Legal news from Monday, June 27, 2011

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Monday convicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] on 17 of 20 counts including attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. The jury convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website], ruled Monday in a per curiam opinion [text, PDF] in US v. Juvenile Male that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had no authority to rule that the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006 (SORNA) … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Sunday after serving three years for a subversion conviction. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 and subsequently sentenced to more than three years in prison after he made public [JURIST reports] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] in a plurality opinion Monday reversed [opinion, PDF] the New Jersey Supreme Court's grant of personal jurisdiction over a UK company in a products liability suit. Robert Nicastro alleged that he was injured by a defective metal-shearing machine manufactured in … [read more]

[JURIST] Fifteen associates of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] were charged on Sunday with crimes allegedly committed as a result of the country's post-election violence [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that has been ongoing since last November. The 15 were charged [AFP report] with economic crimes, harming … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett [Cornell LII backgrounder] that an Arizona campaign finance regulation that provided publicly financed candidates with additional government subsidies, which are triggered by independent expenditure groups' speech against such candidates … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Goodyear v. Brown [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that foreign subsidiaries of the American corporation Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company [corporate website] are subject to neither specific nor general personal jurisdiction in North … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a California ban on the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment [text]. California Civil Code sections 1746-1746.5 [text] sought to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday added 11 more cases [order list, PDF] to its 2011-2012 docket. In FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will rule on whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] current indecency enforcement … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bangladesh military court on Monday sentenced 657 border guards for their roles in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The verdict was unprecedented in the number of people convicted [AFP report] at once and brings the total number of soldiers jailed for the mutiny to … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tunisian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of Imed Trabelsi, businessman and nephew of ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The 14th Criminal Chamber of the Tunis Court of Appeal sentenced Trabelsi to four years in prison [TAP report] and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began the initial hearings [materials; agenda, PDF] in the trial of four former leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge regime [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] of the 1970s. The four leaders include Nuon … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Monday issued arrest warrants [decision, PDF] against Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and two of his high-ranking officials. The Pre-Trial Chamber I [official website] issued warrants [press release] for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the "de facto … [read more]

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