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15:04 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST [FAQ] was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award [awards website] as the best Law website of 2009. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [profession website], the "Webbys" are the leading international awards [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday began serving a six-year sentence for insider trading after the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] denied [order, PDF] Monday his request [motion, PDF] to postpone imprisonment. Nacchio had argued that his [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Tuesday before the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website]. Earlier this month, Blagojevich was indicted [JURIST report] on 16 felony counts, including wire fraud, attempted extortion, racketeering conspiracy, extortion conspiracy, [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] formally notified [press release] the UK Tuesday that it is starting infringement proceedings [EC backgrounder] against the UK for failure to follow EU Internet privacy and data protection rules [text]. The commission specifically referred to "Phorm" [BBC report], an internet technology used by [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for 13 leaders of anti-government protests, including former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The warrants were issued a day after Shinawatra called for the overthrow of the Thai government [Al-Jazeera reports] by United Front for Democracy against [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Members of Fiji's Law Society [organization website] on Tuesday called for deposed judges to remain in office and resist the current military regime's attempts to oust them. Judiciary confusion and political upheaval have continued in Fiji as lawyers refused to accept [Australian report] the dismantling of the government by [read more]

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[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Iranian Judiciary announced Tuesday that an imprisoned US journalist was tried on espionage charges Monday. The Revolutionary Court of Iran conducted the trial of Roxana Saberi [advocacy website], accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, in proceedings closed to the public [AP report]. [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] signed legislation Monday that would establish Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the volatile North West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat, sending the bill [Daily Times report] to the Pakistani parliament for approval. The Pakistani [read more]

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[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Minnesota State Court for the Second District [official website] on Monday declared [order; PDF] Al Franken [campaign website] the winner of the state's 2008 US Senate race over opponent Norm Coleman [campaign website]. Both candidates had brought claims before the court over absentee ballots in their favor that [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor of the Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website] Vladimir Vukcevic said Monday that Serbia would ask the US for the extradition of alleged Nazi war criminal Peter Egner after his US citizenship is revoked. Peter Egner, 86, has admitted to serving in the Nazi-run [read more]

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