Legal news from Monday, October 20, 2008
23:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday appointed a special master [order, PDF] to investigate and oversee a water rights case [JURIST report; Supreme Court docket] brought by Montana against Wyoming and North Dakota. Montana officials argued in February 2007 filings [text, PDF] that Wyoming officials breached the [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Bulgarian court on Monday began criminal proceedings against nine people accused of embezzling millions of dollars from European Union (EU) [official website, English] aid funds. The defendants are accused of stealing 14 million leva ($9.6 million) from funds made available to Bulgaria by the EU as part of [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US military and civilian prosecutors have petitioned [motion, PDF] to have the prison term for Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] reconsidered, arguing that the Guantanamo military commission which heard his case improperly gave him credit for time spent in custody, according to documents released [WSJ report] [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The High Criminal Court in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday began the trial [Turkish Daily News report] of 86 defendants accused of attempting to destabilize and overthrow the country's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. The accused are said to belong to the secular Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder] group, [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish prosecutors Monday challenged a probe launched by Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] into the disappearances of tens of thousands of people from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] through the early years of Francisco Franco's dictatorship [BBC backgrounder], asserting that any wartime [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Communist Party of China (CPC) [official website; CFR backgrounder] Central Committee Sunday issued a new policy paper liberalizing the country's land use laws in an effort to decrease rural poverty and increase the country's agricultural capacity. The CPC announced its approval [JURIST report] of the Decision on Major [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in the case of Flores-Figueroa v. United States (08-108) [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The Court will consider whether the government must show that the defendant had actual knowledge that the means of identification [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Opening arguments began Monday in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey in the criminal trial [materials] of five men accused of plotting to kill US soldiers at Fort Dix [official website]. The accused, all foreign-born Muslims in their 20s, are charged [JURIST report] with attempted [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The former vice mayor of Beijing, Liu Zhihua, has been given a suspended death sentence for bribery and corruption, according to state media reports [Xinhua report] Sunday. Liu had been in charge of construction projects for China's capital city in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games. He had been [read more]

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