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Legal news from Thursday, July 19, 2007
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] ruled in Chicago Thursday that Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive] will not have to await his November 30 sentencing in jail. St. Eve nonetheless put restrictions on Black's mobility, holding that in the interim he [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge John Bates Thursday dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] against members of the Bush administration brought by Valerie Plame [Washington Post profile], the former CIA operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive], ruling that the court lacked jurisdiction over her tort [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK parliamentarians on the Constitutional Affairs Committee [official website] called Thursday for reforms to the role of the Attorney General [official website] for England and Wales, saying conflicts between political and legal aspects of the position make it "not sustainable" [press release]. The MPs cited the conflicts as the [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russia expelled four British diplomats [MFA press release] and suspended counter-terrorism cooperation with the UK Thursday in response to Monday's expulsion of four Russian diplomats [JURIST report] from the UK in protest over Russia's refusal to extradite Russian citizen Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] for the poisoning-murder of former [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] Thursday sentenced three former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council [MIPT backgrounder] to at least 45 years of imprisonment each [hearing transcript, PDF; press release, PDF]. Brima Bazzy Kamara was sentenced to serve 45 years, while Alex Tamba [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Thursday ruled against Russia in the case of a former KGB agent who was detained under conditions that the court said "amounted to degrading treatment" [opinion; press release]. The ex-agent, Mikhail Trepashkin [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile], was arrested in 2003 [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Counsel for suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday asked the judge's former colleagues to reinstate him or else risk further destabilizing the country. Lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan added that the court's decision, expected Friday, must be clear. [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Thursday against Thailand's Assets Examination Committee (AEC) [Wikipedia backgrounder] for its seizure of Thaksin's family assets [JURIST report], demanding that the AEC terminate its freeze of approximately $2.1 billion in assets and seeking an additional [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Arabic] ended a lengthy boycott [JURIST report] of parliamentary sessions Thursday, after agreeing to a secret deal with Shi'a political parties that will reinstate Sunni lawmaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani [Wikipedia profile] as speaker of the Council of Representatives. According [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] European Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott [official profile] told the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] in an advisory opinion [text, in German] Wednesday that European Union (EU) governments should resist disclosing internet user information sought by copyright industry groups for civil lawsuits. Kokott's opinion stems [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday acquitted [press release] former Bosnian Serb interior minister and later justice minister Momcilo Mandic [case backgrounder] of all charges [JURIST report] against him, including war crimes against civilians and crimes against [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] reconvened negotiations on a new constitution [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, saying the latest talks will be the final session in completing a drafting process that began 14 years ago. The government says that the enactment of a new constitution will be [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Japanese court sentenced high-profile fund manager and founder of M&A Consulting Yoshiaki Murakami [BusinessWeek profile] to two years in prison and imposed fines and penalties totaling approximately 1.153 billion yen (approximately $9.5 million) Thursday for insider trading of Nippon Broadcasting Systems Inc. (JOLF) [corporate website, in Japanese] stocks [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] French investigating magistrates questioned former President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] in their probe of an alleged corruption scheme [JURIST report] during Chirac's tenure as the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, judiciary officials confirmed Thursday. Chirac, who is being questioned as a material witness, allegedly financed [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) [official website] Thursday announced that charges [press release] of premeditated murder have been laid against US Army Sergeant 1st Class Trey A. Corrales and Specialist Christopher P. Shore. The two soldiers are accused of killing an unspecified "Iraqi national" on or about June 23, 2007 [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] on Wednesday took the unusual step of sending Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] a letter listing 12 written questions [PDF text] that Leahy hopes Gonzales will be prepared to address when he appears before the [read more]

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