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Legal news from Tuesday, May 19, 2009
13:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Tuesday announced plans [press release] for national fuel efficiency requirements. The policy is aimed at increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is projected to conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce emissions by an approximate 900 million metric [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Bolivian Supreme Court of Justice [official website, in Spanish] on Monday opened the trial of former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada [TrialWatch profile] in connection with the deaths of 63 anti-government protesters [AI backgrounder] in October 2003. Sanchez de Lozada and 17 other former government officials face genocide [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the White House Office of Administration (OA) is not required to release Bush administration e-mails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. A three-judge panel found that since OA is not [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court ruled on Monday that President Abdullah Gul [BBC profile] should face trial for corruption allegations stemming from a previous misappropriation of treasury funds. The Sincan High Criminal Court in Ankara held [Hurriyet report] that Gul should face trial despite his immunity as president and the previous [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari in Black v. United States [docket], appealing the fraud conviction of Canadian-born former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The Court will determine whether the "honest services" clause of 18 USC § 1346 [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the European Union [official website] on Monday called for an independent inquiry [conclusions, PDF] into possible war crimes committed during the Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] civil war. Meeting in Brussels, the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) [official profile] said that it was "appalled [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese rebel leader Bahr Idriss Abu Garda [case materials] appeared before the International Criminal Court [official website] on Monday to deny his responsibility for war crimes committed in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Abu Garda is accused [press release] of orchestrating a September 2007 attack [BBC report] on peacekeepers from [read more]

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[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Monday approved the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act [S 386 materials], which creates a commission to investigate the cause of recent economic turmoil [JURIST news archive] and allocates more resources for federal prosecutors to pursue financial fraud cases. The measure, already [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The new Bangladesh government [official website; JURIST news archive] should investigate torture, illegal detentions, and extrajudicial killings allegedly conducted by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) [official website] and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) [official website], according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] [read more]

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