Legal news from Tuesday, November 17, 2009
22:11 EDT

[JURIST] The China Beijing No 1 Intermediary Court ruled on Monday that US software giant Microsoft [corporate website] had infringed upon the patent rights of local Chinese company Zhongyi Electronic [corporate website]. Zhongyi Electronic provided Chinese fonts for Microsoft to use in its Windows 1995 program, and claims that Microsoft [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The District of Columbia Board of Election and Ethics [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF; press release] Tuesday that Washington DC's Jury and Marriage Act (JAMA) [DC ST § 46-405.01 text], which allows DC to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other jurisdictions, could not be challenged by a ballot [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Constitutional Court announced [press release, in German] Tuesday that it upheld [text, in German] legislation prohibiting public support and justification of the Nazi regime. The ruling, made earlier this month, means that neo-Nazis are forbidden from assembling for the purposes of of approving, glorifying or justifying [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] announced [official press release] on Tuesday that more than 14,700 Americans have reported to the IRS previously hidden overseas bank accounts in response to a temporary forgiveness program [official website], allowing delinquent [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] panel affirmed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday, and ordered her to begin her prison sentence. Stewart, along with Mohammed Yousry and Ahmed Abdel Satter, were convicted [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan rebel leader Ignace Murwanashyaka [Interpol warrant] and deputy Straton Musoni were arrested [press release, in German] in Germany on Tuesday on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges. Murwanashyaka is the leader of the predominantly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The two [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday acquitted [ICTR press release] Catholic priest Hormisdas Nsengimana [case materials; Trial Watch profile] and ordered his immediate release. Nsengimma had been indicted [JURIST report] on four counts [indictment, PDF] of collaborating and ordering students to collaborate [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] spokesman Ian Kelley confirmed [transcript] Monday that the US will send an observer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] for the first time this year. The announcement was made earlier in the day by US Ambassador at Large for [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A 90-year-old German man has been charged with 58 counts of murder stemming from his involvement with the Nazi party during World War II. The man, who has not been named, was a member of an SS tank regiment and allegedly shot 57 Jews [BBC report] in a ditch [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] for the third time vacated [opinion, PDF] a trial court's sentence of former HealthSouth [corporate website; JURIST news archive] executive Ken Livesay for being too lenient Monday, remanding the case to the lower court with a demand that [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Monday overturned [judgment, PDF; press release] the genocide conviction and 20-year prison sentence for Protais Zigiranyirazo [case materials; Trial Watch profile], ruling that the the prosecution had lacked sufficient evidence to convict him. Zigiranyirazo, the [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd [official profile] on Monday issued an apology [speech transcript] to poor and underprivileged British children who were sent to Australia and other former British colonies over the last century with the supposed intention of giving them a better life, but were instead subjected to [read more]

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