Legal news from Monday, October 22, 2007
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] plan to subject former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks [JURIST news archive] to a control order [JURIST news archive] that would restrict his movements and communications as well as require him to check in with police once every year, according to Monday [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] Monday utilized his power under the Real ID Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive] to circumvent a federal district court decision handed down last week that on environmental grounds ordered the delay of fence construction along part of the Arizona-Mexico border. [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] Monday chided the Canadian government for not doing enough to maintain Canada's reputation in the global community as an advocate for human rights [JURIST news archive]. Arbour, a former Canadian Supreme Court justice, said at a diversity conference in [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Monday upheld [judgment, DOC; press release] a 1999 conviction of French author Mathieu Lindon for defamation. In his book "The Trial of Jean-Marie Le Pen," Lindon suggested that France's far-right National Front [party website, in French] leader Jean-Marie Le Pen [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar agreed Monday to accept a visit by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] ahead of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] summit meetings next month. Pinheiro has been blocked from visiting Myanmar since 2003. The announcement came as UN special envoy [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government Monday introduced a new security certificates bill [press release] in the House of Commons [official website] in response to a February Supreme Court decision [text] that gave it one year to re-write existing law or have that voided as unconstitutional. Security certificates [PSC backgrounder] allow the [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] will not open a formal investigation into allegations that computer chip maker Intel offered unfair discounts to convince computer makers to buy its products over those made by rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate websites], according to the New York Times [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) warlord Germain Katanga [Trial Watch profile; ICC materials] made an anticipated appearance [press release; JURIST report] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague Monday. Katanga, only the second criminal defendant to appear before the tribunal so far, is [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors will push for a nine-year prison sentence for exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in connection with charges that he embezzled millions from the Russian national airline Aeroflot [corporate website], a lawyer appointed to Berezovsky's case said Monday. Berezovsky, who has been residing [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers argued [motion, PDF] in documents filed with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Friday that the court does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal from the US Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR) [DOD materials] by Guantanamo detainee Omar [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Dallas federal judge declared a mistrial Monday on nearly all 197 counts in a controversial case against the Islamic Holy Land Foundation [LOC archived website; ADL backgrounder] charity and five of its leaders. Judge A. Joe Fish took the step after three jurors insisted that the verdicts of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] justice said at a hearing Monday on the results of the recent presidential election ostensibly re-electing President Pervez Musharraf that the spectre of martial law continues "haunting" the country, despite efforts to move past the issue. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday said that the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Reversing the US Supreme Court's abortion decision in Roe v. Wade [LII backgrounder; opinion text] would not prevent wealthy women from getting abortions, but would have a "devastating" effect on underprivileged females, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [OYEZ profile] said in a Sunday speech at an Atlanta synagogue. Ginsburg said [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft will take the necessary steps [EU press release] to comply with a 2004 European Commission (EC) [official website] antitrust ruling [text; EU materials] against it, the EC announced Monday. The software company has agreed to allow open source software developers to access and use interoperability information, reduce the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russia will create an organization to track and monitor human rights abuses in Europe and the US, according to Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer on Russia's new Public Chamber [official website, in Russian], an ombudsman-like body established two years ago at the urging of Russian President Vladimir Putin to analyze [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw [official profile] favors televising proceedings of the UK Supreme Court, the Times reported Monday. The new top court, created by the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 [text], is expected to open in October 2009 and would technically replace [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki [Iran MFA website] urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Monday to "take legal action" against 400 companies that allegedly supplied chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] during the 1980-1988 Iraqi war with Iran [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Mottaki said that action [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese lawmaker Gao Jyh-peng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [party website] led by beleaguered Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [official profile; BBC profile] was indicted Monday on graft charges. Prosecutors allege that Gao, a close acquaintance of Chen, accepted $15,300 worth of New Taiwan dollars to help a [read more]

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