Legal news from Wednesday, August 12, 2009
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday found American Ehsanul Islam Sadequee guilty [press release] on four terrorism-related counts. Sadequee was convicted in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization by making himself available to [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday pardoned 2,500 people arrested in the city during nonviolent civil rights protests in the 1960s. Announcing the pardons at a city council meeting, Mayor Larry Langford [official website] said that the city had an obligation to ask for forgiveness [video] because it [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] President Jakob Kellenberger on Wednesday called for greater compliance [press release] with the Geneva Conventions [ICRC backgrounder], making the documents' 60th anniversary [press release]. Kellenberger said that the conventions were tested in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] ruled Tuesday that individuals cannot be required to submit blood samples to test whether they were abducted as children during the "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The court issued two rulings [Pagina12 report, in Spanish] in the cases of brothers [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Tuesday filed charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive] alleging that he illegally detained members of the judiciary after declaring emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] in November 2007. Sixty judges, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive], [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Myanmar opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and American John Yettaw said Wednesday that they will file appeals against Tuesday's guilty verdicts [JURIST report]. Suu Kyi and Yettaw were convicted of violating state security laws after Suu Kyi, who was under [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chechen human rights activist Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Dzhabrailov were found dead in the trunk of their car Tuesday, after being abducted Monday. Saulayeva and Dzhabrailov were taken [Moscow Times report] from the office of her organization, Let's Save the Generation, which works to aid children affected [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday released testimony and e-mails [materials] purporting to show that Bush administration political advisor Karl Rove [personal website; JURIST news archive] was involved in the firing of nine US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] in 2006. Among the 5,400 pages of documents [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former financial chief for Bernard L. Madoff [JURIST news archive] Investment Securities LLC, Frank DiPascali, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 criminal counts [charges, PDF] for his role in the Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars. DiPascali delivered his plea to Judge Richard Sullivan of the US [read more]

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