Legal news from Wednesday, June 13, 2007
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday ruled [PDF text] that for the state to constitutionally take private property, it must show that the property is blighted. The high court's unanimous ruling eliminates the use of eminent domain [JURIST news archive] to take property that is merely "not [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] A joint report [PDF text] delivered to President George W. Bush Wednesday by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Education, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] on the ability of state and local officials to prevent community violence - including [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Congressional investigators Wednesday issued subpoenas [Leahy press release] for former White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profile] and former White House Political Director Sara Taylor [SourceWatch profile] in their ongoing probe of the US Attorney firing scandal [JURIST news archive]. US House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) [official [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Citigroup, UBS, Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank [corporate websites] were charged Wednesday in Milan in connection with the collapse of Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive]. Judge Cesare Tacconi issued the indictments accusing the banks of a form of criminal negligence for not revealing to [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Switzerland [JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that they have decided to appeal last week's acquittal [JURIST report] of all 19 executives and consultants charged in connection with the collapse of Swissair Group [liquidation website; Wikipedia backgrounder], the former Swiss national airline. Zurich prosecutors had been considering an [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Wednesday passed the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 [HR 2640 materials], which closes a loophole [JURIST report] that allowed Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho [Wikipedia profile] to purchase firearms despite a court order [text] mandating psychiatric treatment. The bill mandates improvements in state [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The warden of a prison where Jonathan 'Jack' Idema [BBC profile], the last of three imprisoned US citizens convicted of illegal imprisonment and torture in Afghanistan in 2004, confirmed Idema's release Wednesday, saying that Idema left Afghanistan shortly after his release on June 2. Idema, a former member of [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx [official website] expressed concern in letters [PDF text; press release, PDF] sent Monday to the Portuguese ministers for justice and the interior that privacy and data protection are increasingly being sacrificed in the name of security and national defense. The letter was sent [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Filipino court acquitted Imelda Marcos [Wikipedia profile] of all five charges of tax evasion Wednesday, finding that the prosecution failed to demonstrate criminal intent in Marcos' failure to pay income and estate taxes between 1985 and 1989. Marcos, the widow of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos [official profile], [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby [official profile], commander of Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay, told AP Tuesday that there are two ongoing investigations into the apparent suicide death [JURIST report] of a Saudi Arabian detainee, adding that the two separate investigations are focusing on how Abdul Rahman [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski [official profile] said Tuesday that Poland would insist on new discussions on voting within the Council of the European Union before Poland will agree to any proposed EU constitutional "treaty" [JURIST news archive]. Kaczynski voiced his objection to the proposed "double majority" voting system, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] said Wednesday that they have unanimously adopted [press release, PDF] internal rules for the ECCC following the conclusion of a two-week meeting that convened [JURIST reports] on May 31. The judges said the new rules would [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The judicial panel of the UK House of Lords ruled [judgment text] Wednesday that Human Rights Act of 1998 (HRA) [text] applies to British soldiers overseas in the case of killed Iraqi detainee Baha Musa [Herald report]. The Law Lords upheld a lower court judgment [JURIST report] and held [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected efforts by the city of St. Louis to recoup $15 million in lead paint removal costs from paint and pigment manufacturers. In its 4-3 opinion [text], the high court upheld a lower court's ruling, determining that the city's inability to connect any specific [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] unveiled a series of reforms Tuesday designed to address the backlog of claims [press release] by aboriginal tribes over land seized by the Canadian government, saying a system would be created to solve the disputes "once and for all by impartial judges [read more]

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