Legal news from Friday, April 17, 2009
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] announced Friday a proposed finding [report, PDF] that atmospheric greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, setting the stage for government regulation of the harmful gases for the first time. Announcement of the proposed finding, which was submitted [JURIST report] to [read more]

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[JURIST] A jury for a UK crown court convicted Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar Friday of supplying bomb-making materials to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] a Sri Lankan separatist group. Chrishanthakumar was also convicted [BBC report] of receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism, but the jury failed [read more]

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[JURIST] The lawyer for the accused gunman on trial in India for the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] moved Friday to suppress his client's confession, arguing it was the product of torture. The lawyer also argued that the trial of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab [NDTV backgrounder] [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The ability of councils in the UK to monitor citizens for minor infractions will be curtailed [press release], according to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official profile] on Friday. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) [text], passed in 2000, gives broad powers of surveillance to councils, with reasonable suspicion, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that former Israeli security chief Avraham Dichter cannot be sued in the US because he is immune under traditional common law. The decision affirms the ruling [opinion, PDF] of the US District Court for [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion text] Thursday that oral arguments in a copyright infringement case could not be broadcast over the Internet. Respondent Joel Tenenbaum, one of many to be sued for copyright infringement, made a motion in December in the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Thursday asserted his intention [statement] not to investigate individuals who used or authorized enhanced interrogation techniques the same day the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] released memos [JURIST report] outlining CIA use of these techniques. The president urged the country to look forward, [read more]

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[JURIST] Two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting [Washington Post backgrounder] filed separate lawsuits [Pryde complaint, PDF; Peterson complaint, PDF] Thursday in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, asking for $10 million in compensatory damages. The parents of Julie Pryde and Erin Peterson [Virginia [read more]

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[JURIST] Iraqi insurgent Wesam al Delaema was sentenced to 25 years in prison [DOJ press release] Thursday for conspiracy to murder US nationals outside the US. Al Delaema, who was charged [indictment, PDF] with the crime in 2005, is the first Iraqi insurgent to be tried in a US federal [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Swedish court on Friday found four defendants guilty of abetting copyright infringement [judgment, PDF, in Swedish; press release, in Swedish] for hosting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay [website] and sentenced them to one year in prison. The popular website is hosted by defendants Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm [read more]

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