Legal news from Saturday, January 13, 2007
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian military court Saturday convicted 10 former SS [backgrounder] soldiers and acquitted 7 others in the 1944 killing of more than 700 people in Marzabotto [Wikipedia backgrounder; Italian Resistence materials], a small town in nothern Iraly. The slaughter, which took place south of Bologna, is considered the worst [read more]

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[JURIST] Bangladeshi authorities said Saturday they had arrested over 2500 people and raided the homes of several political leaders in a crackdown following Friday's swearing-in of a new interim government [New Age report] facing ongoing civil unrest ahead of elections. A national poll had been scheduled for January 22, but [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Attorney's office in San Francisco said Friday it is conducting a criminal probe into the option backdating practices of Apple Inc. [corporate website], and specifically an option grant given to CEO Steve Jobs in 2001 which was considered one of the largest option packages in corporate history, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Somalia's transitional parliament voted Saturday to authorize the government to declare martial law in the troubled east African country. The authorization and the accompanying declaration of a state of emergency [Reuters report] followed Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi's Thursday call [JURIST report] for the parliament to declare three months [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] China and Russia Friday vetoed a proposed UN Security Council [UN backgrounder] resolution [text and statements] demanding an end to political repression and human rights violations in Myanmar [JURIST news archive]. The resolution was jointly sponsored by the United States and Great Britain, but was blocked by the other [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday signed into law [press release] new federal legislation seeking to protect traditional, wireless, and internet phone calling consumers by preventing phone companies from selling their private phone records without customer authorization and criminalizing attempts to obtain those fraudulently. The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia Friday granted a motion for dismissal made [JURIST report] by the New York Times in a defamation suit filed against the paper by Dr. Stephen J. Hatfill [Wikipedia profile], a former US Army germ-warfare researcher who was [read more]

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