Legal news from Wednesday, March 18, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday charged [complaint, PDF; press release] accountant David Friehling with fraud for his alleged role in the securities fraud scheme committed by financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive]. In the complaint, the SEC alleges that Friehling and his accounting [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called on US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile; JURIST news archive] to commission a special prosecutor [letter, PDF; press release] to investigate tactics used by CIA interrogators against terrorism suspects. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a letter [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US magistrate judge in South Carolina ruled Wednesday that suspected al Qaeda operative Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] must remain in prison as the criminal case against him proceeds. Judge Robert Carr denied al-Marri's request to be freed on bail, finding that he had [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The High Constitutional Court [official website, in French] of Madagascar [BBC backgrounder] announced in a radio address Wednesday that it would accept the military's decision [L'Express report, in French] to install opposition leader Andry Rajoelina [Reuters profile] as the country's new president, one day after the resignation of President [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday praised [UN News Centre report; UN press briefing] the reinstatement [JURIST report] of Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive]. Pillay's spokesman called the move "an important step in the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The administration of US President Barack Obama [official website] intends to endorse a UN declaration that calls for decriminalizing homosexuality, according to an anonymous official quoted in a Tuesday Associated Press report [text]. In December, the Bush administration declined to sign the statement signed by 66 other nations [UN [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday nominated [press release] Judge David Hamilton [official profile] to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website], thereby moving to fill the first of 15 federal appellate vacancies [DOJ materials]. Hamilton previously served for 14 years [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet [official website, in Arabic] urged the Presidency Council [official website, in Arabic] Tuesday to ratify death sentences against three former Saddam Hussein officials. The sentences have been delayed because two of the members, President Jalal Talabani and Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, have opposed the sentences [AP report] [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] upheld [opinion, DOC] Tuesday a military judge's dismissal [JURIST report] of the charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani [JURIST news archive], the top-ranking US Marine to face court-martial [JURIST news archive] in the killing of 24 Iraqis [BBC backgrounder] [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] Tuesday a district court decision finding former El Salvador chief military commander Nicolas Carranza [CJA backgrounder] liable for murder and torture committed during the El Salvador civil war [PBS backgrounder] in [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court Tuesday refused a request by defense lawyers to drop new embezzlement and money laundering charges [JURIST reports] against former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his former business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website]. The court also rejected a request by defense [read more]

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