Legal news from Friday, April 7, 2006
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Vacating a lesser sentence, the Quebec Court of Appeal [official website] has imposed an 18-month prison term on Canadian advertising executive Paul Coffin, who last May pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud [JURIST report] in the federal sponsorship scandal [CBC backgrounder]. The trial court originally ordered [JURIST report] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [HRW backgrounder] on Friday found Nedjo Samardzic guilty [press release] of committing crimes against humanity and escaping from prison during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and sentenced him to 13 years imprisonment. Samardzic, a Bosnian Serb army leader [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] Friday unanimously ruled [opinion text, PDF] against US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] corporate governance regulations [text; SEC materials] that require mutual fund companies to appoint independent chairpersons and compose at least 75 [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of 11 members of the German parliament [Bundestag website] began its investigation into the role of German intelligence in the war in Iraq Friday. The committee will focus on 30 questions posed by the Free Democratic Party, the Left Party and the Greens [party websites in German], [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations has expressed disappointment [press briefing transcript] in the US decision not to run [JURIST report] for a position on the new UN Human Rights Council [official website; UN materials; FAQ]. Spokesmen for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] and UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson [official [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Muhammad [charge sheet, PDF] said Thursday that he had been tortured after United States authorities transported him to a Moroccan prison for interrogation. Muhammad is a suspected al Qaeda member and is charged with conspiring with al Qaeda to commit war crimes in the United [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A bill reflecting what was heralded as a key compromise [PDF summary] on immigration reform [JURIST news archive] has stalled in the US Senate. By a margin of 38-60 senators voted Friday morning against a motion [Leahy MFTF log] to send the existing border security bill [S 2454 summary] [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia [JURIST news archive] has promised to deliver fugitive Bosnian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile] to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] by the end of April, according to a court spokesman. A spokesman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] has said that he intends to fulfill a campaign promise and hold a free vote in the Canadian Parliament about whether to revive debate on a federal law permitting same-sex marriages [text] that was passed [JURIST report] last summer by [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief in Haiti [JURIST news archive] has accused the interim government of imprisoning 4,000 people "preventively" for months or years without facing charges or trials. According to Thierry Fagart, the human rights field officer in Haiti, many of the prisoners were arrested for political reasons [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former immigration official Michael Maxwell testified about alleged widespread corruption and security vulnerabilities within the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [official website] before the US House Committee on International Relations on Thursday. Maxwell, who resigned in February as Director of the Office of Security and Investigations at USCIS [read more]

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