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  • 25 Jun 2011 2:34 PM | Deleted user
    The United States and the European Union have condemned the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for alleged abuse of power. WATCH: Thousands of protestors rallied on June 24 in support of Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is being tried for alleged abuse of power.(video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

  • 25 Jun 2011 10:39 AM | Deleted user
    The United States is aware of the opening of the trial against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and reiterates its concern about the appearance of politically-motivated prosecutions of opposition figures in Ukraine. When the senior leadership of an opposition party is the focus of prosecutions, out of proportion with other political figures, this creates the appearance of a political motive. We urge the Government of Ukraine to refrain from actions that create such an appearance and undermine the rule of law in Ukraine. We will closely monitor the legal proceedings against Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition figures  Read Statement Here 
  • 24 Jun 2011 12:09 PM | Deleted user

    Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday went on trial for alleged abuse of power, denouncing her rival President Viktor Yanukovych as a coward fearing political competition. The former premier, known as the "Iron Lady", is accused of abuse of power in connection with a contract she signed with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after a brief interruption of gas deliveries from Russia in early 2009. Read More Yahoo News

  • 23 Jun 2011 7:14 PM | Deleted user

    A view of the decision from the Left
    Lost in some of the reaction to the Supreme Court's decision halting a national class action over sex discrimination in Wal-Mart was the high court's opinion, issued on the same day, which stopped some other creative litigation that had come before it: a pair of lawsuits filed by several state governments, the City of New York and private land trusts against five large power companies over greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The high court deferred to the EPA's plans to regulate in this area, finding that courts should not interfere where the EPA may yet tread. Read More at the Huffington Post
    A view of the decision from the right

    Wal-Mart v. Dukes was not the only important Supreme Court decision issued today.  The Court also handed down it’s decision in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, in which the Court unanimously rejected state efforts to sue power companies for contributing to the “public nuisance” of global warming.  This is a significant holding, and a setback for environmentalist plaintiffs and activist state AGs, though some climate suits may continue. National Review Online

    Read the Opinion AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER CO., INC., ET AL. v.
    CONNECTICUT ET AL. No. 10–174. Argued April 19, 2011—Decided June 20, 2011

  • 23 Jun 2011 6:53 PM | Deleted user

    As clients seek to cut costs, the field of 'contract' attorneys expands.
    When he decided to become a lawyer, Jose Aponte followed a familiar path: He took the LSAT, spent more than $100,000 on law school, took a grueling bar exam and paid for continuing education. But the work the 37-year-old New York lawyer, a graduate of American University's Washington College of Law, is getting is a far cry from the stable, lucrative type he originally envisioned.  The grunt work in corporate litigation is being farmed out to contract attorneys. More and more law school graduates, steeped in student-loan debt, are settling for this unsteady, monotonous work for surprisingly low pay. WSJ's Vanessa O'Connell and Jason Bellini report. .Mr. Aponte is part of a growing field of itinerant "contract" attorneys who move from job to job, getting paid by the hour, largely to review documents for law firms and corporate clients. These short-term jobs, which can pay as little as $15 an hour, have increasingly become a fixture in the $100 billion global corporate legal industry as law firms and clients seek to lower their costs. Read More at the Wall Street Journal


  • 23 Jun 2011 6:08 PM | Deleted user

    Ukraine's state security service on Thursday said it had broken up an international hacking ring that infiltrated foreign banks' computer networks and stole $72 million. The hacker group, organised and led by Ukrainians, used a computer virus to access bank accounts abroad, the SBU security agency said. Yahoo News 

  • 23 Jun 2011 6:03 PM | Deleted user

    The Constitutional Court of Ukraine has ruled that the expansion of the Ukrainian president's powers on the creation and disbanding of courts of general jurisdiction is constitutional. An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that the court had issued such a ruling on Thursday, June 22, 2011. The court recognized as constitutional a provision from the law of July 7, 2010 on the judicial system and the status of judges, under which courts of general jurisdiction are formed and disbanded by the Ukrainian president under a motion from the Justice Ministry and on the basis of proposals from the head of a respective supreme court. Read more Kyiv Post

  • 23 Jun 2011 5:59 PM | Deleted user
    Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former prime minister and opposition leader, has asked the European Court of Human Rights to rule on whether domestic criminal probes against her are politically motivated. “We filed an appeal [on Tuesday] laying out our case that political oppression is under way in Ukraine,” said Ms Tymoshenko, who describes charges against her as an attempt to silence political opposition.Read More at the Financial Times
  • 18 Jun 2011 2:50 PM | Deleted user

    The use of the red banner to perpetuate the victory in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) is unconstitutional, the Ukrainian Constitutional Court ruled on Friday. The court substantiated its ruling by the fact that the Ukrainian Constitution contains an exclusive list of national symbols, which does not include a red banner.Read more Kyiv Post

     See also Ukrainian court bans hammer-and-sickle Communist flag. Private display of the Soviet or any other flag by individuals in Ukraine is legal and constitutionally protected.  Read  More

    Read the Court's Decision in the Ukrainian Language

  • 18 Jun 2011 2:44 PM | Deleted user
    It took photographer Donald Weber more than five years to get access to an interrogation room in Ukraine, a country where most criminal convictions come from confessions. Once inside, he looked not to the men who did whatever it took to extract an admission of guilt, but on the suspects before them. Read more Kyiv Post:

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