Legal news from Tuesday, January 16, 2007
22:01 EDT

[JURIST] The former head of the tarnished UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive] was indicted [press release, PDF] by US federal prosecutors in New York Tuesday on charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Benon Sevan [BBC profile] resigned from his post last year and fled [read more]

21:01 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French], the lower house of the French parliament, passed by voice vote Tuesday a bill [text and materials, in French] authorizing the impeachment of a French president but otherwise conferring legal immunity on the person holding that office during his or her [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Ministry of Justice [official website] said Tuesday the state prosecutor plans to launch an investigation into allegations that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] impermissibly promoted the interests of two business associates in his capacity as minister of finance during the 2005 state sale of [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in the consolidated cases of Safeco Insurance v. Burr and GEICO General Insurance v. Edo [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-00084 and 06-00100, cases in which plaintiffs claim the insurance companies GEICO [corporate [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Argentine Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide issued a second international arrest warrant on Tuesday for former Argentine President Isabel Peron [Wikipedia profile], currently living in exile in Spain. The warrant demands that Peron be returned to Argentina [JURIST news archive] for questioning about the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance [MIPT backgrounder] (Triple [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday overturned the 22-year sentence of Ahmed Ressam [Wikipedia profile], convicted of attempting to blow up Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium. The court reversed Ressam's conviction for carrying explosives while [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys for Marine Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, charged with the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], have asked Marine Lt. Gen. James Mattis to launch an investigation into the leak of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) [official website] report after the Washington [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's former ruling Thai Rak Thai (TRT) [party website] party went on trial Tuesday on charges of committing election fraud [JURIST report] during last year's parliamentary elections by allegedly misusing the independent election commission and illegally paying smaller parties to run candidates against it to satisfy minimum vote requirements. [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] EU law enforcement officials agreed Monday that a police data-sharing agreement among members states should be expanded to include all 27 member nations. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [Interior Ministry website] made the announcement at the end of two-day meeting of EU justice and interior ministers [overview, in German], [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that Dragan Zelenovic [ICTY case backgrounder] will plead guilty to rape and murder charges stemming from the Bosnian Serb's time as a police officer and paramilitary leader during the Bosnian war. Zelenovic [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] More than 130 deans of US law schools [signatories list] signed a statement [text] released Monday expressing their dismay at comments [JURIST report] made last week by DOD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Detainee Affairs Charles "Cully" Stimson in a radio interview [recorded audio] critizing top US law firms for [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said Tuesday that he was taken by surprise by the hangings [JURIST report] Monday of former Saddam Hussein-era Revolutionary Court judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar [Wikipedia profile] and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti [GlobalSecurity profile; BBC profile], sentenced to death [JURIST report] with [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection begins Tuesday in the CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] and attorneys for both sides plan to ask potential jurors questions about their political affiliations. US District Judge Reggie Walton [official profile] approved [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Kuwait [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has sentenced to death a member of the country's ruling family for drug trafficking offenses, saying the defendant "deserved no mercy." It is unknown how closely Sheik Talal Nasser Al Sabah is related to the head of the Kuwaiti royal [read more]

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