Legal news from Thursday, May 19, 2011
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] threatened [press release] on Thursday to send 10 member states to the European Court of Justice [official website] if they do not fully implement the Third Capital Requirements Directive 2010/76/EU [text, PDF]. The deadline for implementation was January 1, but Greece, Italy, Poland, [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [official website] decision to renew the operating license of the nation's oldest nuclear power plant. The court held the NRC did not abuse its discretion in renewing the [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley [official website] on Thursday signed into law a bill [SB 479 materials] designed to force French rail company SNCF [corporate website] to disclose its participation in the Holocaust to receive a state rail contract. SNCF allegedly transported 76,000 Jews and other prisoners [JTA report] from [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The trial [JURIST report] of accused Nazi Sandor Kepiro esumed on Thursday after tests proving Kepiro was mentally capable of proceeding. After Kepiro said he could not understand Judge Bela Varga earlier this month, Varga ordered mental and hearing tests for the defendant. Kepiro returned to the court [AFP [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bahrain's Lower National Safety Court on Thursday sentenced nine citizens to 20 years in prison for kidnapping a police officer [BNA report]. The decision was announced by the government-owned Bahrain News Agency, without details of the charges or the incident. Among the convicted was prominent Shiite cleric Mohammed Habib [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent a letter [text] to the Bangladesh government Thursday praising its International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) [Facebook page] to prosecute those responsible for atrocities committed during the 1971 struggle for independence, but urged the government to ensure that the trials are carried out in [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Wednesday that a lawsuit by Argentine citizens can proceed against Daimler AG [official website] for the actions of Mercedes-Benz Argentina [official website, in Spanish] during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] At least 840 people were killed, and more than 6,000 were injured during the Egyptian revolution to oust former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive], according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [PDF] released Thursday. AI argues that Egypt must do more to deal [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] to overturn a ruling [brief, PDF] declaring the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] unconstitutional. The DOJ argued that the health [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee believed to be an al Qaeda leader, was found dead in his cell in what appears to be a suicide [press release], the US Southern Command [official website] announced Wednesday. Guards found the 37-year-old Inayatullah not breathing and unresponsive in his [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Army prosecutors charged a sixth soldier on Tuesday for his involvement in a murder plot that led to the deaths of three Afghan civilians. Staff Sgt. David Bram of Joint Base Lewis-McChord [official website] is charged [Reuters report] with solicitation to commit premeditated murder, failure to report crimes [read more]

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