Legal news from Tuesday, December 2, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Entergy Corp. v. EPA [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Norwegian court on Tuesday sentenced [press release, in Norwegian] Bosnian immigrant Mirsad Repak to five years in prison for committing war crimes against 11 Serbian citizens imprisoned during the Bosnian War. Repak, who has lived Norway for more than 10 years, was also ordered to pay damages to [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush issued an executive order [text] on Monday that defined the primary objective of some 8600 federal agency employees to be national security-related, rendering them ineligible for Federal Labor-Management Relations Program [5 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq. text] coverage such as collective bargaining rights. The [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday sentenced [judgment,PDF; judgment summary, PDF] popular Rwandan singer-songwriter Simon Bikindi [ICTR case materials] to 15 years in prison for his actions during the 1994 Rwanda genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Bikindi had been indicted [indictment, PDF] in 2005 [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] in part and vacated in part a ruling against Qualcomm [corporate website], finding its patents unenforceable. The appeals court affirmed the decision [opinion, PDF] of the US District Court of the Southern District [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] While general security conditions in Iraq have improved, human rights violations have continued, according to a report released [press release] Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website]. In its 13th report on the human rights situation in Iraq [text, PDF], UNAMI highlighted its concern for [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] in a per curiam opinion Tuesday in Hedgpeth v. Pulido [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a harmless error standard should be applied when evaluating a conviction based on a general verdict where the jury was given [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The head of Russia's Federal Financial Markets Service (FFMS) [official website], Vladimir Milovidov [official profile], said Monday that next year Russia will create new laws that regulate insider trading [FFMS backgrounder] and establish a compensation fund for victims of investment fraud. The compensation fund is to be modeled after [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday ordered the dissolution [Bangkok Post report] of the ruling People's Power Party (PPP) [party website, in Thai], and banned prime minister Somchai Wongsawat [Nation profile] from politics for five years as the result of an election fraud investigation. [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday held [opinion, PDF] in Associated Press v. United States Department of Justice that the petition for commuted sentence of charged Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh [CNN profile] falls under invasion-of-privacy exceptions to the Freedom of Information [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canada took a step towards constitutional crisis Monday as the three federal opposition parties signed a landmark accord [text, PDF] to defeat the Conservative minority government and form a new coalition government without an intervening election. If the Conservative government is defeated in a no-confidence vote in the House [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] on Tuesday sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," to death for his involvement in the repression of Shiites in southern Iraq during the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam [read more]

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