Legal news from Monday, May 19, 2008
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] is pursuing fraud charges against four former Time Warner [corporate website] executives for their alleged involvement in a 2000-2002 plot to defraud investors by inflating advertising revenue, according to Monday reports. Charges against four other executives, including former head of the [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK legislators Monday voted 336-176 against a proposed ban [Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill materials] on the use of human-animal hybrid embryo stem cells [JURIST news archive] in scientific and medical research. The decision was highly controversial, with many ban proponents arguing that it was necessary to prevent potential [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] New Zealand's Human Rights Commission [official website] announced [press release] Monday that the Human Rights Review Tribunal [NZ Ministry of Justice materials] has found the nation's accident compensation system to be inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act [text], a 1990 law guaranteeing freedom from discrimination. The decision [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile] has signed a measure to establish an anti-corruption council to be headed by Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Naryshkin [profile, in Russian], Medvedev announced at a Monday press conference [remarks]. Medvedev said that a comprehensive national anti-corruption program was necessary to tackle social [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] denied certiorari Monday in Demjanjuk v. Mukasey [order, PDF; case docket], ending the appeals process of a deportation order for accused former Nazi concentration camp guard and Ohio resident John Demjanjuk [JURIST news archive]. Demjanjuk, twice stripped of his US [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official profile] personally received cash [Jerusalem Post report] from US businessman Morris Talansky while serving as a minister of industry, trade and labor, a state prosecutor said Monday in a hearing at the Supreme Court of Israel. Last week, police raided Olmert's offices [JURIST [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian government is engaged in systematic human rights abuses, an Iranian human rights group said in an annual report released Sunday. The Defenders of Human Rights Centre, a group founded and headed by 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi [Nobel profile], condemned the government for continued harassment and [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile] told AFP Sunday that he would resign if the Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] invalidated his victory in the disputed 2007 presidential election [JURIST report]. In March, Nigerian opposition leader and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] asked the Supreme Court to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's Chief Rabbinate [official website, in Hebrew], the body that authorizes and conducts marriages in the country, should allow marriages between people of different religious faiths, Israeli Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann [official profile] said Sunday. The Chief Rabbinate currently requires all marriages to adhere to Orthodox Jewish law and [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down four decisions [order list, PDF] Monday, including United States v. Rodriquez [LII case backgrounder], where the Court ruled [text] that for purposes of increasing a sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [text] a conviction qualifies as [read more]

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