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17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling dismissing an antitrust class action lawsuit against a group of banks that require credit cardholders to use arbitration to settle disputes. The cardholders argue that the banks, which [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] was cleared of financial mismanagement in an independent audit [PDF text; summary, PDF] released Friday. The review was ordered by the ECCC Project Board in hopes that it would quell concerns raised by some foreign [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police Friday raided the offices of independent election observers and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website], arresting hundreds in an alleged crackdown on anti-government subversives. Witnesses say that police were searching for vote counting materials that might show that MDC candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Over 3,000 prison inmates convicted of crack cocaine offenses have had their sentences reduced under an amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines [USSC materials], according to a study [PDF text] released Thursday by the US Sentencing Commission [official website]. Of the 3,647 applications for early release, 3,075 have been [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Sgt. Jermaine A. Nelson should face court-martial for the November 2004 murder of an Iraqi detainee in Fallujah [JURIST news archive], a US Marine hearing officer found following an Article 32 pretrial hearing [JAG backgrounder]. Nelson was charged [JURIST report] in December with murder and five counts [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Friday that it has transferred [press release] a former Bosnian Croat leader who was convicted of war crimes related to the torture and persecutions of Muslims during the Bosnian War [JURIST news archive] to [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled [judgment text; press release] that Russia violated the civil rights of 13 men accused of terrorism in Uzbekistan by detaining them without trial for 20 months. In 2006, Russia agreed to extradite [JURIST report] the 13 men to Uzbekistan [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Argentinean politician and former police chief and mayor Luis Abelardo Patti, wanted by Argentina [JURIST news archive] for allegedly torturing and killing several people during Argentina's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was arrested in Buenos Aires Thursday. Patti, who was elected to Argentina's lower Congressional house [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday voted 95-0 [roll call] in favor of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) [HR 493 materials], legislation aimed at preventing employers and health insurers from discriminating against people who have a genetic predisposition to disease. Employers would be barred from basing hiring [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Navy Captain Prescott Prince [Miami Herald profile, PDF], the military-appointed lawyer [JURIST report] for confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], has expressed concern over the fairness of his client's upcoming military commission trial. In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Prince said that [read more]

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