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Legal news from Monday, September 17, 2007
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Closing arguments began Monday in the case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development [ADL backgrounder], a Muslim foundation charged with financing international terrorism by supporting the Palestinian group Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. Once the largest Muslim charity in the United States, federal prosecutors shut down the Holy [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] Monday called on the UK to support the proposed EU Reform Treaty [PDF text; EU materials]. During a speech [text] to delegates of the UK Liberal Democratic Party [party website], Barroso emphasized that the reform treaty is not simply a retread [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official websites] Monday filed a joint lawsuit [press release] against pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website], alleging that the company misrepresented known dangers associated with arthritis drug Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive], causing millions of taxpayer [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three federal judges representing the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Monday appeared dubious during oral arguments [media advisory] in the case of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Gonzales [DOJ case documents] that the 2006 reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] said Monday it has dismissed [press release] an appeal made by writer Ernst Zundel [ADL profile; CBC profile] to overturn his February conviction for denying the Holocaust. Earlier this year, Zundel was sentenced to five years in prison after [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Monday nominated [WH screenshot] retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey [WH fact sheet; PBWT profile] to serve as the next attorney general of the United States. Mukasey, 66, retired from the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2006 after [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh [diocesan website] Monday announced the creation of a $1.25 million fund to settle 32 lawsuits alleging abuse or injury by priests. Even though Pennsylvania's statute of limitations barred many victims from filing personal injury claims, the diocese has created the fund and will also [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] China has increased its efforts to stop illegal land transfers and punish government officials responsible for illegal land title transfers, an official from the Law Enforcement and Supervision Bureau under the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources [official website] said Monday. While property in China [JURIST news archive] is [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian government has banned an annual gathering [MB press release] of the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] as part of its crackdown on opposition to the Egyptian government, a Brotherhood official said Sunday. The Brotherhood gathers annually for a social celebration of the Muslim fasting month of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] government forces are responsible for hundreds of unlawful killings [press release] and the burning of thousands of civilian homes since mid-2005 in their counterinsurgency campaign, according to a new report [text] from Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, released [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] began hearing petitions Monday by parties opposing the re-election of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] while he serves as chief of Pakistan's army. The court hearings came the same day that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) [official website] said that [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance [official website] on Monday upheld [text] the European Commission's (EC) 2004 landmark anti-trust ruling [JURIST report] against Microsoft's appeal [JURIST report] of the $613 million fine and order for Microsoft to share its communications code with competitors. The court agreed with the EC's [read more]

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