Legal news from Friday, April 14, 2006
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Eduard Rebgun, who was appointed by a Moscow court hearing a bankruptcy case for crippled Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to manage the company, petitioned a federal court in New York City under Chapter 15 [backgrounder] of the US bankruptcy code to halt Yukos' London-based [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Central African Republic court referred former president Ange Felix Patasse [Wikipedia backgrounder] and Congo's Vice-President Jean Pierre Bemba [Wikipedia backgrounder] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday on war crimes charges stemming from accusations that Patasse's security forces, backed by Bemba's then rebel [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Some of US television's most prominent networks and their affiliates filed notices of appeal in federal district courts across the nation late Thursday and early Friday in response to a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] ruling that declared several of their programs "indecent" based [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [BBC profile] has been asked by the US government to accept a group of Chinese Uighur detainees currently being held [JURIST report] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to a report in Friday's Die Welt [media website, in German] newspaper. The US asked Germany [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Protesters stepped into action across Nepal on Friday in response to the traditional new year message [transcript] of King Gyanendra [official website; BBC profile], in which the ruler promised to hold general elections [JURIST report] and dialogue with the opposition. Pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] have been staged for [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Congolese opposition group, the Holy Alliance, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to ban Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] President Joseph Kabila [Wikipedia profile] from running in this year's general elections, the first democratic elections in Congo since 1960, because of his ties to the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Commission of Jurists [advocacy website] on Friday called the arrest of hundreds of lawyers and pro-democracy demonstrators during the past few days in Nepal unlawful and arbitrary [press release, PDF] and demanded that King Gyanendra [official profile] release all the detainees and lift the blanket ban on [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] British police on Thursday arrested Des Smith, the first person held in police custody in the "cash for honors" probe [BBC Q/A, video], before releasing him on bail later in the day. The arrest stemmed from allegations that the government was selling "honors" such as peerages and knighthoods to [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Ohio Supreme Court [official website] has rejected the argument that Governor Bob Taft (R) [official website] has full executive privilege to keep records private in a 5-2 decision [PDF opinion text]. Rather, the court held on Thursday that Taft has a "qualified gubernatorial-communications privilege," allowing public access to [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] is re-examining the last unsolved public lynching [Wikipedia backgrounder] in the US, according to an FBI agent. FBI agent Stephen Emmett did not say whether the FBI will officially reopen the case, but said that recent technology and techniques may help [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's environmental law news, Magistrate Judge Robert Collings of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] has ruled [PDF opinion] that the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] must release internal documents relating to the Clean Air Mercury Rule [EPA backgrounder]. The rule, which [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Japanese court on Friday rejected a suit filed by 3,200 citizens who argued that Japan's deployment of troops to Iraq violates the country's pacifist constitution [text], which bans the use of force to settle international disputes. The plaintiffs also argued that the Iraq war is a war of [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie Walton has threatened to ban public statements about the case of former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile, JURIST news archive] after one of the prosecution's court filings was released to the media before it was officially filed. On Thursday, Walton issued [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge on Thursday urged the US government to make a decision regarding the visa application of prominent European Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan [ACLU profile]. Ramadan was originally denied a visa in August 2004, when he was offered a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame. [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The victory of former Prime Minister Romano Prodi [campaign website, in Italian] over incumbent Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, JURIST news archive] in the disputed April 9-10 parliamentary elections [JURIST report] seemed confirmed Friday after reports that the number of disputed ballots in the election for the lower house of [read more]

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