders Ramush Haradinaj [JURIST op-ed], Idriz Balaj, and Laji Brahimaj of all charges. Haradinaj was a commander of the KLA in the Dukagjin area … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday stayed a lower court ruling that would have forced Argentina to pay $1.3 billion to one of its creditors, the investment fund NML Capital Ltd. [corporate website]. The Second Circuit blocked a decision by the US … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced in absentia seven Coptic Christians and an American preacher to death on charges stemming from an anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder], which sparked violent protests in the Middle East earlier this year. The death sentences are primarily symbolic, as all of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Third Committee [official website] of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution [text, PDF] expressing concern for continuing human rights violations in Iran. The committee specifically mentioned that Iran is using torture, inhumane treatment of prisoners, public executions, executions of minors, hanging as an execution method, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Henderson v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on appellate review for plain error. The question before the court was whether, under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 52(b) [text], an appellate court reviewing a trial … [read more]

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