Legal news from Wednesday, December 3, 2008
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a televised address to the nation [transcript; recorded video] Wednesday evening, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] promised to use "every legal means" at his disposal "to protect our democracy, to protect our economy and to protect Canada" on the eve of a critical meeting scheduled for [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] Wednesday formally called upon states [press release] to prepare for the court's ruling on the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir [BBC profile]. Briefing the UN Security Council [official website] on the situation [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] approved rule amendments [SEC press release] Wednesday that provide greater oversight and regulation of credit rating agencies. The rule amendments, which were passed to strengthen the Credit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006 [text, PDF], will effect ratings agencies including [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] lawyers on Tuesday filed a challenge [motion, PDF] to a federal judge's decision to stay the execution of convicted murder suspect US Army private Ronald Gray. Judge Richard Rogers for the US District Court for the District of Kansas last week ordered [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday temporarily postponed [decision, PDF] proceedings against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC profile; JURIST news archive] because another member of the pre-trial chamber was granted a leave of absence [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Philip Morris USA v. Williams [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court considered for a third time a $79.5 million punitive damages verdict against Philip Morris USA [corporate website]. [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] unanimously Tuesday that Finland [official website] violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text] - the "right to respect for private and family life" - in a case involving a minor targeted by pedophiles. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts [diocesan website] announced [press release] Tuesday that it has settled 59 sexual abuse claims against the church through voluntary arbitration. The total amount for the settlements was $4.5 million with individual awards ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 for incidents of abuse from [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) [text; official website] banning the use of most such weapons was opened for signature Wednesday at a conference [official website] in Oslo, Norway. More than 100 countries adopted the convention [JURIST report] in May at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Several major users [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday proposed [transcript, in Russian] that Russian courts become more transparent in order to restore faith in the justice system and prevent people from turning to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. Speaking at the seventh [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that her 2006 decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] invalidating a 2005 Bush administration rule [text] that would allow road construction and mining in national forests applies only to 10 western states. The original Roadless Area Conservation Rule [Forest Service backgrounder], implemented [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a suspected Osama bin Laden associate, imprisoned for 32 years after stabbing a prison guard while in custody, may be resentenced according to heightened standards for acts of terrorism. Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, a [read more]

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