Legal news from Monday, September 13, 2010
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [corporate website] sentenced former IBM [corproate website] senior vice president Robert Moffat to six months in prison Monday and ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine for his role in the largest insider trading trading [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Impeachment Trial Committee [official website] began hearing arguments Monday in the case against federal judge Thomas Porteous who is charged with perjury and accepting bribes from lawyers while a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website]. Porteous's lawyer Jonathan [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Representatives from Russia and Georgia appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday for the beginning of a hearing to determine whether the court has jurisdiction to hear allegations that Russia committed human rights abuses following the secession of two sections of Georgia [JURIST news [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Violent crime in the US dropped for the third year in a row, according to the annual crime statistics for 2009 [press release], released Monday by the FBI. The FBI's Crime in the United States, 2009 [text] report showed a total 5.3 percent decrease in violent crimes between 2008 [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge from Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Sunday released [CHRR report] from prison Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist arrested following the 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive], after she posted bail of USD $500,000, according to a local press reports. While Judge [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government is unlawfully detaining and torturing [press release] thousands of detainees, according to a Monday report from Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, "New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful Detention in Iraq" [text, PDF] estimates that more than 30,000 detainees are currently being held in Iraqi prisons [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Constitutional amendments [text, in Turkish] previously annulled [JURIST report] by the Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] of Turkey were approved by a 58 percent popular vote [press review] Sunday, marking a major victory for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish]. The vote, which [read more]

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