Legal news from Wednesday, February 17, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian audit court, Corte del Conti [official website, in Italian], announced Wednesday that the number of corruption cases in Italy have risen by 229 percent over the past year. Court president Tullio Lazzaro [official profile, in Italian] voiced his concerns [Reuters report] over the significant increase in public [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine [official website, in Ukrainian] on Wednesday delayed [press release, in Ukrainian] an official declaration of victory for the recent presidential elections pending a suit filed by election runner-up Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian]. Tymoshenko alleges widespread voter fraud allowed Viktor [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Internet privacy advocacy group on Wednesday filed a complaint [text, PDF] with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] alleging that the new Google [corporate website] social networking service Buzz violates privacy laws. The complaint was filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [advocacy website] and [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN announced [press release] on Tuesday that the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) [text; official website] will enter into force on August 1 after being ratified by 30 countries. Burkina Faso and Moldova both submitted their instruments of ratification [UN News Centre report] Tuesday, becoming the 29th and [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Finnish government commission established to investigate a 2008 school shooting proposed a ban on semiautomatic handguns [press release, in Finnish] in a report [text, PDF; in Finnish] released Wednesday. If approved by the Finnish Parliament [official website, in Finnish], the ban would affect more than 200,000 semiautomatic handguns [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge from the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] sentenced former HealthSouth [corporate website; JURIST news archive] executive Ken Livesay to five months in prison on Tuesday for his involvement in the company's accounting fraud. Judge Karon Bowdre sentenced [NBC report] Livesay for [read more]

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[JURIST] A Malaysian appeals court on Wednesday denied a request by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] to dismiss the charge of sodomy against him. Anwar was appealing the Malaysian high court's December decision [JURIST report] not to dismiss the charge. Anwar is accused of sodomizing his [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that claims of unlawful treatment and wrongful death brought on behalf of two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees are barred by the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [text, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] issued its annual report [text, PDF; materials] on Tuesday confirming the work-related killings of more than 70 journalists worldwide during 2009, the highest in the 30-year history of the CPJ. Of the 71 confirmed killings identified in the report, 51 are [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian] filed a lawsuit [press release, in Ukrainian] on Tuesday with the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine claiming that last weekend's presidential election was corrupt. Tymoshenko alleges [Guardian report] that widespread voter fraud allowed her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych [personal website, in [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A member of the "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was convicted on Tuesday for his role in the failed 2006 terrorist plot to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange and other government buildings. Shareef Abdelhaleem, who pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] last month, was convicted after the [read more]

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