A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Thursday, May 10, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Two lawyers pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a massive insider trading scheme that US federal prosecutors have called the most extensive such fraud uncovered since the 1980s. Former Morgan Stanley lawyer Randi Collotta and her husband Christopher admitted to conspiracy and securities fraud in Manhattan federal court. The couple is among 13 defendants …

[read more]
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The European Court of Human Rights Thursday ruled that Russian authorities were responsible for the 2001 death of a Chechen man who died after he was taken into Russian custody during a raid. The court ordered Russia to pay €62,285 compensation to the family of Shamil Said-Khasanovich Akhmadov, whose battered body was discovered …

[read more]
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Charges against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan have been formally referred to a military commission, according to a statement from the US Department of Defense Thursday. Hamdan is charged with conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism, and will be arraigned within 30 days.Hamdan was …

[read more]
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Members of the US House Judiciary Committee questioned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Thursday about the US Attorney firing scandal, demanding to know whether White House officials ordered the firings of prosecutors for political reasons. Gonzales said his former chief of staff Kyle Sampson was mainly responsible for compiling the …

[read more]
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Turkish parliament Thursday passed a constitutional amendment changing the process to select the country's president. From this point the president will be elected by popular vote rather than chosen by legislators. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) fought for the amendments after opposition lawmakers, fearing that the sole presidential candidate Abdullah …

[read more]
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Drug maker Purdue Pharma LP pleaded guilty Thursday and agreed to pay $634.5 million in fines for misleading the public about the addiction risk of a painkiller it produced. According to prosecutors, Purdue knew in 1995 that doctors were worried that the drug OxyContin was addictive, but hid that information from its …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

Churches across the US have agreed to become part of the New Sanctuary Movement, a program to protect illegal immigrants from arrest and deportation and place pressure on the government to make becoming a citizen an easier process. Thus far, churches in five large US cities have plans to protect illegal immigrants, with the possibility of housing …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

Member nations to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) marked the 10th anniversary of the accord at an unveiling of a memorial dedicated to chemical warfare victims at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Member states pledged to refocus attempts to persuade North Korea …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

The High Court of Ireland ruled Wednesday that the Irish constitution does not prevent a minor girl in state care from traveling to the UK to have an abortion. Lawyers appointed by Attorney General Rory Brady argued that the constitution precluded state employees from assisting the girl, but Justice Liam McKechnie held that …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

Pakistani police have registered a case against unidentified persons for firing at the house of Munir A. Malik, lawyer for suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, early Thursday morning. Malik told GeoTV that the gunmen shot out windows and narrowly missed his daughter when …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a lawsuit brought by illegal immigrant detainees over their transfer from Massachusetts to Texas holding centers following a March 6 factory raid in which 360 people were arrested. Lawyers for the detainees argued that the government moved them to Texas to deny the detainees legal aid, but the …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

Former US Attorney Todd P. Graves was forced to resign from his post with the Western District of Missouri last year after he expressed a difference of opinion with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on politically sensitive cases, Graves told the New York Times Wednesday. Graves said that while he was planning to go into …

[read more]
by Brett Murphy

Syria will take no part in the establishment of a UN tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri if the tribunal acts to undermine the country's sovereignty, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told members of the New People's Assembly Thursday. Assad has continually denied …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.