Legal news from Thursday, April 19, 2012
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Ukrainian court on Thursday began proceedings in the tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] who announced that she would not be able attend [press release] due to health concerns. Tymoshenko is charged with misappropriating funds [BBC report] during her service [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Federal Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday dismissed a securities lawsuit [opinion, PDF] against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. [corporate website] and 41 other defendants claiming [complaint, PDF] that the banks helped mislead investors in the $12.2 billion stock offering by General Electric Co. (GE) [corporate website] back in October 2008. [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan [official website] sentenced 47 individuals to 15-year prison terms Thursday on charges relating to terrorist attacks and financing extremist activities. The convicted individuals are alleged to be members of a terrorist group [AP report] and were subjected to a month-long trial, beginning in March and [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] expressed concern [statement] on Wednesday over the new wave of arrests targeted at high-ranking officials within Mali. BAn demanded immediate release of those who had been imprisoned and asked that the junta stop all further arrests. He stated that these actions directly [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A former Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice [official website, in Spanish] judge accused the Venezuelan government on Thursday of improperly interfering with judicial decisions in a televised interview [video, in Spanish]. In the interview conducted in the US, former Venezuelan Justice Eladio Aponte Aponte said that judges in Venezuela [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday wrote an open letter [text, PDF; press release] to all UN member states urging them to consider the protection of human rights in their negotiations during the upcoming Rio+20 Conference [official website] where the nations will [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [advocacy websites] urged Azerbaijani authorities on Tuesday to conduct an investigation into the violent attack by police and security personnel against journalist Idrak Abbasov. Abbasov was beaten by the state energy company [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter [transcript; JURIST report] on whether the federal government must pay American Indian tribes all contract-related costs incurred under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act [text], even when those costs [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Kappos v. Hyatt [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a patent applicant pursuing a 35 USC § 145 [text] claim may introduce new evidence that could have been presented to the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) [official website] in [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that political organizations including the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization are immune from liability under the Torture Victims Protection Act of 1992 (TVPA) [text]. The petitioners, relatives of a [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday sent an application to the Canadian government requesting a transfer to his home state from the US military detention facility. In 2010 Khadr pleaded guilty to five charges [JURIST report] in a [read more]

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