Legal news from Wednesday, February 18, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] A five-judge panel of the UK's Law Lords [official website] ruled [judgment] unanimously Wednesday that Islamic cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile] could be deported to Jordan despite fears he might be tortured upon his arrival. Qatada, accused of being one of Osama bin Laden's chief associates in Europe, faces [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website, in German] announced [press release, in German] Wednesday that her cabinet had agreed on a draft bill [PDF text, in German] that would allow the government to forcibly nationalize some ailing financial institutions. The bill apparently targets Hypo Real Estate (HRE) [corporate website], [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Czech Republic's Chamber of Deputies [official website], the lower house of the nation's parliament, on Wednesday approved [press release] the European Union (EU) reform pact known as the Treaty of Lisbon [EU materials; text]. The approval brings the treaty closer to full ratification by the EU's 27 member [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Wednesday reversed [opinion, PDF] an October district court order [opinion and order, PDF; JURIST report] that would have provided for the release of 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] detainees into the US. Lawyers [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga [official website] said Tuesday that the country has been granted two additional months to form a special tribunal to hear cases surrounding Kenya's 2007 post-election violence [JURIST report]. Odinga said that Koffi Annan [official profile], who facilitated the power-sharing agreement [JURIST report] between Odinga [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Judiciary of Iran [official website, in Persian] announced Tuesday that it has submitted proposed legislation to the Iranian Parliament [official website] recommending substantial changes to the treatment of juvenile offenders in Iran [JURIST news archive]. The legislation seeks to amend [IranVNC report] the classification of minors into three [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] approved a bill [text, in French] Tuesday to provide government subsidies to individuals who temporarily leave work to care for dying relatives. The proposed law states that family members will be paid a "daily allowance to accompany a dying person" for [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] charged [complaint, PDF; SEC press release] financier Allen Stanford [professional profile] Tuesday with orchestrating a fraudulent $8 billion investment scheme by selling certificates of deposits on the promise of improbably high interest rates. Stanford, through his investment companies - Stanford [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court on Tuesday sentenced David Mills [JURIST news archive], a British barrister and former lawyer to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile], to four-and-a-half years in prison for accepting a $600,000 bribe to give false testimony [JURIST report] at two trials in [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday rejected two motions challenging the court's ability to hear the case filed on behalf of five indicted Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] upheld [text, PDF; NYC press release] Tuesday a New York City law that requires chain restaurants to post caloric content information on their menus and menu boards in an effort to address obesity rates. The court ruled that [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Tuesday signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) [materials], intended to stimulate and grow the US economy in the current recession. Along with a number of tax incentives, renewable energy funding provisions, and infrastructure project funding, the [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for one of the men accused in the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary, JURIST news archive] alleged in his closing statements Tuesday that the prosecution's main pieces of evidence are flawed and have been fabricated. Defense lawyer Murad Musayev pointed out that phone records [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Tuesday charged [complaint, PDF] four executives from Research In Motion (RIM) [corporate website], the company that makes BlackBerry, with stock options backdating and reached a settlement agreement. The four RIM executives, co-CEOs James Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, CFO Dennis [read more]

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