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15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they would dismiss all charges against Robert Blagojevich, the brother of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive]. Robert Blagojevich faced four counts for his suspected involvement in the alleged conspiracy to sell the Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama. In [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Parliament Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats [official website] on Thursday accused France of violating EU law [press release] by deporting up to 1,000 Roma migrants [JURIST news archive] from the country. The group cited EU directive 38/2004 [text, PDF] for the proposition that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, in German; press release, in German] Thursday that German courts must follow precedent established by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] unless it is clearly a violation of the court's power. The court noted that minor [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday began considering several options [report text] to help counter ongoing piracy off the coast of Somalia [JURIST news archive], including the creation of a new international tribunal. In a report released last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] suggested that [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Croatian authorities on Wednesday extradited a man to Serbia for his connection with the 2003 assassination [JURIST report] of former Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic [BBC obituary; memorial website, in Serbian]. Sretko Kalinic was discovered by authorities in Zagreb in June [Xinhua report] after he was shot by a [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] Wal-Mart [corporate website; JURIST news archive] petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday to reconsider a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] affirming class action certification [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] in a gender discrimination case. The company has asked [read more]

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