Legal news from Monday, March 10, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [profile] filed an emergency motion Monday seeking to block a district court ruling finding her in contempt of court [PDF text; JURIST report] for refusing to disclose government sources who provided information about former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven J. Hatfill [Washington [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Dutch appeals court Monday overturned the conviction of Dutch businessman Guus Kouwenhoven [BBC profile] for violating a UN embargo against the government of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. In 2006, a lower court convicted [JURIST report] Kouwenhoven of violating the embargo, but acquitted [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A German lawmaker has launched a challenge to the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], asking that Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website] rule on whether it is legal, according to Monday media reports. A lawyer for [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Registry officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] met Monday with a delegation of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to discuss procedural matters regarding the prosecution of several LRA leaders. The ICC said that the meeting was only to discuss procedural [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Monday to enforce subpoenas seeking information from former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten [official profiles] regarding the US Attorneys firing scandal [JURIST news archive]. Judiciary Committee Chairman John [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Mauritanian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] has threatened to sue US officials, alleging that he has been tortured in US custody. Lawyers for Mohamed Ould Sillahi [Amnesty International profile] told Reuters Monday that Sillahi was also tortured by officials in Jordan and Mauritania [JURIST news [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese prosecutors increased the number of corruption convictions against government officials by 30 percent in the past five years, according to a Monday report by Chinese Procurator-General Jia Chunwang [official profile, in Chinese] at the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress. Jia, who has headed the Supreme [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Philippines acquitted Imelda Marcos and two co-defendants of 32 counts of illegal fund transfers Monday, ending a 17-year criminal trial in which prosecutors accused the widow of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos [official profile] of illegally transferring up to $863 million to Swiss bank accounts. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thai prosecutors formally filed new corruption charges Monday against former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and other high-level officials, accusing Thaksin and the officials of illegally approving and operating funds from the state lottery. The military-appointed Assets Examination Committee has frozen nearly $2 billion [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official websites] have launched a criminal investigation into troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial [corporate website], according to a New York Times report Sunday. Federal authorities are investigating whether Countrywide criminally misrepresented its financial condition. The FBI is [read more]

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