Legal news from Thursday, September 20, 2007
18:09 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors on Thursday handed down an indictment accusing Milberg Weiss name partner Melvyn Weiss [firm profile] of conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false statements. The indictment stems from a long-running US Attorney investigation into allegations that Milberg Weiss [firm website] paid up to $11.3 million in [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Zimbabwean Parliament unanimously passed amendments to the Zimbabwean constitution [PDF text] Thursday that essentially give President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] the authority to appoint his successor. Both Mugabe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) [Wikipedia backgrounder] and the main opposition party, Movement for [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu [Wikipedia profile] has been charged [press release, PDF] by federal prosecutors in New York with fraud for alleged campaign finance law violations, according to a criminal complaint [PDF text] unsealed Thursday. Hsu allegedly created a massive Ponzi scheme [SEC backgrounder], resulting in more than [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former federal judge and US Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey [WH factsheet; PBWT profile] will forbid US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] employees from discussing sensitive cases with outside agencies if he is confirmed as attorney general, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] said Thursday. [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Private security contractors operating in Iraq work largely above the law due to legal loopholes, according to a Thursday New York Times report [text] on the aftermath of Sunday's shooting death of at least eight Iraqi civilians at the hands of private security contractor Blackwater USA [corporate website]. The [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Thursday that two New Jersey students can protest against a school uniform policy [policy information and text] by wearing buttons that depict uniform-clad Hitler Youth [Britannica backgrounder]. Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. of the District of New Jersey [official website] relied on the 1969 Supreme [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian environmental advocacy group has sued the Canadian government over the 2007 Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act [text], alleging that the government's current compliance plan for the 2005 Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive] does not meet the act's minimum requirements. The application for judicial review [PDF text; Ecojustice [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A display featuring the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse passes constitutional muster because it does not promote religion, a federal judge held in a ruling released Wednesday. Judge Karl Forester of the Eastern District Court of Kentucky [official website] ruled against a lawsuit [ACLU backgrounder] brought by the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [GenocideWatch backgrounder] has expressed his desire to cooperate fully with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive], the court established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, an ECCC judge told the press Wednesday. You Bunleng, a [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website, in French], the lower house of the French parliament, passed a new immigration bill [dossier and materials, in French; JURIST report] aimed at increasing the ratio of skilled to unskilled immigrants entering France by a 91-45 vote Thursday. The bill has sparked controversy, both [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iran released on bail Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release; JURIST news archive] from prison Wednesday, according to IRNA, the official Iranian news agency. Tajbakhsh, employed by the Open Society Institute, will not be allowed to leave Iran without judicial approval. Tajbakhsh and Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN on Wednesday again rejected Taiwan's 15th bid for UN membership [JURIST report], as a UN committee balked at placing the issue on the General Assembly's agenda. Taiwan, which officially refers to itself as the Republic of China (ROC), was kicked out of the UN in 1971 by [read more]

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