Legal news from Thursday, January 10, 2008
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Louise Wood Flanagan of the Eastern District of North Carolina Thursday sentenced two former Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] employees to three years probation for possession of stolen firearms in exchange for their continued cooperation with a Justice Department investigation into whether the [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] Thursday that the US cannot deport an Egyptian Christian who fled to the United States in 1998 to reportedly escape religious persecution because of the risk that he may face torture in Egypt [JURIST news archive]. US District Judge [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian authorities Thursday confiscated the travel documents of the wife, son, daughter and son-in-law of at-large war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] after High Representative and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Miroslav Lajcak [official profile] ordered their seizure [official order] Wednesday at [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italy Thursday requested the extradition of 139 South Americans accused of kidnapping and murdering 25 Italian dissidents during Argentina's Dirty War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the 1970s and 80s. The suspects, including former Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla [TrialWatch profile], former Uruguayan dictator Juan Bordaberry [Wikipedia profile] and [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh Thursday sentenced former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed to seven years in prison on corruption charges. Ahbed was arrested in February 2007 and found guilty of accepting a bribe for a business contract. The arrest comes one day after Tarique Rahman [party profile, in [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the Georgian Republic [JURIST news archive] charged media and financial tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili [Reuters backgrounder] Thursday with conspiracy to overthrow the Georgian government. Patarkatsishvili allegedly offered a $100 million bribe to a senior police official if he would help him overthrow the government and kidnap the Georgian [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The conviction of US Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive], the only commissioned officer charged in connection to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal [JURIST news archive], has been annulled, his lawyer said Thursday. As convening authority in the case, Maj. Gen. Richard J. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The state of New York Thursday began a probe into alleged antitrust violations by computer chip giant Intel [corporate website] for possible anticompetitive practices directed at rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate website]. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced the investigation [press release] into possible breaches [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Chicago City Council signed off Wednesday on a $19.8 million agreement to settle torture allegations by four former death row inmates against the Chicago police [official website]. Labeling the allegations a "black eye," city officials said that they hoped a settlement will help to mend relations between the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri held Tuesday that the distribution of Bibles at elementary schools by religious organizations is unconstitutional [opinion, PDF] in violation of the First Amendment [text], ruling that a permanent injunction against the practice will be ordered [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] is preparing over 100 court cases against landowners along the US-Mexico border who have refused to allow construction of a 670-mile border fence on their properties, DHS officials said Wednesday. DHS sent 135 letters to hold-out property owners [AP report] [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Korea [official website, in Korean] on Thursday approved a special investigation of South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak [official website] over fraud allegations [AFP report] relating to stock price-rigging by a former business partner. Lee, who takes office on February 25, is now subject to a [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the US CIA's clandestine branch who ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], has told Congress that he will not testify about the videotapes without a grant of immunity, a lawyer for Rodriguez said Wednesday. The [read more]

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