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Legal news from Friday, October 28, 2011

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] announced comprehensive changes on Thursday to its national communications subsidy program to make high-speed internet access available in rural areas [press release, PDF]. The Connect America Fund [official website; executive summary, PDF] will have an annual budget of USD $4.5 billion, and … [read more]

[JURIST] A court-martial began Friday for US Army Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, charged with murdering civilians in Afghanistan as part of a rogue platoon that has attacked villagers in the Kandahar province. Gibbs' trial follows an 18-month investigation into crimes committed by US military personnel as part of the war … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday ordered [text, PDF] the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] and Citigroup [corporate website] to defend their recent settlement agreement [JURIST report]. The agreement concluded the dispute that charged … [read more]

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will stand trial on November 29 for ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses. Garzon was indicted [text, PDF, in Spanish; JURIST report] in April for ordering the placement of wiretaps in … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] gave final approval [opinion, PDF] Thursday to a $1.25 billion settlement for black farmers who were discriminated against by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) [official website] in disbursement loans and other forms of relief. … [read more]

[JURIST] The corruption trial of former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was postponed Friday for health reasons. Sanader has suffered from coronary problems and is expected to undergo a medical examination [BBC report] in preparation for trial now scheduled to start next week. Sanader, who was elected to parliament after … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian authorities should review the conviction of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [JURIST news archive], says a resolution [text] passed Thursday by the European Parliament that called her imprisonment [press release] "a violation of human rights and an abuse of the judiciary designed to silence Ukraine's leading opposition politician." … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and alleged al Qaeda facilitator on Thursday filed a case against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights [official website] for torture and secret detention at a CIA-run location within the Baltic state. The claimant, Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile], … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Center for Legal Justice (ACLJ) [advocacy website] and 105 members of Congress filed an amicus brief [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] Thursday urging the court to take up a Florida case challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile], confirmed Friday that there has been informal contact with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], discussing the possibility of his surrender to the court. Libya's … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers representing women who claimed discrimination by Wal-Mart [corporate website] filed an amended lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday narrowing their claims to California stores of the retail giant. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], alleges discriminatory practices against more than … [read more]

[JURIST] Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR) [official website], the body charged with investigating Nazi and communist-era crimes, on Thursday announced a new probe into Nazi crimes aimed at tracking down living Nazi perpetrators. The investigation, opened by the branch in Krakow [AP report], follow investigations conducted during the Communist … [read more]

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