Legal news from Thursday, January 27, 2011

[JURIST] Specialist Jeremy Morlock has accepted a plea agreement offered by US Army [official website] prosecutors, according to a Washington Post report [text] Wednesday. Under the agreement, Morlock, charged [JURIST report] in June in the deaths of three Afghan civilians in separate incidents between January and May, agreed to offer … [read more]

[JURIST] The Botswana Court of Appeal [SAFLII database] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that the indigenous Bushmen [National Geographic backgrounder], or San, can drill wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) [official website], reversing a lower court ruling [JURIST report]. The court found that the Bushmen have … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday declared Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] incompetent to stand trial in connection with a $7 billion fraud scheme. Judge David Hittner of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website], who postponed the trial [JURIST report] earlier this … [read more]

Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile] has signed into law a bill permitting the government to ban media outlets that its information ministry declares contrary to public interest. The new law, which amends the 2009 penal code amendment bill, has already drawn heavy criticism from regional media watchdogs, … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 1,000 protesters have been detained in Egypt as demonstrations against the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile] entered their third day on Thursday. Protests were held Thursday in Egypt's capital Cairo, as well as the city of Suez, and are reportedly spreading across the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], can proceed in state court. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST news report] … [read more]

[JURIST] MetroPCS [corporate website], the fifth-largest cell phone company in the US, said Tuesday that it has filed an appeal [text, PDF] challenging new net neutrality [JURIST news archive] rules that will allow the government to regulate Internet traffic. Roger Linquist, MetroPCS's president and CEO, said in a statement that … [read more]

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