Legal news from Tuesday, August 18, 2009
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] As Justice Sonia Sotomayor [JURIST news archive] takes a seat on the US Supreme Court - the first Hispanic and only the third woman to do so - the federal judiciary as a whole continues to be heavily dominated by white males, according to a new report [text, PDF] [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] acknowledged Monday that 11 deaths in immigration detention had gone unreported [press release]. ICE added 10 names to the official roster of immigration detainee fatalities [text, XLS] and acknowledged an eleventh death [press release] that occurred last week. The revelation [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The specially-established Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission [official backgrounder] on Monday awarded damages [press release, PDF] "resulting from violations of international law" that occurred during the nations' 1998-2000 border war. The five-person panel established under the Permanent Court of Arbitration [official website] at The Hague awarded USD $174,036,520 to Ethiopia and [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Monday announced [transcript] that it has sent a report [text, PDF] to Congress that gives a favorable opinion of Mexico's recent human rights record, paving the way for US aid to the country. The report outlines Mexico's progress in addressing [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Credit Suisse broker Eric Butler was convicted Monday of multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website]. His co-defendant Julian Tzolov pleaded guilty [JURIST report] last month and testified against Butler. Butler and Tzolov are accused [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Scottish High Court of the Judiciary [official website] on Tuesday accepted a request from convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile] to withdraw a pending appeal to his 2001 conviction. The court's decision to drop the appeal removes an impediment [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] issued a confidential ruling last week denying a habeas corpus [LII materials] petition by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Adham Mohammed Ali Awad, the Miami Herald reported [text] Monday. Yemeni native Ali Awad was [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday refused to stay the execution [order, DOC] of death row inmate Jason Getsy. The Court also declined Getsy's petition for review. This was the first decision for newly sworn in Justice Sonia Sotomayor [JURIST news archive], who would [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Swiss court has denied an appeal by the family of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder] to claim money hidden in Swiss banks by Duvalier while he led the island nation. The family's claim was rejected by the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland [official website, in French], [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Niger's opposition parties on Monday announced that they would resist any effort to implement a new constitution expanding executive powers, which was approved [JURIST report] by Nigerien voters earlier this month and validated [AFP report] by the country's Constitutional Court on Friday. Human rights activist Abdul Kamardine said [VOA [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Honduran Interim Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Alvarado said Monday that she expects a biased report from the international panel that arrived Monday to investigate alleged human rights abuses. A delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), which is part of the Organization of American States (OAS) [official [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An international coalition of human rights advocates have urged [letter text] UN member nations to support a "competitive, genuinely-contested and principled electoral process" for future seats on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. In a letter sent Thursday to members of the General Assembly, 74 human rights [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced the indictment [text, PDF; press release] of three men accused of perpetrating the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted in the US. Albert Gonzales and two unidentified Russian hackers are accused of stealing more than 130 [read more]

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