Legal news from Friday, April 16, 2010
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed a civil suit [complaint, PDF] on Friday alleging securities fraud against Goldman, Sachs & Co. [corporate website]. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], alleges that Goldman made misleading [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Internal Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] documents [part 1, PDF; part 2, PDF; part 3, PDF] released Thursday reveal that the former head of the agency Porter Goss may have agreed with the destruction of videotapes [JURIST news archive] showing harsh interrogations of terror suspects. The heavily redacted [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday decried [press release] the recent decision by Hamas [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to execute several of its prisoners. On Thursday, the de-facto government of Palestinian Gaza [JURIST news archive] executed Naser Abu Furaih and Mohamed al-Sabaa, [read more]

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[JURIST] The Regensburg District Court in southern Germany convicted British Bishop Richard Williamson of incitement on Friday for denying the Holocaust [JURIST news archive] and ordered him to pay a 10,000 euro fine. The case stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009,in which Williamson [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Thursday ordered Imam Ahmad Afzali [NYT profile] to leave the country within 90 days. Afzali pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in March to lying to FBI agents in connection with the investigation of [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the National Day of Prayer [official website] is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. Judge Barbara Crabb issued summary judgment in favor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation [advocacy website], [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [official profile] to expand the rights [memo] of patients and non-related visitors in hospitals that receive funding from Medicaid and Medicare [official websites]. The rules that Obama asked HHS to [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Kyrgyzstan Prosecutor General’s Office announced Friday that the son of deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile], Maksim Bakiyev, faces charges of abuse of power and misuse of state credit. Maksim Bakiyev ran Kyrgyzstan's Central Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation and is accused of transferring [RFE/RL report] USD [read more]

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[JURIST] A German court ruled Thursday that persons from the former East Germany do not constitute a unique ethnic group for discrimination prevention purposes. The matter arose [DW report] when an East Berlin woman sued a Stuttgart company after the company rejected her employment application and returned her resume with [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Selna on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] a May 13 pre-trial conference for the consolidated litigation against Toyota Motor Corporation [corporate website, JURIST news archive] surrounding the company's auto safety failures. The court found that, "[b]ecause this docket involves both personal injury actions and actions for [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] An independent UN commission has blamed the Pakistani government and police forces for the 2007 assassination [JURIST report] of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in its investigatory report [text, PDF] released Thursday. According to the report, the Pakistani federal government "lacked a comprehensive security [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Thursday criticized an agreement reached Wednesday between Germany and Kosovo that would return to Kosovo thousands of refugees who fled to Germany during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The agreement calls for Germany [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Nova Scotian government officially pardoned [ceremony materials] and issued an apology to Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond in a ceremony Thursday attended by Premier Darrell Dexter and Minister of Justice Landry Ross [official profiles]. Desmond, an African-Canadian woman who died in 1965, was fined $20 and jailed [read more]

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