Legal news from Friday, October 31, 2008
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge denied [ruling, PDF] a request [motion, PDF] by prosecutors Thursday to reconsider the prison term for Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], the former driver for Osama Bin Laden [JURIST news archive]. US military and civilian prosecutors filed the motion in September, arguing [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A draft of a European Commission [official website] report obtained by a Serbian newspaper this week has confirmed that Serbia [JURIST news archive] should remain eligible for candidacy within the European Union in 2009 provided the country continues to make progress on fighting corruption, forming an independent judiciary, and [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official site] on Thursday upheld a Missouri state law [SB 714 s. 589.426 text, PDF] designed to prevent registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities. The law requires sex offenders to post a sign reading "No candy or treats [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Thursday found Charles McArthur Emmanuel, son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive], guilty of charges [JURIST report] that he was involved in torture and other crimes in Liberia between 1999 [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian prosecutors Thursday condemned Albania's refusal to initiate an investigation into allegations of organ trafficking [JURIST news archive] in Kosovo. Albanian Prosecutor General Ina Rama refused Tuesday to cooperate with Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic [official website] and said that her country will only pursue the allegations if [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has asked Attorney General Baroness Scotland [official websites] to begin a criminal investigation into claims that both British and US officers contributed to the torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee and former UK resident Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST news archive], according to a government [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) [official website] Thursday announced that Russian oil companies Rosneft and LUKoil [corporate websites] broke competition laws in the Russian market by fixing monopoly-like prices this summer. The FAS found Rosneft and LUKoil fixed high prices for gasoline, diesel fuel, air fuel, and fuel oil. [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] In a landmark intellectual property decision Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-3 that a business concept for hedging risk in the field of commodities trading was too vague for patent protection. The case on an application by Bernard Bilski, [read more]

00:10 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] President Judge Phillippe Kirsch [official profile] told the UN General Assembly Thursday that the ICC is at a "critical stage" [transcript, PDF] ten years after its creation. Presenting his annual report [text, PDF; ICC press release; UN press release], Kirsch said that while [read more]

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