Legal news from Monday, December 21, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Guinean military junta committed crimes against humanity during the September 28 incidents at Conakry [BBC backgrounder], according to a report by a UN fact-finding mission leaked Monday. The commission concluded [Reuters report] that military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara [BBC profile] should be held responsible for the violence [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] on Monday rejected [report, PDF] a Chinese appeal of an August ruling [text, PDF] that Chinese controls on US imports of books, music, and audiovisual materials violate international trade regulations. The dispute [case materials] originally arose in April 2007 when the US [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Violent crime in the US decreased 4.4 percent in the first half of 2009, according to the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report [materials; press release] published Monday. Specifically, murder decreased 10 percent, robbery dropped 6.5 percent, forcible rape fell 3.3 percent, and aggravated assault decreased 3.2 percent. While [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN on Monday called for leaders of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder] to be apprehended [UN News Centre report] for war crimes in southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between September 2008 and June 2009. The LRA is accused of killing, [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of fraud and corruption that led to his resignation last year. Olmert is accused of illegally accepting cash contributions from American businessman Moshe Talansky, double billing [JURIST reports] travel expenses to the [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by opposition pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] against the 18-month extension of her house arrest. The decision for the full court to hear her appeal came as the result of a preliminary hearing [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday charged former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leader Ieng Thirith [Trial Watch profile; case materials] with genocide, torture, and persecution, adding to previous charges that include war crimes and murder. Ieng Thirith, the wife [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] agreed on Monday to close the debate [roll call vote] on proposed health care reform legislation [HR 3590 materials], making way for a vote expected Thursday. The agreement was reached by a narrow 60 to 40 vote, requiring every Democrat and Independent vote available. [read more]

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