Legal news from Thursday, July 15, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 60-39 [roll call vote] in favor of comprehensive financial reform legislation [HR 4173 materials; JURIST news archive], sending it to President Barack Obama [official profile]. The vote on the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 occurred after Democrats garnered the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyz interim President Roza Otunbayeva [Telegraph profile] on Thursday issued a decree establishing a commission to investigate last month's ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder] against the country's Uzbek population. The commission is comprised of 30 former government officials [VOR report], human rights activists and professors, headed by former parliament speaker [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A senior defense lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] was shot dead outside of his home Tuesday night. Police say Jwani Mwaikusa [Martindale profile] was killed [BBC report], along with his nephew and neighbor, and that the attackers then ransacked Mwaikusa's [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Democratic Party fundraiser Hassan Nemazee was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud relating to his orchestration of $292 million pyramid scheme. The federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The District of Columbia Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 that the DC Charter was not violated when city officials refused to allow a ballot initiative on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The court, affirming a ruling [JURIST report] of the Superior Court of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Gambian court on Thursday sentenced eight men—six former army officers and two former high-ranking government officials—to death for their roles in a 2009 coup attempt. The men were charged in March [JURIST report] with conspiring to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh [official website]. The men were [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday ordered the release [press release] of accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The announcement comes one week after the court suspended [press release; JURIST report] Lubanga's trial, stating that the [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) [official website] filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] Wednesday on behalf of nine states in support of Arizona in a lawsuit filed earlier this month [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], seeking to permanently enjoin [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US military on Thursday transferred control over Camp Cropper [JURIST news archive] to Iraqi authorities as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. Despite the transfer, the US will maintain advisers and inspectors [CNN report] in the detention facility to respond to any allegations of [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Argentine Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday voted 33-27 to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], making Argentina the first Latin American nation to do so. The legislation, which includes adoption rights for same-sex couples, was approved after 14 hours of debate [BBC report]. President Cristina Fernandez [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Committee on Natural Resources [official website] on Wednesday approved an amendment [press release], as part of a broader piece of legislation [HB 3534 materials] that would bar new offshore drilling and gas permits to any company with a history of violating environmental or workplace safety laws. [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut company XPRT Ventures LLC filed suit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against eBay [corporate website] in the US District Court for the District of Delaware [official website], claiming the infringement of six patents [materials] for online auctions and payment systems. According to the complaint, which also names PayPal, Bill Me [read more]

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