Legal news from Friday, September 19, 2008
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; EFF press release] seeking injunctive, declaratory and equitable relief from the National Security Agency (NSA) [agency website] warrantless surveillance program [JURIST news archive], which gave government agencies access to over 300 terabytes of [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday announced that former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [PBS backgrounder] will be held for another year as prosecutors continue to build a war crimes case against him. Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo [official website] Thursday said his department is conducting an investigation [AP report] into whether some investors used illegal methods to profit from recent declines in banking and insurance stocks. It is alleged that some investors combined the short-selling [Forbes backgrounder] of stock with [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Psychological Association (APA) [official website] announced Wednesday that it had adopted a measure [petition text; APA press release] prohibiting members from participating in interrogations of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and other military prisons where suspects have allegedly been tortured. The resolution, approved by [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army Special Forces soldier faces court-martial proceedings [JURIST news archive] following his arraignment [press release] in connection with the killing of an Afghan man earlier this year. The Army announced Thursday that Master Sgt. Joseph D. Newell of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) [unit website] based [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The State Council of China [official website, in English] on Thursday issued regulations implementing ambiguous provisions of the Labor Contract Law [backgrounder] that took effect [JURIST report] at the beginning of this year. Among other clarifications, the regulations provide that contracts without a termination date do not have a [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] In an indictment unsealed on Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged [indictment, PDF; DOJ press release] sixteen individuals and companies from Iran [JURIST news archive] and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on thirteen counts related to alleged conspiracies to illegally export electronic components to Iran, in violation [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] announced Thursday it would appeal [press release, PDF] a Pietermaritzburg High Court judgment invalidating corruption charges [JURIST report] against politician Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The NPA stated that the appeal will argue that the "court's interpretation of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed the Second Amendment Enforcement Act (H.R. 6842) [bill text], which would repeal multiple parts of the District of Columbia's Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975, including its semiautomatic handgun ban, its registration requirements, and its mandate that any guns [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty [official website] on Thursday urged Canadian officials to embrace his call for an outright ban on handguns. Acknowledging that all federal leaders should use the upcoming October election to discuss the issue, McGuinty commented [The Globe and Mail local coverage]: We have an opportunity as [read more]

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