Legal news from Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced that the agency had reached a $500 million settlement [press release] with Google [corporate website] for permitting Canadian pharmaceutical companies to advertise to and target US consumers. The advertising led to unlawful importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian investigators on Wednesday arrested a former police officer in connection with the 2006 murder [JURIST report] of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Authorities arrested Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov [RFE/RL report], who is suspected of arranging Politkovskaya's murder and hiring three Chechen men who have also been implicated … [read more]

[JURIST] A Michigan court of appeals ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] cannot be sold at private dispensaries. The defendants are owners of Compassionate Apothecary (CA) [company website], a privately owned medical marijuana dispensary that facilitates patient-to-patient transfer of marijuana using a locker system for patients … [read more]

[JURIST] Accused war criminal Goran Hadzic [ICTY backgrounder] on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Hadzic had refused to enter a plea [JURIST report] in July when he was extradited to The Hague [JURIST report], where he now … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladeshi authorities must put an end to extrajudicial executions [press release] by government authorities, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged on Wednesday. In a report entitled "Crimes Unseen: Extrajudicial Executions in Bangladesh" [text, PDF], AI alleges that the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) [official website], a special police force, unlawfully … [read more]

[JURIST] A Thai court on Wednesday acquitted Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive], the ex-wife of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], overturning a tax evasion conviction. Shinawatra was convicted of tax evasion [JURIST report] in July 2008 for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday concluded its first war crimes trial after two years. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] was taken into ICC custody in March 2006, becoming the first DRC war crimes defendant to appear before … [read more]

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