Legal news from Tuesday, May 31, 2011
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday found [judgment text] that former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] did not prove his prosecution for tax evasion and fraud were politically motivated but that his detention violated human rights standards. The ECHR [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday announced that military prosecutors have sworn charges [press release] against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The DOD said Mohammed along with Muhammad Salih [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbia War Crimes Court Tuesday rejected an appeal by alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the decision that he is medically fit for extradition [JURIST report]. Snezana Malovic, Serbia's justice minister, confirmed [Aljazeera report] that the 69-year-old Mladic was being transported to the [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd [Cornell LII Backgrounder] that a witness in a terror investigation cannot challenge the constitutionality of an objectively reasonable arrest pursuant to a validly obtained warrant even if the government did not [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Tuesday in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB, SA [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that induced patent infringement requires knowledge that the induced acts constitute patent infringement. Under 35 USC § 271(b) [text], a patent owner may bring suit against [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case over a suspect identification but rejected the appeal of Canadian-born media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] over a fair trial. The court will hear Perry v. New [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official website, in Chinese] issued a directive [press release, in Chinese] Friday instituting new harsher penalties under the criminal law for violations of food safety crimes. The penalties raise the prison sentences and eliminate the caps on fines and raises penalties for public officials [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Cambodian government on Monday asked [press release] the UN International Court of Justice [official websites] to order Thai troops to withdraw from a disputed border area surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile]. Cambodia sought clarification from the court of a 1962 decision [judgment, PDF] awarding the [read more]

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