Legal news from Monday, January 14, 2008
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] A French court Monday froze bank accounts belonging to several Russian state organizations [BBC report; Kommersant report] including the Central Bank of Russia, [official website] the Russian Finance Ministry [official website], the presidential administration's foreign property arm, the Russian Energy Ministry [official website], state arms monopoly Rosoboronexport, [company website] [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] without comment a petition for certiorari filed in Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs v. von Eschenbach (07-444) [docket], a case challenging the constitutionality of the government's ability to deny terminally ill [read more]

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[JURIST] A report [PDF text; press release] issued Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] criticized efforts by the Bush administration to prepare for a potential bird flu pandemic by relying on a law enforcement/national security approach rather than a public health approach. The report, authored by [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] New International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [JURIST report; ICC profile] does not plan to amend his predecessor's tough stance on Serbian cooperation, Reuters reported an ICTY spokeswoman as saying Monday. Former chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [official profile] long criticized [read more]

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[JURIST] French prosecutors Monday urged a criminal court in Creteil, a suburb of Paris, to convert the sentences of six French aid workers convicted and sentenced in Chad for their role in the attempted airlift [JURIST report] of 103 supposed Darfur [JURIST news archive] orphans to France from eight years [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A former defense lawyer for German Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel [ADL profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison Monday after being convicted of incitement and insulting the court during Zundel's original trial in 2005. Throughout Zundel's trial, Sylvia Stolz [Tagespiegel profile, in German; JURIST report] repeatedly [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) Monday announced [press release] formal investigations into two new allegations that Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has abused its dominant market position regarding a range of Internet and operating system software. The EC will look into charges that Microsoft violated Article 82 [text] of [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [organization website] and the US military have installed a video teleconferencing system at Bagram Airbase [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Afghanistan to allow detainees held at the base to speak with loved ones, the ICRC said [press release] Monday. The system is available [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers and activists from 38 Asian Pacific countries meeting Monday at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Environmental Justice and Enforcement [press release] in Bangkok, Thailand, criticized lax enforcement of environmental laws throughout Asia, saying that governments have ignored enforcement in favor of promoting economic development. Attending environmental lawyers also [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two Russian offices of the British Council [official website] in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg resumed operations Monday, defying a shutdown order [JURIST report] from the Russian government. Russian authorities say that the Council has violated Russian tax laws; the Council, a non-departmental public body that promotes UK culture abroad, [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge on Iraq's federal court of appeal was assassinated by gunmen Monday morning on his way to work in the western Baghdad district of Mansour. Amir Jawdat al-Naeib was also a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, the body which administers judicial affairs in Iraq. AP has more. [read more]

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[JURIST] Admiral Mike Mullen [official profile], the Chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], said in an interview with reporters Sunday that the US facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST news archive] should be closed. Mullen, who was confirmed by the Senate [Reuters report] as Chairman [read more]

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