Legal news from Tuesday, April 15, 2008
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website] Tuesday settled [settlement, PDF; press release] its lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] challenging the department's tactics for dealing with large protests. Under the settlement, the NYPD agreed to make sure protesters can get into designated [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled [PDF text] Tuesday that a $7 billion lawsuit [JURIST report] filed by Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA [corporate website] against Citigroup [corporate website] could go forward on a claim that Citigroup aided and abetted former Parmalat executives in misappropriating company money. Parmalat [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US military court opened an Article 32 hearing [press release] in Baghdad on Tuesday for a civilian military contractor accused of aggravated assault. Earlier this month, the US military charged [JURIST report] Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali, a dual Iraqi-Canadian citizen working as a translator in Iraq, with the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of the death of dictator Pol Pot [BBC profile] by urging [statement; UN News report] the international community and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to continue efforts to bring senior leaders [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of a private body established by Congress to oversee accounting practices in publicly traded companies. In 2006, conservative business organization Free Enterprise Fund challenged [JURIST report] provisions in [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] argued before a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Tuesday that the court has jurisdiction to intervene in Khadr's case to determine whether only detainees found to be "unlawful enemy combatants" [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian military court handed down its final verdict [MB press release] Tuesday in the military trial of 40 senior members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder], sentencing 25 of the accused to prison time and acquitting 15 others. The 40 Brotherhood members were originally charged [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The rule of law is a necessary prerequisite to achieving all eight of the UN's anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [official website; official backgrounder], UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa [official profile] said in an address [text; press release] Monday at the opening of [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two tax cases Tuesday, including MeadWestvaco Corp. v. Illinois Department of Revenue [LII case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court overturned an Illinois state court decision allowing the state to tax a portion of the $1 [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] China has disciplined nearly 3,000 people and imposed criminal penalties on over 530 more for their involvement in illegal land seizures, an official from the Chinese Law Enforcement and Supervision Bureau under the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources [official website, in Chinese] said Monday. Bureau director Zhang Xinbao [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's military government has arrested more than 20 peaceful demonstrators protesting the scheduled May 10 national constitutional referendum [JURIST report], the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) said Tuesday. The NLD also said that government security forces have detained a close aide of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] unanimously adopted a resolution late Monday calling for a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The resolution now goes to the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In January, President Pervez [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defense [official website] confirmed Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with an Iraqi teenage civilian who was paralyzed in an accidental shooting in Basra in 2003. The plaintiff, who was 13 at the time of the shooting, had filed a civil negligence action in [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] At least 1200 people were executed worldwide in 2007, and 88 percent of those executions took place in five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Tuesday by human rights group Amnesty International. Saudi Arabia had the most [read more]

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