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Legal news from Tuesday, October 31, 2006

[JURIST] US officials plan to request that convicted sex offender Malcolm Watson serve his three-year probation in New York instead of Canada. According to Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark [official website], the request is motivated by complaints from Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant [official website]. Although Watson was … [read more]

[JURIST] An attorney for US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) argued before the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Tuesday that the leaking of an illegally-obtained phone call to the news media should be protected by the First Amendment. In March, a three-judge panel of the court ruled against … [read more]

[JURIST] Canada faces a lawsuit from conservationist group Friends of the Earth [official website] for failing to meet its emissions goals under the Kyoto Protocol [text, BBC backgrounder], which government officials have deemed to be untenable. The group presented a legal opinion to Canadian Environment Minister Rona Ambrose [official profile] … [read more]

[JURIST] The nephew of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat [CNN profile] was sentenced to a year in prison by a military tribunal Tuesday for his comments implicating the military in the assassination of his uncle over 25 years ago [BBC archive]. Talat Al-Sadat, a politician from the small Al-Ahrar [BBC … [read more]

[JURIST] The retrial of five Bulgarian nurses [JURIST report] and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children [JURIST news archive], with the HIV virus was adjourned Tuesday after resuming for only one day since a five week postponement [JURIST report] caused by the illness of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Philip Morris USA v. Williams [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 05-1256, a case challenging the punitive damages awarded in a wrongful death action against Philip Morris USA [corporate website] brought by the … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website; BBC profile] has said that his government has no plans to abolish Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of the country's penal code, despite warnings [JURIST report] from the European Union [official website] that it infringes upon the freedom of expression. Turkey already … [read more]

[JURIST] Leading US auto supplier Delphi [corporate website] has settled [press release] civil fraud charges brought against it by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website], the SEC announced Monday. The SEC complaint [PDF text] alleged that "between 2000 and 2004, Delphi engaged in multiple schemes that resulted … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian human rights activists held vigil in Lubyanka Square, former KBG headquarters and current location of the Federal Security Service, in Moscow on Monday to commemorate victims of political persecution during the Soviet Era and to protest current prosecution of Russians on political grounds. International human rights group Memorial … [read more]

[JURIST] US Customs and Border Patrol [official website] agents arrested significantly fewer illegal immigrants [fact sheet] attempting to cross US borders in fiscal year 2006 than in the previous year, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] reported Monday. According to the DHS report, "CBP Border Patrol agents … [read more]

[JURIST] The early release of Tommy Suharto [BBC profile] from prison Monday by court order under the Indonesian government's holiday remission program has prompted criticism that the Indonesian justice system continues to be easily manipulated by those with money and power. Suharto, whose full name is Hutomo Mandala Putra, is … [read more]

[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson will plead guilty in connection with the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], Jackson's lawyer said Monday. Jackson faces court-martial [press release] on charges of murder, conspiracy, housebreaking, larceny and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council [official website] sitting in London Monday upheld [ruling, RTF] the sex abuse convictions [JURIST report] of six men for committing rapes and sexual assaults against women and underage girls on the British possession of Pitcairn Island [official website] over a period of … [read more]

[JURIST] China's National People's Congress [official website] voted Tuesday to amend the Organic Law on the People's Courts [text] so that only the Supreme People's Court [official website] has the authority to approve the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. The high court's president first hinted at death penalty reform last … [read more]

[JURIST] Advocacy groups filed a second lawsuit Monday against the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [official website] in an attempt to block the community's anti-immigration laws that will make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to reside or work in the town. The city's Illegal Immigration Relief Act [PDF text] and … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal jury Monday returned a $48 million verdict against Amerigroup [corporate website] and its Illinois affiliate for discriminating against pregnant women by intentionally not reaching out to them while marketing its insurance services in Illinois. The lawsuit was based on allegations made by whistleblower Cleveland Tyson, who was … [read more]

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