Legal news from Tuesday, December 9, 2008
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian government commission is examining the legality of the Soviet Union's pre-World War II artwork sales, an official from the State Hermitage Museum [official website] said on Tuesday. Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky said in his St. Petersburg state-of-the-museum report that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Arizona v. Johnson [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether the Fourth Amendment permits a police officer to search a vehicle passenger during a routine [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] on Monday told reporters that confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder [professional profile] would begin in January, as soon as the Senate reconvenes. Leahy, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], met privately with Holder on Monday. Leahy hopes [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] formally began operations [EULEX press release] Tuesday. EULEX is a civilian mission under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) replacing the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website]. EULEX will assist and support Kosovo [JURIST [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Tuesday by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] on charges of corruption [complaint, PDF]. They have both been charged [DOJ press release] with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Utah ruled Monday that five indicted Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] must report to a DC court. Lawyers for the five guards tried to move the proceedings to Utah, where [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani officials said Tuesday that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi [official profile] will not hand over to India any Pakistani citizens arrested in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder], insisting instead on a joint investigation with Indian officials. Several offices of the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Hebei Supreme Court in China on Monday rejected a class action suit filed against government-owned dairy farm Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co. by the families of children who died or were harmed as a result of tainted milk. Lawyers for the families said [AP report] that the while the [read more]

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