Legal news from Monday, December 20, 2010

[JURIST] The FBI's preliminary annual crime statistics for 2010, released on Monday, show a decrease in violent crime [press release] for the fourth year in a row. According to the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report of 2010 [text], the number of reported violent crimes between January and June decreased 6.2 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs [official website] announced Saturday that a UN war crimes panel will be allowed to visit [press release] the island to look into alleged war crimes in the final stages of the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors on Monday filed criminal charges [press release, in Ukrainian] against opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] for allegedly misappropriating state funds during her time in office from 2007-2010. Tymoshenko, whose government was dissolved in March after she narrowly lost the … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] on Friday dropped a lawsuit [notice of dismissal, PDF] challenging the US government's Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) licensing scheme after the government changed the policy. The groups announced in August that they would … [read more]

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