Legal news from Friday, December 12, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] French President Nicholas Sarkozy told reporters in Brussels Friday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of European Union leaders that the Lisbon Treaty on EU reform had been "revived" [PDF transcript, in French] after Ireland agreed to hold a revote on ratification [JURIST report]. An initial referendum on [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in two cases. In Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a municipal tax that falls exclusively on large vessels in the city’s harbor violates the [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official profile, in Spanish] has called for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [CFR backgrounder] guerrillas to abandon arms and release political hostages, promising those who respond to the call a reward and freedom. Uribe Wednesday likened the offered terms to a "humanitarian exchange" [press [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] on Friday filed a motion [motion, PDF; brief, PDF; supporting record, PDF] with the Illinois Supreme Court [official website] to have Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] declared unfit and removed temporarily from office. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies [official website, in French] on Thursday voted to amend [text, PDF, in French] the country's constitution to eliminate the requirement that its Grand Duke approve legislation before it becomes law. The country's parliament passed the amendment [Tageblatt report, in German] by a vote of [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] on Friday upheld the results of the country's disputed 2007 presidential election [JURIST report] which was won by President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile]. The court dismissed the appeal [Guardian report] brought by former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [JURIST news archive] and [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted former President Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of corruption. His wife Wu Shu-chen, his son and daughter-in-law, three former presidential aides, and eight other associates and family members were also indicted. Chen has been charged with embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) [official websites] on Thursday released the executive summary [text, PDF; press release] of a Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] report that says senior US officials are to blame for the use of abusive interrogation techniques against detainees held in [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former NASDAQ [official website] stock market chairman Bernard Madoff was arrested [DOJ press release, PDF] Thursday by federal agents on charges of securities fraud. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] charged [SEC press release] Madoff and his investment firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC [corporate [read more]

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