Legal news from Tuesday, October 28, 2008
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Huang Songyou [official profile] was removed from his position [Xinhua report] as vice president of China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin] Tuesday in a vote by Chinese legislators. No explanation was given for the action, but earlier this month, Huang was reportedly detained by party officials [South [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Florence Hartmann [book publicity interview] declined Monday to enter a plea on two counts of contempt she faces for allegedly releasing restricted information regarding court rulings in the case of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website] on Monday withdrew a lawsuit she had brought against president Victor Yushchenko [official website; JURIST news archive] and the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) [official website, in Ukrainian] challenging Yushchenko's plan to dissolve parliament and hold new elections. Tymoshenko said the challenge [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Reports of hate crimes dropped approximately one percent in 2007 from the previous year but incidents of sexual-orientation bias crimes increased by six percent, according to the 2007 Hate Crime Statistics [report; press release] released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] Monday. The FBI reported [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. [corporate websites] on Monday settled an antitrust suit with Discover Financial Services [corporate website] for $2.75 billion. Under the settlement, $1.8875 billion was apportioned to Visa [press release] and $862.5 million to Mastercard [press release] under a judgment-sharing agreement. This settlement is the result [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW)[advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday called on Laos [HRW press release] to release leaders of the ethnic minority Hmong [materials] who were forcibly repatriated from Thailand and imprisoned in Laos for their roles in a June protest demonstration Thai refugee camp, denouncing the move [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] Monday sentenced Steven Schulman and David Bershad, two former partners of the law firm now known as Milberg LLP [firm website], to six months in prison each for their role in a scheme to [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US presidential campaigns of both Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain [campaign websites] are recruiting large numbers of lawyers to monitor and protect voters' rights in the upcoming national election, according to a New York Times report [text]. The Obama camp initiated its Voter Protection Program [volunteer [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Monday preliminarily enjoined parts of a new state law [SB 714 s. 589.426 text, PDF] requiring registered sex offenders to avoid most Halloween activities, suggesting that parts of the law as written are [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday convicted Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) [official website] on seven counts of making false statements [18 USC s. 1001(a) text] relating to an alleged corruption scheme and for falsifying his Financial Disclosure Forms. Stevens [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Richard Leon [official profile] of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday ruled [order, PDF] that in order to be validly held as an "enemy combatants," Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST news archive] must have directly supported hostilities against the US or its [read more]

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