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Legal News
25 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that two former lobbyists may use classified documents in their defense against charges [case materials] under the 1917 Espionage Act [18 USC 793 text]. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, previously with the American Israel … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that bars Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive], former prime minister and current leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website], from holding elected office based on a past criminal conviction for "hijacking". Sharif was … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers on Monday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official websites] to revisit a January decision in which a three-judge panel ruled [JURIST report] that indefinite civil commitment of "sexually dangerous" offenders was unconstitutional. The DOJ now seeks an en … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Swiss Green Party [official website, in French] has collected enough signatures to force a referendum [link to text, multilingual] on whether the country's service members should be required to keep their government-issued firearms at military compounds. The Green Party has denounced [position statement, in French] the current practice … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website, in German] announced [press release, in German] Wednesday that her cabinet had agreed on a draft bill [PDF text, in German] that would allow the government to forcibly nationalize some ailing financial institutions. The bill apparently targets Hypo Real Estate (HRE) [corporate website], … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] charged [complaint, PDF; SEC press release] financier Allen Stanford [professional profile] Tuesday with orchestrating a fraudulent $8 billion investment scheme by selling certificates of deposits on the promise of improbably high interest rates. Stanford, through his investment companies - Stanford … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] A military judge ruled that a US Army sergeant may testify for the prosecution against Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., who is charged [JURIST report] in connection with the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, as court-martial proceedings began Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham will be allowed to testify [AP report], … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Vygaudas Usackas [official profile] said Wednesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] will begin talks with the US about the possibility of accepting prisoners from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Lithuanian Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene expects to discuss the matter with US Defense … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Kenyan Parliament [official website] on Tuesday delayed voting on a constitutional amendment that would create a special tribunal for the country, following allegations by MP Gitobu Imanyara [official profile] that government officials tried to bribe or blackmail MPs into voting for the bill. President Mwai Kibaki [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] A bill [text] has been introduced into the US House of Representatives [official website] that would end the ban on travel by US residents to Cuba. The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, introduced last week by Representative William Delahunt (D-MA) [official website], would allow all US citizens and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) [official website] confirmed Wednesday that a UK Army officer was arrested in Afghanistan [MOD blog post] and returned to the London for questioning on suspicion of revealing secret information to a human rights organization. Lt. Col. Owen McNally is accused [Sun report] of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Tuesday that Palestinian National Authority (PNA) [IMEU backgrounder] president Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] had petitioned the court to exercise jurisdiction over possible war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip, but indicated the tribunal would first have to consider whether the PNA qualifies … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] resolved a long-standing dispute [ICJ materials] between Ukraine and Romania Tuesday by drawing a new maritime border [judgment, PDF] between the countries, giving Romania four-fifths of waters believed to sit atop a sizable crude oil reserve. At issue … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Australia's Supreme Court of Victoria [official website] Tuesday sentenced Algerian cleric [sentencing remarks] Abdul Nacer Benbrika [BBC profile], also known as Abu Bakr, to at least 12 years in prison for his role in plotting large-scale terror attacks aimed at sporting venues and railway stations in Australia. Benrika received … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Japanese defense minister Yasukazu Hamada [official profile] on Wednesday ordered [press release] the country's Maritime Self-Defense Force [official website] to prepare to travel to the waters surrounding Somalia to combat piracy in the region, despite concerns that combat could be prohibited by the country's constitution. Hamada has said the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile] will likely be tried for corruption after the country's Supreme Court of Appeal Tuesday struck down an injunction that had stalled the investigation into his alleged theft of international aid money. Muluzi contends that the charges are political, as he intends to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Ontario Court of Appeal [official website] Monday affirmed [judgment, PDF] a lower court ruling that prohibits the media from reporting on the terrorism trial of a group known as the "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder]. The 3-2 decision found that a Canadian criminal statute [text] allowing defendants to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Monday that the US will not change its policy on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detainees to Saudi Arabia, despite reports that two former prisoners have joined al Qaeda in Yemen. A US counterterrorism … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] admitted throwing a hand grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan, according to the pre-trial testimony Monday of an American intelligence official. The official, identified as Interrogator 11, said Khadr expressed pride in learning he had caused the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed into law [RIA Novosti report] amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials] extending presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for parliament members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. The amendments were … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on Tuesday postponed the trial of Muntadhar al-Zaidi [BBC profile], the journalist accused of throwing his shoes at US President George W. Bush [official website]. The trial will resume after the Iraqi High Judicial Council determines whether al-Zaidi should … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Chinese Dairy Industry Association [Light Industry backgrounder] announced Saturday that 22 companies will provide financial compensation to families whose infants were harmed by melamine-contaminated milk [JURIST news archive]. Families will receive a one-time payment of an unspecified amount, and may recover further for any future related medical expenses. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] Ten ethnic Albanians were arrested in Serbia Friday for alleged crimes committed during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder], according to Serb officials. The former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] members, being held for questioning in Belgrade and Vranje, will likely be charged for their alleged roles in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] Wednesday adopted a resolution [press release] criticizing human rights violations in Myanmar [JURIST news archive]. The resolution also called for the release of political prisoners, and expressed dissatisfaction with the country's transition to democracy, which, it alleges, has lacked transparency and fairness. An … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2008
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling that two Kentucky statutes regulating interstate wine sales were unconstitutional. The Sixth Circuit agreed that KRS 243.155 and KRS 244.165 [texts], requiring out-of-state wine to be purchased in-person, were discriminatory … [read more]

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