Legal news from Tuesday, September 11, 2007
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Korean Fair Trade Commission [official website, in English] has completed a two-year investigation into allegations that computer chip maker Intel pressured consumers into buying its products over those made by rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate websites], according to Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy Tuesday. Mulloy said the company [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Rod Coronado [defense website], an environmental and animal rights activist charged [US DOJ press release, PDF] with one count of distributing information on explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction, began in California Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that in 2003 Coronado told an audience in [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) [official website] has asked President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to veto a bill awaiting bicameral and presidential approval that would strip the Commission of the power to select its own commissioners, handing that power to parliament instead. Under the [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Detained Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release; JURIST news archive] is expected to be released from a Tehran prison "within the next few days," according to comments from Tajbakhsh and those of an Iranian spokesman talking to journalists during a interview at the notorious Evin Prison [AP [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Time [media website] magazine announced Tuesday that it plans to appeal an August 30 decision [JURIST report] by the Supreme Court of Indonesia awarding former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile; JURIST news archive] $106 million in damages in Suharto’s defamation suit against the publication. Suharto sued Time [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan [official profile] declined Monday to file criminal charges against a local nursing home for the death of 19 elderly residents during post-Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] flooding. During the hurricane, nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Family [congregation website], who operated the [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit [official website] judge ruled Monday that the December 2006 execution [JURIST report] of Angel Diaz [AI profile; JURIST news archive] was not "botched," as previously alleged by a medical examiner. According to autopsy reports, Diaz endured a 34-minute-long lethal injection that required a second [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] upheld the death sentence of Stevie Lamar Fields Monday, ruling that a jury foreman's reliance on Biblical scripture had no "substantial and injurious effect" on the jury's sentencing decision. The court ruled [opinion text, PDF] 9-6 against Fields' [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ousted Philippines president Joseph Estrada [BBC profile] maintained his innocence Tuesday and predicted he will be acquitted of corruption charges when the verdict in his six-year trial [JURIST report] is handed down Wednesday. Estrada was removed from power in a 2001 revolt that brought his former vice president, current [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] French Justice Minister Rachida Dati [official profile, in French; BBC profile] engaged in emergency discussions with senior members of the French judiciary on Monday to prevent a threatened judges' revolt. Objections have been raised to what some regard as the authoritarian style the controversial politician [Telegraph report] has adopted [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for US Marine First Lt. Andrew Grayson, an intelligence officer accused of mishandling an investigation into the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], said Monday that Grayson has rejected a plea offer from military prosecutors requiring him to admit attempting to [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch government has invited UN representatives to discuss final arrangements for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon [UN materials] it has agreed to host [JURIST report] to try suspects for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen [official [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Brandon Mayfield [JURIST news archive], the Oregon attorney arrested [JURIST report] and detained for two weeks in May 2004 after the FBI mistakenly concluded that his fingerprints matched [JURIST report] those found on a bag containing detonators used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] filed an appeal of Sharif's Monday deportation [JURIST report] to Saudi Arabia with the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Tuesday, asking the court to hold the Pakistani government in contempt for violating an August Supreme Court ruling that [read more]

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