Legal news from Tuesday, May 12, 2009
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday approved an amended version of a controversial internet piracy bill [materials, in French] that would cut off internet access for those who repeatedly illegally download copyrighted material by a vote of 296 to 233. The bill, which was defeated [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US was elected [press release] to a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] for the first time Tuesday. The US received 90 percent of the votes from the UN General Assembly [official website]. In total, 18 countries were elected to the 47-member council responsible [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that President Dmitry Medvedev and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso [official websites] will discuss a possible peace treaty between the two nations at a G8 summit in Italy in July. Putin spoke at a news conference [Interfax [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Nuremberg trials [Yale trial materials] prosecutor Henry King Jr. [academic profile] died [NYT obituary; CWRU press release] Saturday from cancer at the age of 89. King, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law [university website] and a JURIST Forum [website] commentator on war crimes issues, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama's Jefferson County Circuit Court [official website] on Monday began hearing a $2.6 billion derivative lawsuit brought by HealthSouth [corporate website] shareholders against company founder and former CEO Richard Scrushy [defense website; JURIST news archive] for his alleged role in an accounting fraud scheme at the company. The shareholders [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Accused Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive] arrived in Germany Tuesday to face accessory to murder charges [JURIST report] for his alleged involvement at the Sobibor [Death Camps backgrounder] concentration camp after being deported [DOJ press release] by the US. Demjanjuk was deported after exhausting [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Samuel Kent [official profile] was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison for obstruction of justice [18 USC § 1512(c)(2) text] for lying to a judicial panel [Fifth Circuit materials] investigating sexual harassment allegations against him. Kent was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] New York lawyer Mark Dreier pleaded guilty Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to fraud charges for perpetrating a scheme that cost investors more than $400 million. Appearing before Judge Jed Rakoff, Dreier pleaded guilty [WSJ report] to charges of [read more]

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