Legal news from Tuesday, July 10, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The case of six foreign medics [JURIST news archive] who were sentenced to death [JURIST report] last year for infecting hundreds of children in a Libyan hospital with AIDS has been settled, according to the Gaddafi Foundation [official website] Tuesday. The announcement comes one day before the Libyan Supreme [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] said Tuesday that Russia's refusal to extradite the primary suspect [JURIST report] in the murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile] was "unacceptable." Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his office was still considering how to respond to [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Chicago jury in the federal fraud trial of Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive] reported Tuesday that it was unable to render a unanimous decision on all counts against Black. The jurors sent a note to Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for US Army Spc. Mario Lozano [defense website; Wikipedia profile], who is being tried in absentia [JURIST report] for the murder of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and attempted murders of agent Andrea Carpani and Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena [Wikipedia profile], told [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Brussels Court of First Instance has ruled that a Belgian internet service provider (ISP) must filter or block illegal peer-to-peer music downloading [JURIST news archive], giving Scarlet Extended Ltd [corporate website] six months to comply with its order or face €2,500 (US$3,425) in fines for every day of [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday upheld [Blic report] the 40 year prison sentence [JURIST report] of Milorad Ulemek [Wikipedia backgrounder], according to Belgrade media reports. Ulemek was a paramilitary commander under Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] who was convicted of murdering former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic [Guardian [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Defense Support Section (DSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official websites; JURIST news archive] opened the application process for defense lawyers Tuesday, seeking Cambodian and foreign lawyers [press release, PDF] with at least 10 years of relevant legal experience and "established competence in [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] Tuesday condemned the recent execution by stoning of an Iranian man convicted of adultery, saying the execution was in violation of international law [press release]. As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [text], Iran [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Philippines Tuesday rejected a request [statement] by the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that the 2007 Human Security Act be revisited [JURIST report], as Filipino presidential spokesperson Ignacio Bunye said the controversial law had already experienced "exhaustive debates" in the legislature and that [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] British Judge Adrian Fulford Tuesday discharged the jury in the trial of suspects implicated in the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] on July 21, 2005, after jurors indicated they were deadlocked in the deliberation of charges against defendants Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] received reports that the FBI had improperly used national security letters (NSL) [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] prior to testifying before Congress in 2005 that "there has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," the Washington Post [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] David J. Bershad [corporate profile], former name partner at leading class action law firm Milberg Weiss [corporate website], pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to conspiracy to obstruct justice in a plot in which Milberg Weiss allegedly paid up to $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks since 1984 to individuals to [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial of US Marine Corps Cpl. Trent D. Thomas [advocacy website] for his alleged role in the 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] began Monday, with the prosecutor asking jurors to convict Thomas on charges [JURIST report] of premeditated [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini [official profile] told the European Parliament Monday that protections afforded under the US Privacy Act [text] will extend to European Union citizens as a part of a new airline passenger data-sharing agreement [JURIST news archive] between the US and EU. [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai Supreme Court agreed to hear corruption charges [JURIST report] against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday, scheduling the first hearing for August 14 and ordering the exiled Thaksin and his wife Pojamarn to appear before the court. Thaksin is charged with abuse [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Zheng Xiaoyu, former commissioner of China's State Food and Drug Administration [official website, in Chinese] was executed Tuesday, as the Supreme People's Court [official website] denied Zheng's appeal for leniency. The court sanctioned Zheng's execution, saying that Zheng's acceptance of $850,000 in bribes and his serious dereliction of duty [read more]

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