Legal news from Tuesday, February 12, 2008
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [LII profile] Tuesday defended the use of harsh physical interrogation techniques, saying in an interview [recorded audio] with Law in Action [media website] on BBC Radio 4 that they may be justified to deter an immediate threat. Scalia argued that "so-called torture" may [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Democrats announced their continued support Tuesday for a US Sentencing Commission [official website] decision to give retroactive effect [JURIST report] to sentencing guidelines that would narrow the disparity between sentences for offenses involving powder and crack cocaine, rejecting Department of Justice arguments against the retroactivity because the [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Shi'ite and Sunni lawmakers walked out of Iraq's parliament [official website, in Arabic] Tuesday, prompting speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani [JURIST news archive] to threaten to disband the legislature. The walkout was sparked by divisions between Kurdish and other lawmakers over what percentage of the national income [JURIST report] should be [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] China, Russia and Canada are the main violators of US copyright law, according to report [text, PDF] issued Monday by a US-based industry group. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a consortium of seven trade associations representing 1,900 US companies producing and distributing copyrighted materials, found that the number [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 69-29 [roll call] Tuesday in favor of a cloture motion [Senate backgrounder] limiting further debate on a bill [S 2248 materials] which would provide immunity for telecommunications companies [JURIST report] from lawsuits related to their participation in the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Wayne County Employees' Retirement System (WCERS) [official website] on Monday filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery [official website] challenging the decision of the Yahoo! [corporate website] board of directors to repudiate an unsolicited takeover offer made February 1 by Microsoft [corporate website] for the Internet [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan defense investigator Leonidas Nshogoza pleaded not guilty Monday before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] to charges of contempt and attempted contempt of the ICTR. Nshogoza was arrested in June 2007 for allegedly bribing witnesses, fabricating evidence and "interfering in the administration [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] South African Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula [official profile] on Tuesday introduced in parliament a proposal to dissolve the Directorate of Special Investigations [official backgrounder; BBC report], also known as "The Scorpions," a special agency in South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] that has been in [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] Tuesday carried out an unannounced inspection [press release] at the Munich office of semiconductor manufacturing giant Intel [corporate website], as part of an investigation into Intel's possible anticompetitive practices directed at rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate website]. The European Union [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The widow and son of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] could be tried in absentia on charges that the two organized a cigarette smuggling ring in Serbia during the 1990s, Serbian organized crime prosecutor Miljko Radisavljevic said Tuesday. Mirjana Markovic [BBC profile; Interpol warrant] and her [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday submitted to the 2008 Conference on Disarmament (CD) [official website] a draft treaty, jointly proposed with China, that would regulate the use of weapons in space. According to a press release [text] from the conference:Sergey Lavrov, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Danish police on Tuesday arrested several people suspected in a plot to murder Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, one of the 12 cartoonists who published cartoons [Le Monde slideshow] of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in 2005 that sparked widespread protests across the Islamic world. According to Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court ruled Tuesday that the children of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will have to defend Suharto's estate against a civil corruption case. A prosecutor said that all of Suharto's six children will be summoned to court next week, and one [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday issued an order [PDF text] permitting the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy website] to conduct "very limited" discovery in its case against the White House Office of Administration (OA) [official website], the government office that provides administrative [read more]

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