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Legal news from Friday, August 7, 2009
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow Military District Court on Friday rejected a petition by prosecutors to allow further investigation into the 2006 shooting death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The retrial of three men acquitted [JURIST report] of involvement in her death began [JURIST report] earlier this week [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian Catholic diocese on Friday reached a proposed settlement agreement [text, PDF; press release] in a class action suit alleging that diocesan priests sexually abused children. Under the terms of the agreement, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish [diocesan website] would establish a CAD $12 million fund from [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in Niger overwhelmingly approved a referendum Friday establishing a new constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office. Among the new constitution's changes is the abolition of a presidential two-term limit, allowing Tandja to remain in office for three more years [AFP report] [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The German Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, in German; press release, in German] Thursday that children can be required to attend sex education classes, despite parents' religious objections. The suit was brought by Baptist parents [DW report] who were fined €80 after keeping their two sons [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior [official websites, in Portuguese] announced Friday that the country will accept two Syrian [press release, in Portuguese] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees in order to aid US efforts to close the facility. According to the statement, US [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday refused to accept [order, PDF] a $33 million settlement agreement [press release] reached this week between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] and Bank of America [corporate website]. The SEC charged BOA on Monday with misleading investors [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] regarding [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] an appeal from an Internet domain owner seeking to recover $10 million in damages from an online marketer under the federal CAN-SPAN Act [text, PDF]. James Gordon had recruited his friends and relatives [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] An indigenous tribe in Indonesia on Thursday filed a $30 million lawsuit against a subsidiary of US mining company Freeport-McRoRan Copper & Gold [corporate website] for numerous environmental and human rights violations. The Amungme people are suing PT Freeport [corporate website, in Indonesian] for damages to their ancestral lands [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Friday executed [Xinhua report] the former head of the company that owns the Beijing Capital International Airport, after he was convicted of bribery and embezzlement. Li Peiying, former chairman of the Capital Airports Holding Company [corporate website], was sentenced to death in February after being convicted [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's first jury trial since World War II ended Thursday, with the Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] convicting Katsuyoshi Fujii of murder. A mixed panel of six lay and three professional judges sentenced [Kyodo News report] the 72-year-old Fujii to 15 years in prison for killing his [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The security company known formerly as Blackwater Worldwide [official website; JURIST news archive] and its former CEO and founder Erik Prince illegally smuggled weapons into Iraq, indiscriminately killed Iraqi civilians, and committed a number of other crimes, according to sworn affidavits of two former employees filed this week in [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US plans to implement large-scale changes to its immigration detention system, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday. According to ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton [official profile], the goal is to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in jails and jail-like facilities, to improve [read more]

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