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Legal news from Friday, September 12, 2008
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US military prosecutors have brought war crimes charges [charge sheet, PDF] against a detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] who they allege stored and concealed anti-tank mines in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. The detainee, named Obaidullah, was charged Wednesday with conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism [text, [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Voting-rights advocates and elections officials fear that a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF; press release] brought by the Wisconsin Department of Justice [official website] will effectively disenfranchise thousands of voters by causing chaos at the polls in November. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen [official profile] filed suit against the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday settled a shareholder suit against a group of former executives from American International Group (AIG) [corporate website], including AIG ex-CEO and chairman Maurice "Hank" Greenberg. The lawsuit, filed in 2002 in the Delaware Chancery Court, concerned improper transfers of [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a claimant had produced insufficient medical evidence to recover from a settlement fund established to compensate those harmed by the weight-loss medication known as fen-phen [FDA backgrounder]. The Philadelphia-based [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] introduced a new bill entitled the "Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Ethiopia Act of 2008" [S. 3427 text, PDF] in the Senate on Tuesday, calling for greater support for individual and political rights in Ethiopia [JURIST news archive]. The bill [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Grand jury transcripts [materials] released Thursday suggest that testimony critical to the 1953 espionage [JURIST news archive] conviction of Ethel Rosenberg [academic profile] was perjured. The National Archives made public [press release] nearly 1,000 pages of testimony given by 41 of the 45 grand jury witnesses in the Rosenberg [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [HRW press release] the Maoist-led Nepalese government Thursday to 'vigorously' investigate and prosecute those responsible for the grave human rights violations allegedly committed during the country's civil war. In a joint report [text], HRW and the Nepal-based Advocacy Forum [advocacy website] recommended [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Fiji's former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile] said Friday that police have failed to take his statement [FijiVillage report] regarding treason allegations he has made against the country's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama [BBC profile]. Earlier this month, Qarase charged that Bainimarama and others who participated in [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [official website] urged UN members Thursday to support his country's request for an International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] advisory opinion on the legality of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo [JURIST news archive]. In Thursday's letter [B92 report] to all UN members, Tadic [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne [official profile] pledged Thursday that he would "take swift action to restore the public trust" following an investigation which found corruption in the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website; JURIST news archive] agency charged with collecting royalties from mineral rights to [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] found Ljubisa Petkovic [ICTY case materials, PDF] guilty of contempt [summary judgement; press release] on Thursday for refusing to testify against Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case materials, PDF]. Petkovic had [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Jacques Barrot [official website] on Thursday said Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] is taking a "step in the right direction" by keeping data on search engine users for nine months rather than 18. Google announced the change [blog posting; Reuters report] this [read more]

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