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Legal news from Friday, October 12, 2007
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four Thai prosecutors traveled to London Friday to discuss the extradition of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on corruption charges [JURIST report], in order to discuss what evidence is necessary in UK courts to extradite Thaksin and his wife. The Thai lawyers said [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Sterling Heights Police and Fire Retirement System, a public Michigan pension fund, has filed a derivative action [press release] alleging misconduct by Mattel [corporate website], including failing to report toy defects to federal regulators, and in the case of one current and three former directors, engaging in insider [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that he would appoint [press release] Judge Mohamed Amin El Mahdi, Judge Erik Mose and Nicolas Michel [official profiles] to the selection panel that will recommend the judges and chief prosecutor for the new Special Tribunal for Lebanon [UN materials]. El Mahdi has [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government Friday rejected a UN Security Council [official website] denunciation [statement text; press release] of its use of violence against peaceful demonstrators and its accompanying call on the government to release political prisoners and negotiate with the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] signed a bill [AB1723 text, PDF] Thursday designed to increase funding to legal aid representation for low-income residents of California. The new law, which will take effect in January 2008, will enable banks to invest money from lawyers' client trust funds (IOLTA accounts) [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website, English version] opened proceedings Friday in the corruption trial of Ma Ying-jeou [personal website, in Chinese], the opposition presidential candidate in the 2008 Taiwanese presidential election. Ma was acquitted [JURIST report] of the corruption charges by the Taipei District Court, but the Taipei [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Friday agreed to review a "reconciliation ordinance" [JURIST report] that granted amnesty to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] and paved the way for a power-sharing agreement between Bhutto and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. The agreement reached [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] threatened to withdraw Russia from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty [US DOS backgrounder] Friday unless the treaty is expanded to include neighboring countries such as China, India and Pakistan. The treaty, signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1987, requires signatories [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court [official website] indefinitely stayed the execution of a man on death row Thursday, saying it will wait until the US Supreme Court reviews whether lethal injection is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment in Baze v. Rees (07-5439) [docket; cert. petition]. The Arizona Supreme Court has [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] El Salvador defended its 1993 amnesty law in a hearing [recorded video] Wednesday before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] dealing with the country's failure to investigate the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero [BBC backgrounder]. Representatives of the Salvadoran government maintained that the amnesty law [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A private advocacy group requested a temporary restraining order [press release; motion, PDF; motion exhibits, PDF] Thursday to compel the White House to save back-up disks of all e-mails relating to the Bush administration. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy website] sued the Executive Office of [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Over 2,000 people died while being arrested [press release] by various US state and local law enforcement officers between 2003 and 2005, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) reported [PDF text; statistics] Thursday, including over 1,000 deaths caused by the law enforcement officers themselves. The report, which was required [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Tunisian government Thursday condemned torture as "reprehensible," criticizing US District Judge Gladys Kessler for blocking the transfer [JURIST report] of a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Tunisia because he faced a threat of torture. In her decision last week, Kessler granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] [read more]

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