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Legal news from Thursday, August 14, 2008
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The United States and Libya reached an agreement [US DOS press release; press statement] on Thursday to settle all pending lawsuits brought by US terror victims against Libya, including 26 lawsuits related to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder; JURIST new archive] over Lockerbie, Scotland. [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday agreed to an en banc rehearing [order, PDF; CCR press release] of a case brought by Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] seeking a declaratory judgment against US government officials for deporting him to Syria. The court [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced [press release] on Wednesday that it has reached a tentative agreement [PDF text] with ten US stock exchanges to centralize insider trading controls among the institutions. Under the plan, the programs to prevent and detect insider trading will be centrally controlled [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A New Orleans judge on Wednesday threw out indictments against the so-called "Danziger Seven" [advocacy website], police officers accused of murder in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. District Judge Raymond Bigelow ruled that prosecutors had violated state law by revealing grand jury testimony to a witness [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia's Constitutional Court has accepted a death penalty challenge filed by three men condemned for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder]. Mukhlas, Imam Samudra and Amrozi Nurhasyim [BBC profiles] argue that death by firing squad amounts to "torture" and is contrary to Islamic law [VOA [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia filed a complaint [PDF text; press release, PDF] against Russia with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Tuesday, alleging that invading Russian troops have engaged in murder, rape and mass displacement of civilians during the recent conflict between the countries. Georgia also accused Russia of [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board [official website] head Mirza Mohammad Taiyab [Star profile] on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to corruption charges based on allegations that he received free dental work in return for granting a government contract. His indictment is the latest of several brought by the country's Anti-Corruption Agency [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nigeria officially turned over the entirety of the disputed Bakassi peninsula [UN backgrounder] to neighboring Cameroon on Thursday, in compliance with a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling [ICJ materials]. Basing its ruling on an old colonial agreement between England and Germany, the ICJ had ruled that the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Gen. Gregory Zanetti [official profile], deputy commander at Guantanamo Bay, testified [Miami Herald report] Wednesday that military commissions [JURIST news archive] legal advisor Gen. Thomas Hartmann [official profile] routinely bullied his counterparts and was inappropriately aggressive in seeking indictments against detainees. Zanetti's testimony fit in with earlier [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Energy company Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals (KMBT) [corporate website] was sentenced Wednesday for its improper disposal of potash (potassium chloride) in violation of the Ocean Dumping Act [text]. In 2003, a KMBT employee dumped 160 metric tons of potash into the ocean after the substance came into contact with [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] held Wednesday that publisher Penguin Group [corporate website] will retain the right to publish ten John Steinbeck [National Steinbeck Center bio] novels. The heirs involved in this copyright action already receive a percentage of the sales proceeds, but [read more]

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