Legal news from Monday, June 18, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Monday in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that pharmaceutical sales representatives (PSRs) qualify as outside salespeople under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [text], making them ineligible for overtime under the act. The Department of Labor (DOL) … [read more]

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors asked a court on Monday to sentence former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to three years and eight months in prison on fraud charges. Berlusconi, who resigned as prime minister in November, has been accused of embezzlement relating to his commercial broadcast company, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] in a plurality opinion on Monday ruled [decision, PDF] that a defendant's rights under the Confrontation Clause were not violated when the state permited an expert witness to testify about the results of a DNA test performed at a private laboratory, where the … [read more]

[JURIST] Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday suspended [press release] the trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY case materials; JURIST news archive] due to an error in disclosing documents to the defense lawyers. The decision … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Monday that the federal government is responsible for the full payment contractually promised to Native American tribes even if Congress does not allocate enough money. Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] involves the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rwandan community courts set up to hear genocide-related cases, known as gacaca courts [official website; BBC backgrounder] officially concluded their 10-year operation on Monday. The gacaca process has been praised by the UN [The New Times report] as demonstrating that national initiatives have a more direct and sustainable … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Smith v. United States [docket], which deals with the burden of proof in conspiracy cases. The case involves two individuals who have been sentenced to life in prison for their connections to a large drug … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested Mir Kashem Ali for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Earlier that day the International Criminal Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] had issued an arrest warrant against the chairman of Diganta Media Corporation [Facebook page] … [read more]

[JURIST] Philippines President Beningno Aquino III [official website] on Monday signed the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 [text, PDF] which criminalizes the financing of terrorism. The new law will penalize an individual who organizes or directs the commission of the crime of financing terrorism with imprisonment of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday condemned Eritrea [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for its failure to address the human rights violations in the country. In her opening statement [text] to the 20th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council [official website], … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled 8-1 [decision, PDF] that the federal government is not immune from a lawsuit by a citizen to prevent a particular use of "Indian Lands" retained in trust by the government. In Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday closed its third contempt trial against former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [official website, in Serbian; JURIST news archive]. Seselj has been accused of contempt of court and divulging data in a … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday expressed concern about the human rights situation in Syria during her opening address [text; press release] to the Human Rights Council. Pillay said that the deteriorating situation in Syria has impeded UN officials from doing their jobs … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder] announced on Monday that it will transfer power to the newly elected president by the end of this month, according to Egypt's official news agency. The polls closed on Sunday and the winner of the presidential runoff will … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] will face charges associated with the shooting of a Ukrainian lawmaker, a deputy prosecutor said Monday. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka [official profile] had indicated last month that she may face charges in the 1996 shooting of lawmaker … [read more]

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