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Legal news from Wednesday, August 5, 2009
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on Tuesday announced [Xinhua report] charges of murder, intentional injury, arson, and robbery against 83 people accused of participating in violent demonstrations in the capital city of Urumqi in early July. Xinjiang Prosecutor Utiku'er Abudrehman said that 718 people, both Han Chinese [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] War crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday sued the Serbian government for allegedly kidnapping him prior to announcing his arrest [JURIST report] last year. The former Bosnian Serb leader claims that Serbian authorities officially reported his arrest three days after [VOA report] he was [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Wednesday accepted an indictment [text, PDF, in Turkish] against 52 individuals accused of planning to overthrow the country's ruling Justice Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish]. The individuals are accused of belonging to the country's secular Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] group, which [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed suit Wednesday against the three judges hearing his corruption case, accusing them of illegally prolonging his detention. Chen, who was indicted [JURIST report] in December, faces possible life in prison on charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed fraud charges [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against General Electric Co. (GE) [corporate website], resulting in GE agreeing to pay a $50 million settlement [press release]. The SEC accused GE of misleading investors in 2003 and 2003 by reporting false and [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow Military District Court on Wednesday began the retrial of three men acquitted [JURIST report] of involvement in the 2006 shooting death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ordered the retrial [JURIST report] of Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Dzhabrail [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A special panel of federal judges on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF; opinion summary, PDF] California to reduce its prison population by nearly 43,000 inmates, finding that the prisons are overcrowded. Two inmates had brought a challenge against the state's prison system, alleging that the overcrowding had resulted in a [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate on Tuesday began debate [executive calendar, PDF] on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile; JURIST news archive] to the US Supreme Court. While it is believed that Sotomayor will be confirmed [CSPAN vote tally] to replace retiring Justice David Souter [official profile, PDF; JURIST news [read more]

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