Legal news from Saturday, August 9, 2008
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Friday sentenced [DOJ press release] Tai Shen Kuo, a naturalized US citizen and Louisiana businessman, to 188 months in prison for his part in a conspiracy to deliver national defense information to China [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. [corporate website] disclosed Friday in its quarterly report [text; materials] that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] is investigating possible breaches of procedure by one of the bank's subsidiaries in auction-rate securities sales and purchases. Auction-rate securities [New York Times [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN observed its fourteenth International Day of the World’s Indigenous People [official website] Saturday, marking the first observance since the September 2007 adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [text, PDF; FAQ, PDF]. In 1994, the General Assembly declared [A/RES/49/214 text, PDF] that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] International human rights groups on Saturday condemned any violence Russian or Georgian forces might commit against civilians in the separatist region of South Ossetia [BBC backgrounder], warning that those actions may amount to war crimes. After a period of smaller conflicts, on Friday the Republic of Georgia [official backgrounder; [read more]

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