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Legal news from Wednesday, June 16, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced Wednesday that BP will subsidize a $20 billion compensation fund [transcript] to indemnify the workers and business owners harmed as a result of the BP oil spill [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] in the Gulf of Mexico. The announcement follows a meeting [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press summary, PDF] Wednesday that a control order [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] imposing a 16-hour curfew and requiring the appellant to live 150 miles from his family was a violation of his rights. The appellant, known only as AP, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] heard arguments [press release] Wednesday in an appeal filed on behalf of former Rwandan Armed Forces Colonel Tharcisse Renzaho [case materials; Trial Watch profile]. Renzaho was sentenced to life in prison [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] last [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced that a grand jury has indicted [press release] the former CEO of mortgage company Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TWB) [corporate website] on charges of fraud related to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) [materials]. The indictment alleges that [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Two Sudanese men suspected of committing war crimes related to the ongoing violence in the Darfur [JURIST news archive] region of Sudan surrendered [press release] Wednesday to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain (Banda) and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (Jerbo) are suspected in connection [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) for Northern Ireland announced Tuesday that it is considering whether to file charges [press release, PDF] against the British soldiers responsible for civilian casualties in the 1972 Bloody Sunday [BBC backgrounder] attack in Londonderry. The Bloody Sunday Inquiry [official website] released a report [text] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday called for the release of US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive] in a letter [text] to Rwanda authorities. Acting on the advice of the UN Office of Legal Affairs [official [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday held a hearing [materials; video] to consider the nomination [JURIST report] of James Cole [nomination materials] for deputy attorney general. Republican members of the committee used the hearing to offer criticism of the Obama administration's approach to fighting terrorism [JURIST [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday announced the latest plan of action [transcript] for tackling the BP oil spill [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive], including the development of a compensation fund, a long-term restoration plan and prevention of future disasters through stronger regulation. Obama will meet with [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Iraqi Kurdistan to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder] in a report [materials; press release] published Wednesday. The report, "They Took Me and Told Me Nothing," calls on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) [official website] to develop [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 69 current and former law school deans have expressed their support for US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Elena Kagan [official profile; JURIST news archive], describing her as "superbly qualified" in a letter [text, PDF] released Tuesday. The June 7 letter, addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] heard arguments [press release] Tuesday on behalf of Emmanuel Rukundo [case materials; church website], a priest convicted of genocide [JURIST report] and other charges last year. The appellate chamber also heard arguments from the prosecution, which [read more]

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