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Legal news from Thursday, February 4, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Office of the Attorney General [official website] on Wednesday filed civil charges [complaint] against Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website], former CEO Ken Lewis, and former CFO Joseph Price, alleging that the bank misled investors in order to acquire financial firm Merrill Lynch [corporate website]. The [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish Supreme Court [official website] judge ruled on Thursday that National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] may have exceeded his jurisdictional authority when he launched an investigation [JURIST report] into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during the Spanish Civil War [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] approved a bill [materials, in Italian] Wednesday that would allow cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], to postpone criminal proceedings against them on the grounds that they would interfere with official duties. The legislation, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The president of China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Chinese], Wang Shengjun [official profile, in Chinese], called Wednesday for increased efforts to fight corruption [Xinhua report] in the country's court system. While Shengjun noted that progress has been made, he said that efforts must continue to establish a [read more]

10:02 EDT

Spokesperson for Iraq's Shi'ite government Ali Al-Dabbagh [official website, in Arabic] said Thursday that a decision by an appeals court to allow candidates with suspected ties to the outlawed Baath party [BBC backgrounder] to run for office is illegal and unconstitutional. Under Wednesday's decision [WSJ report] by the appeals [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Wednesday defended his decision to charge suspected terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the so-called Christmas Day bomber, in US federal court. Holder, who has resisted calls from high-level Republicans [AP Report] to try Abdulmutallab in front of [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday convicted Aafia Siddiqui [JURIST news archive], a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, on charges of attempting to murder US personnel at the Afghan facility where she was being [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Amsterdam trial court ruled [judgment, in Dutch; press release, in Dutch] Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to try right-wing politician Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch] for statements against Islam. The court rejected [Reuters report] Wilders's claim that he should be tried by the Supreme Court as a [read more]

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