Legal news from Friday, July 18, 2008
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced Thursday that it has filed additional antitrust charges against microprocessor manufacturer Intel [corporate website] for anti-competitive actions it has allegedly taken against rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate websites]. In a Supplementary Statement of Objections (SSO), the EC said that Intel had [read more]

15:07 EDT

A court in Tunisia [US State Department backgrounder] on Wednesday convicted five men, including two government officials, of involvement in a terror plot against the Tunisian government [official website, in French]. National security force officer Souhail Guezdah was sentenced to to nine years in prison, while deputy prison head [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian prosecutors confirmed on Friday that they are gathering evidence for a case against an alleged World War II Nazi guard currently living in the United States. Peter Egner, 86, has admitted to serving in the Nazi-run Security Police and Security Service, a unit which is believed to have [read more]

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[JURIST] Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft [official profile] testified [C-Span video, flash; prepared statement, PDF] before the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday, defending advice the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave the Bush administration on the legality of certain interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects. Ashcroft had been called before [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday was denied his request to replace the presiding judge at his ongoing corruption trial [JURIST report]. Berlusconi's legal team claimed [ANSA report] that judge Nicoletta Gandus was biased after she commented on laws passed by the previous [read more]

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[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Thursday that he will widen his investigation into war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive] to include attacks by rebel groups against African Union (AU) [official website] peacekeeping forces. Speaking at a press conference [UN News [read more]

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[JURIST] A US district court judge on Thursday rejected a bid [PDF text] to stay the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], ruling that a civilian court should refrain from review until the military commission had issued a "final judgment." Hamdan's lawyers had [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Belgian King Albert II [official website] declined to accept the resignation [press release, in Dutch] of Prime Minister Yves Leterme [personal website, in Dutch; JURIST report] on Thursday. Leterme submitted his resignation Monday night because of his coalition government's inability to successfully divide federal powers between the Flemish- and [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration abandoned plans to impose Clean Air Act (CAA) [text] regulations on power plants and other stationary pollution sources after opposition from the oil industry, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Friday by the House Select Committee on Global Warming [official website]. Based on [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] said Thursday that Texas will go forward with the August 5 execution of a Mexican national despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] order staying the execution [order and press release, PDF]. The ICJ ordered Wednesday that a mandated review be [read more]

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