Legal news from Friday, April 18, 2008
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Fannie Mae [corporate website] CEO Franklin Raines has agreed to pay $24.7 million [press release] to settle a civil lawsuit [JURIST report] brought by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website], OFHEO said Friday. In 2006, OFHEO filed the lawsuit [PDF text; press release, PDF] [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] is currently investigating 2,500 cases of public corruption, a 50 percent increase from five years ago, FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] said in a Thursday speech [text] to the American Bar Association. Mueller also said that corporate fraud cases had [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Protecting human rights is vital to bridging inequalities between countries, Pope Benedict XVI [official profile] said Friday in a speech [text] to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the third day of his visit to the United States [official websites]. The Pope said:Experience shows that legality [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission [official website] ministers Friday agreed [press release] on implementation of a new counter-terrorism package, including a proposal to amend the Framework Decision on combating terrorism [press release] to criminalize recruitment and training for terrorism, particularly when committed through the Internet. Despite recent criticism [JURIST report] by Council [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Maine Gov. John Baldacci [official website] signed a bill into law late Thursday that would require an applicant to show proof of US residency before being issued a state driver's license or ID card [JURIST news archive]. Forty-three other states already require proof of legal US residency to get [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Col. Lawrence Morris, chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo Bay military commissions, has said that the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and other Sept. 11 suspects will be broadcast live via closed-circuit television to several military bases so that victims' families can watch, [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] justice Rana Bhagwandas [JURIST news archive] Thursday told the Lahore High Court Bar Association that the Supreme Court as currently constituted is unconstitutional, and that its ruling [JURIST report] supporting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Zimbabwe on Friday dismissed an attempt by opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] to block a partial recount of Zimbabwe's March 29 elections [JURIST report]. Official election results have not yet been released, but independent tallies suggest [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 64-28 [roll call] Thursday to direct the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into discrepancies between the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU) [text; press release] as approved in Congress and the version that was sent to the president [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to set aside a decision [PDF text; JURIST report] by a federal judge sitting in Vermont that allowed Vermont to regulate automotive greenhouse gas emissions. In Green Mountain Plymouth Dodge Jeep v. Crombie, the US [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] swore in Silvana Arbia [press release] as new registrar in a ceremony at The Hague on Thursday, during which Arbia said [speech, PDF] that she intends to make protecting witnesses a priority as the ICC prepares for its first trial this [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canada requested in 2002 that the United States not send detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] after his capture in Afghanistan, according to a letter submitted with court documents filed by Khadr's lawyers Thursday. Khadr's lawyers have argued that Guantanamo was [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice has opened an internal probe into whether DOJ lawyers acted improperly when advising the US Department of Defense [official websites] in a 2003 memorandum [PDF text; JURIST report] that military interrogators could employ a wide range of interrogation methods when questioning foreign detainees outside [read more]

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