Legal news from Thursday, April 19, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that a Korean executive at Samsung Electronics [corporate website] has pleaded guilty [press release] to a large conspiracy that fixed the price of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), affecting the cost of personal computers worldwide. Il Ung Kim, former [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday sought the dismissal [press release] of all pending Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee habeas corpus cases in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website]. The motion to dismiss was filed in response to the [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The state of Washington emerged as another opponent to the REAL ID act Thursday, with Governor Chris Gregoire [official profile] signing state legislation [PDF] rejecting the controversial federal law. Washington is now the fifth state to pass such a measure, joining Maine [JURIST report], Arkansas, Idaho, and Montana. Montana's [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two former administrators at a Texas juvenile prison pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of improper sexual conduct [JURIST report] with six students. Former West Texas State School [official website] principal John Paul Hernandez and former assistant superintendent Ray E. Brookins, who were arrested last week [press release], each [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Cuban anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] posted bond and was released from a New Mexico jail on Thursday after ongoing debate about his release. Carriles, 79, a former CIA operative trained by the US for the failed anti-Castro Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] Thursday rejected a call for his resignation made by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the US Attorney firing scandal [JURIST news archive]. Gonzales faced hours of tough questioning from senators during the hearing, but maintained that [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] and other leading members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Wednesday introduced [press release] the Patent Reform Act of 2007 [H.R. 1908, bill overview], which would overhaul current US patent laws in three major ways. First, it would change the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) [official website] said Thursday that the governor would sign a same-sex civil union bill if it is passed by the New Hampshire Senate next Thursday. HB 905 [text], passed [JURIST report] by the state House of Representatives earlier this month, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union Thursday approved a framework decision [PDF text] aimed at criminalizing denial of the Holocaust [JURIST news archive] and other genocides following six years of intense debate. The end product was described as a carefully-balanced compromise by EU diplomats, which allows EU countries to opt out of [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court Thursday received a petition from a supporter of former Bangladesh prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile] Thursday to halt Khaleda's exile, arguing that the forced expulsion was a violation of her human rights. Government sources said Khaleda had agreed to be exiled from [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] An incarcerated Chinese activist filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against Yahoo! Inc. [corporate website], alleging that the Internet giant aided and abetted human rights violations committed by the Chinese government by providing Chinese officials with information, including e-mail records and user ID numbers, that helped them to [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Romanian Parliament [official website] voted Thursday to suspend Romanian President Traian Basescu [official website, English version; BBC profile] for allegedly violating the constitution [text]. Members of parliament voted 322-108 in favor of the suspension. According to the constitution, Romania must hold a national referendum on Basescu's impeachment within [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Constitutional Court [official website] ruled Thursday that the Italian government can seek to quash the indictments of 33 American and Italian agents who allegedly kidnapped [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile] in 2003. State lawyers will argue against the indictments [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Bernard Ntuyahaga [TrialWatch backgrounder], a former Rwandan army major accused of murdering 10 Belgian peacekeepers and the Rwandan prime minister they were charged with protecting in 1994, began in Brussels Thursday. Ntuyahaga faces 16 counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder stemming from the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitution Drafting Council in Thailand [JURIST news archive] Wednesday presented the new draft constitution, which will be put to a referendum later this month. The 2007 draft, which would replace the 1997 constitution [text], calls for national elections to take place by the end of 2007. The 35-member [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] Wednesday rejected a demand by Palestinian militants to free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners [JURIST report] in exchange for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In a speech before Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defense [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower house of parliament, unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that would hike the penalty for vandalizing property during political or ideological protests to a maximum of three years in prison. The bill was initially proposed in the wake of [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Arthur Hunter [JURIST news archive] of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court [official website] Wednesday suspended the prosecutions of 42 New Orleans indigent criminal defendants who had not been provided adequate legal counsel and ordered 16 of them released without bail. Hunter first ordered suspension of the prosecutions [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Most witnesses who have been called to testify in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will remain anonymous, and some may be forced to relocate to avoid retaliation by Taylor's supporters in Liberia, prosecutor Steven Rapp told AP on Wednesday. Several witnesses [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] Rwanda petitioned the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Wednesday to resolve a dispute with France over an international arrest warrant [JURIST report] issued by France for three Rwandan officials last November, and a request forwarded to the UN Secretary-General that Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website] stand [read more]

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