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Legal news from Friday, April 3, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Drug maker Pfizer [corporate website] reached a settlement Friday with the Nigerian state of Kano in a lawsuit over allegedly illegal clinical trials the company conducted in Nigeria in 1996. The national government and the state of Kano filed separate lawsuits [BBC backgrounder] against Pfizer in 2007, accusing the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] French President Nicholas Sarkozy [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Friday that his country would accept one Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee in a symbolic effort to aid the closure of the detention center. Sarkozy made the announcement ahead of this weekend's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Minister of Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin [official profile] announced Friday that the country has endorsed [statement] the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [text, PDF]. The move reverses the position of the country's former administration on the declaration. Macklin said the decision by the country's current Labor Party [official website] government to [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday announced the appointment [press release] of South African judge Richard Goldstone to head a UN fact-finding mission to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes [JURIST news archive] in the Gaza Strip. Goldstone previously served as the chief UN prosecutor for [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] voted 29-4 Thursday to accept a provision in a new bill [materials, in French] that would cut off internet access for those who repeatedly illegally download copyrighted material. Under the bill, any internet user tagged by an ISP as downloading the material would [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday passed an amendment [Article 107 draft, in Spanish] to the country's constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] that would permit seizure of property from suspected drug traffickers and other criminals prior to conviction. Under the proposed amendment, which will now be sent to the lower house, [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Iowa [official website] held [opinion, PDF] Friday that a statute [Iowa Code § 595.2 text] banning same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] violates the state's constitution [text]. In the ruling, the court affirmed a lower court's decision that the statute's limitation of civil marriage to opposite-sex couples violated the [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Vermont House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill [S-115, PDF] approving same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The bill, aimed at "promot[ing] legal equality in the civil marriage laws and ... protect[ing] the religious freedom of clergy and religious societies authorized to solemnize civil marriages," was [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive], his brother Robert Blagojevich, and four associates were indicted [press release] on corruption charges Thursday by a federal grand jury. Rod Blagojevich was charged with 16 felonies including wire fraud, attempted extortion, racketeering conspiracy, extortion conspiracy, and making false statements. Others [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of immigrants being detained in a Los Angles facility on Wednesday filed a complaint [text, PDF] against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] agency for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of immigrants detained at the facility. The suit was filed in the US District Court Southern District of California  [official website] by [read more]

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