Legal news from Friday, April 9, 2010
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Thursday that it will move forward with the first phase of its National Broadband Plan [official website, materials] in 2010. The 2010 Broadband Action Agenda [materials] lays out the steps the agency plans to take in order [read more]

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[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Friday sought to indict Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on fraud and embezzlement charges [JURIST report] involving his media company, Mediatrade, despite a new law granting the executive temporary immunity. The law passed [JURIST report] in March and allows cabinet officials [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] on Thursday approved legislation [text] authorizing the suspension of internet service for those who repeatedly download copyrighted material illegally. The act also received Royal Assent [text] and is now law. The Digital Economy Bill [legislative materials] calls on internet service providers (ISPs) to block [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release] Thursday that Azerbaijan violated parliamentary candidate Namat Aliyev’s rights to stand freely and fairly in the country's 2005 elections. Aliyev alleged that the government violated his rights under Article 3 of Protocol 1 to the European [read more]

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[JURIST] Former South Korean Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook [Forbes profile] was acquitted Friday of bribery charges by the Seoul Central District Court. Han was accused [Korean Herald report] of accepting $50,000 from former Korea Express CEO Kwak Young-wook in 2007 in exchange for helping him become president of Korea South-East [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Justice John Paul Stevens [official profile; Cornell LII materials] of the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that he plans to step down [press release] at the end of the court's 2009 term this summer. In a letter [text, PDF] to President Barack Obama, Stevens [read more]

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[JURIST] US district court judge James Robertson granted Congress additional time [transcript, PDF] Thursday to approve a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] against the government in a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST news archive] brought for its alleged mismanagement of American Indian trust funds. The delay, the third since [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday denied [judgment, PDF] the latest attempt [motion, PDF] by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] to delay his war crimes trial. Karadzic argued that there had been [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Friday issued arrest warrants for at least 17 high-profile protesters in an attempt to put down violent protests. Among the accused are top leaders [TNA report] of the the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, also known as red shirts [BBC backgrounder]. The warrants are [read more]

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