Legal news from Wednesday, January 26, 2011

[JURIST] Twelve plaintiffs on Monday combined to file a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the New York State Supreme Court [official website] against Countrywide Financial Corporation [NYT backgrounder] alleging widespread fraud that resulted in substantial financial losses. The plaintiffs invested hundreds of millions of dollars with the Bank of America (BOA) … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Courts for the Ninth Circuit [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday that Chief Judge Roslyn Silver of the US District Court of Arizona [official website] has declared a judicial emergency [order; PDF] under the Speedy Trial Act [18 USC § 3161-3174]. Judge Silver's order suspends the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced former communist official Vi Duc Hoi to eight years in prison for advocating democracy and a multiparty system. Hoi was convicted of violating Vietnam's national security for information contained in articles he posted on the internet. According to Hoi's defense lawyer, he was … [read more]

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Theresa May [official profile] addressed Parliament [official website] on Wednesday to announce proposed changes [press release] to the country's anti-terrorism policies, including the controversial use of control orders [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Control orders, created by the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 2005 (PTA) [text], … [read more]

[JURIST] Tunisia's Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi announced Wednesday that the country has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile]. Ben Ali, his wife and other family members face allegations that they illegally transferred money [AFP report] out of the country, possessed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian Federation Council [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday voted to ratify the New START treaty [materials, PDF; JURIST news archive], an agreement between Russia and the US intended to reduce nuclear arms in both countries. The upper house of Russia's parliament unanimously supported the measure, which calls … [read more]

[JURIST] The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) [official website] demanded [press release] Tuesday that Albania and Kosovo investigate and prosecute alleged incidents of organ trafficking, inhuman treatment and other crimes by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) [official website] during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder; JURIST … [read more]

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