Legal news from Tuesday, April 6, 2010
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] on Monday submitted a new version of their proposed Constitutional amendments [text, PDF; in Turkish] to the Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish]. The draft differs only slightly in substance from the previous version that the party [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] lacks authority to require broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally. The appeal was brought by cable giant Comcast [official website] to review [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Equatorial Guinea court on Monday sentenced seven Nigerians to 12 years in prison for a 2009 attack on the presidential palace. Court president Antonio Pascual Ojo Ebobo found the Nigerians guilty of terrorism [AFP report] and said they would be fined 149 million CFA francs (USD $310,000). The [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Monday detained 19 retired military officers, including four generals, in connection with an alleged 2003 coup plot, before the chief prosecutor intervened. Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin stopped [Reuters report] police from arresting up to 90 suspects, replacing two lower-level prosecutors. The alleged coup plot, [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Paris judge has charged French oil company Total [corporate website] with bribery and complicity in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program [official website, JURIST news archive], the company's lawyer confirmed Tuesday. Total announced the court's decision in its annual report last week but maintained [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday took the stand at his trial and called for the case against him to be dismissed for lack of evidence. Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website] are charged with embezzling [JURIST report] USD [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two separate court-martial proceedings against former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] were adjourned Tuesday. The trials, originally set to resume Tuesday, were postponed [BBC report] due to an ongoing case in the Sri Lankan Court of Appeals [official website], which is examining the [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] will seek a record civil penalty of $16.375 million [press release] against Toyota Motor Corporation [corporate website] for a four-month delay in notifying the agency about a problem with "sticky" gas pedals in various car models, US Department of Transportation [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry [official website] signed three anti-abortion bills into law Monday. The first bill [SB 1890 text, RTF] prohibits abortions performed because of the gender of the fetus. The second bill [SB 1891 text, RTF] creates the Freedom of Conscience Act and protects medical employees who refuse [read more]

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