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17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday launched a new initiative to combat income tax evasion. The National Tax Defier Initiative (TAXDEF) [press release] will investigate and prosecute those who actively "defy and deny" US tax laws, while also educating the public about the consequences of [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The anesthetic dosage delivered under Ohio's lethal injection [DPIC backgrounder] protocol is sufficient to prevent the condemned inmate from suffering during an execution, according to Tuesday testimony from an anesthesiologist during a court hearing on the constitutionality of Ohio's death penalty procedure [JURIST news archive]. The testimony by Dr. [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] Tuesday that an insurance company was not required to pay for water damage caused when New Orleans levees breached after Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Homeowner Joseph Sher sued Lafayette Insurance Company [corporate website] after the insurer refused to cover damage resulting [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday issued a custody order [press release] for a former Bosnian Serb special police officer suspected of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline, JURIST news archive]. Vaso Todorovic is accused of genocide stemming [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian Internet providers blocked access Tuesday to file-sharing websites including YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace [corporate websites], one week after a government order sought to prevent the transmission of a controversial anti-Islamic film [JURIST report] created by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch]. Indonesia's secular government [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two rights groups have filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Arizona challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's Proposition 100 [PDF text], which denies bail to illegal immigrants accused of committing serious felonies. In court papers filed Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST [FAQ] was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award [awards website] as the best Law website of 2008. Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbys" are the leading international [read more]

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[JURIST] A High Court judge in Harare agreed Tuesday to expedite a lawsuit seeking to compel the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) to immediately release the results of the nation's March 29 presidential elections [JURIST reports], but continued to refrain from issuing an immediate ruling in the case. On Monday, the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Switzerland Foreign Ministry [official website] has barred former ICTY chief prosecutor and current Swiss ambassador to Argentina Carla Del Ponte [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from publicly promoting her new book "The Hunt: Me and War Criminals," according to Tuesday reports. The Swiss government has said that statements [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations has a "moral duty to act on the lessons of Rwanda," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Monday in an address [text] to mark the fourteenth anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder]. Ban said:I am equally determined to work for human [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued five former San Diego city officials in federal court Monday, alleging they committed securities fraud by failing to disclose funding shortfalls in the city's pension and health care plans to potential buyers and sellers of San Diego's municipal bonds. The SEC [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police have arrested at least five election officials for allegedly under-counting votes for current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] during the March 29 presidential election [JURIST report], police officials confirmed Monday. Independent observers say that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Monday reversed and vacated [PDF opinion] a jury award of $2.5 million in punitive damages awarded to a Mississippi couple who lost their home in Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] and later sued State Farm Insurance for [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav [BBC profile] rejected a controversial plea agreement [JURIST report] Tuesday, opting instead to face rape charges [JURIST report] first brought against him in 2006. Under the terms of the plea agreement, which was upheld [JURIST report] by the Israeli Supreme Court in February, Katsav [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Philippines on Tuesday sentenced nine military officers to prison for their participation in a failed 2003 coup [BBC report] against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; BBC profile]. No shots were fired during the 2003 incident, in which 31 officers commandeered a Manila hotel, [read more]

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