Legal news from Friday, July 16, 2010
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A UK High Court of Justice on Friday allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to force the UK government to hold a public inquiry into torture allegations [JURIST news archive] made following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The suit was brought by 102 Iraqi men who claim they [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] New York Governor David Paterson (D) [official website] signed a bill [press release] Friday prohibiting the retention of personal information of individuals detained New York City police during a "stop and frisk" but ultimately not charged with a crime. The law [A 11177A materials] was approved by the New [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A UK crown court on Friday ordered five companies to pay £9.5 million [press release] in damages relating to the 2005 Buncefield oil storage depot explosion [investigation website; case materials], which has been described as the most costly industrial accident in the UK. Total UK, a subsidiary of French [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official websites] ruled Friday that the farmers who lost their land under Zimbabwe's land reform program [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] may take their case to the SADC summit meeting next month. The ruling, which also reaffirms a previous ruling [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for US geologist Xue Feng [advocacy website] announced Friday that Xue has appealed his conviction for selling state secrets, arguing that the information to which he had access did not include protected information. Xue was convicted earlier this month [JURIST report] by Beijing's No.1 Intermediate People's Court [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday criticized the human rights record [press release] of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad [BBC profile], claiming he has made virtually no progress on rights despite repeated promises for reform. In a report, "A Wasted Decade" [materials], released a day in advance of [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Friday voted 354 to 96 to approve legislation that would allow the country's secret police, the Federal Security Service (FSB) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], to question citizens about their actions related to crimes that have not yet occurred. The KGB [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Kimberley Process (KP) [official website] on Thursday approved the limited sale of diamonds from the controversial Marange mines after reaching an agreement with the Zimbabwean government. The agreement, reached in a meeting of the international diamond monitoring body, comes after the KP was unable to reach a consensus [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] and federal judge Jay Bybee [official profile] denied approving a number of interrogation techniques used by the CIA, according to testimony [transcript materials] released Thursday by the US House Judiciary Committee [official website]. Bybee was questioned by the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday sentenced civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] to 10 years in prison, increasing her original sentence of 28 months. Stewart was convicted by a jury in 2005 [JURIST report] on charges of conspiracy, giving material support to terrorists and defrauding [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Goldman, Sachs & Co. [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday agreed to a $550 million settlement [text, PDF] with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] to resolve charges [press release] that they marketed a subprime mortgage product and made misleading statements and omissions to investors [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] the torture convictions and sentence of Charles McArthur Emmanuel, son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [JURIST news archives]. Emmanuel was sentenced [JURIST report] last year to 97 years in prison after being [read more]

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