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Legal news from Thursday, March 12, 2009
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and opposition politicians and supporters began a "long march" from Karachi to Islamabad Thursday against the government of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website]. The protesters, [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ontario Superior Court [official website] Justice Douglas Rutherford Thursday sentenced [reasons for sentence, PDF] Ottawa software developer Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC profile] to 10.5 years in prison for his involvement in an alleged terrorist plot to bomb targets in the UK. Khawaja was convicted [JURIST report] in October 2008 [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) [official website] said Thursday that a ban on video-sharing website YouTube [JURIST report] has been lifted, but did not comment on access to several other blocked websites that also posted a recording in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [official profile, BBC [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on Thursday sentenced Muntadar al-Zaidi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush, to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign leader. The verdict came after [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to all 11 charges of securities fraud [complaint, PDF; JURIST report]. The plea was entered at a hearing before Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The number of employment discrimination [JURIST news archive] charges against private employers filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [official website] increased by 15 percent in 2008 [press release] to reach record highs, according to EEOC statistics [materials] released Wednesday. The EEOC cited several possible reasons for [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean authorities on Thursday released jailed Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer general and opposition cabinet member-designate Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], one day after the nation's Supreme Court denied a state appeal to keep him in prison. Bennett, a top aide to MDC [read more]

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