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Legal news from Wednesday, January 7, 2009
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion; PDF] a First Amendment challenge to a City of Los Angeles [official website] ban on billboards. Metro Lights, an outdoor advertising company, argued [LA Times report] that the ban on billboard advertising was unconstitutional [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday [official website] granted [opinion; PDF] the government's motion to hold in abeyance the habeas corpus petitions of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, but only if and when the charges against the pair are [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Assistant US Attorney Marc Litt on Tuesday urged that Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] be jailed, in a brief [text, PDF] filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Litt alleges that Madoff mailed valuable jewelry to family members in violation of [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Ethiopian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday adopted controversial legislation [draft text, PDF, in Amharic] designed to regulate foreign charities. Under the Proclamation for the Registration and Regulation of Charities and Societies, which passed 327 to 79 [IRIN report], foreign aid organizations and local groups that receive more than [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) [official website] on Tuesday announced the release of a revealing and in depth report detailing how lawyers and justice officials within Zimbabwe have allowed the illegal detention and abuse [AllAfrica news] of several political activists. The report points to specific incidents where lawyers [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [website] on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] that former Enron [JURIST news archive] Chief Executive Officer Jeff Skilling [JURIST news archive] be resentenced for the convictions that stem from his involvement in the collapse of Enron. The three-judge panel upheld all [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Five indicted Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal manslaughter and weapons charges. The guards appeared in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Tuesday [read more]

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