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Legal news from Tuesday, April 29, 2008
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] US law firm Milberg LLP [firm website], formerly Milberg Weiss, is in negotiations with federal prosecutors to settle accusations related to an alleged kickback scheme, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The firm pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] in 2006 to fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly paying up to [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police Tuesday released several hundred opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] supporters detained after police raids [JURIST report] last week. Twenty-nine women and children were released almost immediately last week, while the rest were released Tuesday pursuant to a court order [JURIST report]. Witnesses say that [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson said Monday in a court hearing that he would set a dollar figure [plaintiffs press release] on the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans in a 12-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs website; JURIST news archive] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in China are subject to increasing persecution and intimidation by the Chinese government, according to a report [text; press release] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found that rights lawyers working on cases involving sensitive issues, including land evictions [JURIST report], face the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and seven co-defendants began at the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] in Baghdad on Tuesday. Aziz, deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein's regime, and his co-defendants are charged in connection with the 1992 execution [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court sentenced 30 people to prison Tuesday for their roles in protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] last month. Three men received life sentences, including a Buddhist monk accused of destroying government property and leading attacks on police, while others were sentenced to terms ranging [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pojamarn Shinawatra, the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], on Tuesday entered a written plea of not guilty to corruption and fraud charges before the Thai Supreme Court. Pojamarn challenged the legitimacy of the anti-graft Assets Examination Commission in her pleading and [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Civil rights lawyer Jonathan Feinberg [firm profile] filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of 11 inmates challenging the "unconstitutional conditions" in which inmates are currently being held at four Philadelphia jails. US District Judge R. Barclay Surrick of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled [PDF text; JURIST report] last [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] on Tuesday made public an arrest warrant [PDF text, in French] for Bosco Ntaganda, who is accused of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [ICC materials]. The arrest warrant was issued in August 2006, but an ICC pre-trial chamber [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Top US Department of Defense officials said that there could be no acquittals at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military commissions and pressured prosecutors to bring charges against detainees, according to Monday testimony by former Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] at a pre-trial [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] began the war crimes trial of two former Serb paramilitary commanders Monday. Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic [indictment, PDF] are charged with murder, persecution, forced deportations and inhuman acts during the 1991-95 Balkan wars. Both [read more]

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