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Legal news from Monday, September 14, 2009
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The 2008 Crime in the US (CIUS) report [materials; report summary] released Monday by the FBI indicates that the level of violent crime in the US dropped by 1.9 percent between 2007 and 2008. Specifically, between 2006 and 2007, the estimated number of forcible rapes dropped by 1.6 percent [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday began the trial [press release] of former high ranking Bosnian Serb officials Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin [ICTY materials]. Stanisic, former Bosnian Serb interior minister, and Zupljanin, a former regional police chief, are charged [indictment, PDF] [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday rejected [order, PDF] a $33 million settlement agreement [press release] between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] and Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website]. The SEC had charged BOA [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] stressed the need for stronger financial industry regulations [press release] Monday in a speech [transcript] marking the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings. Obama warned that signs the economy is beginning to turn around should not cause Wall Street to [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] began hearings [press release, PDF] Monday in a treaty dispute [case materials] between Argentina and Uruguay. Argentina argues [Buenos Aires Herald report] that a pulp mill built on the Uruguay side of the Uruguay river, which divides the two countries, violates [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three men convicted [JURIST report] of attempting to smuggle liquid explosives onto airplanes to blow them up were sentenced [Metropolitan Police press release] to life in prison Monday by the Woolwich Crown Court in London. Abdulla Ahmed Ali [GlobalSecurity profile], the ring leader, was sentenced [Guardian report] to a [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh's Supreme Court [official website] recommended against military trials for Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members who took part in February's border guard mutiny [BBC backgrounder], Law Minister Shafiq Ahmed [official profile] announced Monday. President Zillur Rahman [official profile] asked for the court's opinion to determine whether the accused should be [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A specially appointed chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday found former spokesperson Florence Hartmann [BBC profile; ICTY materials, PDF] guilty of contempt [judgment summary, PDF; press release] for revealing confidential judicial decisions. She was also fined €7,000 to be paid [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Seoul Central District Court on Monday found Microsoft [corporate website] in violation of South Korea's antitrust laws for bundling software programs with its Windows operating system. The court found the company's bundling practice to be in violation of fair competition rules and disruptive to the market. The court [read more]

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