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Legal news from Tuesday, April 1, 2008
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] US senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] to investigate the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] after learning that the number of fines ordered by the SEC dropped by more than half [Bloomberg [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The lower house of the Polish parliament [official website, in Polish] voted 384-56 Tuesday to approve the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. The upper house is expected to ratify the treaty Wednesday. Poland had raised numerous objections [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday rejected new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) [official website] rules [FR final rule notice, PDF] that would have retroactively limited the number of claims that can be included in a patent application and the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration plans to invoke legal waivers to push through completion of 267 miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archve] by the end of this year, federal officials said Tuesday according to AP. The waivers, authorized under Title I sec. 102 of the [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Defense official pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Monday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] to one count of conspiracy for disclosing national defense information. Gregg William Bergersen, an analyst at the DOD's Defense Security Cooperation Agency [official [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] Tuesday ruled [judgment] that a person in a same-sex partnership has the right to collect their partner's pension benefits after that partner's death. The ruling came in the case of a man who was in a registered same-sex partnership in Germany. According [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian security forces Tuesday arrested five members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] as they were posting campaign fliers on behalf of Muslim Brotherhood candidates slated to run in local council elections scheduled for April 8. Tuesday's arrests add to the over 800 Muslim Brotherhood members [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's most senior judge concluded that UK courts are "seriously overstretched" in his first Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts [PDF text], published Monday. Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [BBC profile] expressed some frustration with the difficult position he said judges were being [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations should investigate Australia for its alleged military intervention in Fiji during the December 2006 military coup [JURIST report] in Fiji, the Fiji Human Rights Commission [official website] said in a report [PDF text] released Tuesday. The commission said that Australia's naval presence in the region and [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday sent a joint letter [text; press release] to Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, urging an end to the violent crackdown by Nepalese government security forces against Tibetan protesters and accusing the Nepalese government of preemptively detaining Tibetans [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of a Ninth Circuit ruling affirming a district court opinion [JURIST reports] rejecting the Bush administration's attempt to exempt the US Navy from environmental laws [JURIST report] so that [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch], who released a controversial 15-minute film titled "Fitna" through his website last week, agreed on Monday to edit out a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] after its creator threatened to sue [JURIST report] Wilders for copyright infringement. [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentinean naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] was extradited Monday from Spain to Argentina, where he will face trial for crimes committed during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Cavallo was a lieutenant at the Navy School of Mechanics [read more]

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