Legal news from Friday, December 10, 2010
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [official website] ruled Thursday that prosecutors can indict a genetic profile in a rape case, even if they do not know the suspect's name. The ruling will allow prosecutors to indict suspects based on a DNA profile so that once the suspect is identified [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia Friday in Oslo, Norway. The prize was laid in an empty chair following the ceremony. It would normally be presented to either the recipient or a close relative, as [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday criticized actions by governments and corporations to cut off funding to WikiLeaks [website; JURIST news archive], saying it could violate the website's rights to free expression. The comments come following efforts from the US government and US-based [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] Thursday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is deliberately protecting those accused of committing genocide in Darfur [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Ocampo said [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Italian town of Parma on Thursday convicted the founder and former chief executive of dairy giant Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive], Calisto Tanzi [NNDB profile], for the company's fraudulent bankruptcy, sentencing him to 18 years. The court said that Tanzi and the 14 [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A French court decided Thursday to combine two separate cases involving misuse of public funds brought against former president Jacques Chirac [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive], leaving him to face only one trial this spring. It is said that France's Court of Cassation [official website, in French] [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] failed Thursday to advance a vote on a bill to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], which prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces. The Senate fell three [read more]

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