Legal news from Monday, October 1, 2007
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four doctors and a New Jersey pharmaceutical company were acquitted Monday of all criminal charges surrounding the dissemination of a tainted blood clotting product in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, a public health disaster that infected more than 20,000 people with hepatitis C and more than 1,000 people [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Monday that it would send a team of investigators to Iraq to study the circumstances surrounding a September shooting incident involving employees of the privately contracted security firm Blackwater USA [corporate website] that left 11 Iraqi civilians dead. According to the [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of controversial al-Dustour [media website] editor Ibrahim Eissa [al-Ahram profile] on charges of allegedly spreading "rumors" about the health of Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak [official profile] in an August newspaper report began in Cairo Monday. Eissa chose not to appear for the beginning of his trial, but [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A new law protecting private property in China took effect Monday, after it was approved [JURIST report] by the Chinese National People's Congress [official website] in March. Chinese lawmakers considered the bill for over 13 years and it underwent multiple drafts [JURIST report] before legislators agreed on a final [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Board of Education of the City of New York v. Tom F. [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-637, in which the Court considered whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text] [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed its ruling that a Polish woman's rights were violated when she was denied an abortion based on medical concerns that the pregnancy may cause her to go blind. Alicja Tysiac suffered a retinal hemorrhage after delivering her child by cesarean [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Israel [JURIST news archive] released 57 Palestinian detainees Monday in a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile], just days before a planned peace conference sponsored by the US. Last week, the Israeli cabinet approved the release of 90 Palestinians [JURIST report], the remainder of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Houston oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt [NYT profile] pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his involvement in the Iraq Oil-for-Food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Wyatt pleaded guilty to only one of five charges against him for his alleged payment of millions of dollars [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Monday turned back a number of cases brought before it for review, including the appeal [docket] of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] challenging the constitutionality of the military commission system. Hamdan was allegedly a driver [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A new law criminalizing the incitement of religious hatred came into effect [press release Monday in England and Wales. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act [text] makes intentionally stirring up hatred against people on religious grounds punishable by a jail sentence of up to seven years. Previously, certain religious [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese dissident writer has been formally arrested [CRD press release] in Hangzhou on charges of "inciting subversion of power," advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said Sunday. Lu Gengsong was initially detained on August 24 on suspicion of subverting state power and illegal possession of state secrets but [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Eight more detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay [press release], the US Defense Department said Sunday. According to the DOD announcement, six detainees were transferred to Afghanistan, one was transferred to Libya and one to Yemen. The names of the eight men were not released nor was the [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] begins its fall term Monday with oral arguments [SCOTUS materials] in cases concerning the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the state of Washington's primary election system. Among the high-profile cases the Court will consider during October Term 2007 [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday ordered three Islamabad law enforcement officials to be suspended over Saturday's crackdown on lawyers and journalists [JURIST report] protesting the reelection bid of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] outside [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Unofficial results of Constituent Assembly elections in Ecuador [JURIST news archive] on Sunday give the ruling coalition led by President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; personal website] a landslide victory. Though Correa claimed an immediate victory, opposition leader Gilmar Gutierrez said he will refuse to accept a leftist [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladeshi property tycoon Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and his family were convicted in absentia by Bangladesh's anti-corruption commission [governing statute, PDF] of evading taxes amounting to $1.2 million and sentenced to five years in jail Sunday. Sobhan, chairman of property conglomerate Bashundara Group [corporate website], left Bangladesh when the government [read more]

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