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Legal News
12 Jan 2011
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] A Pakistani anti-terrorism court in the province of Punjab on Tuesday sentenced two men to life in prison for violating Pakistan's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. Mohammad Shafi and his son Mohammad Aslam were convicted in the city of Dera Ghazi for having torn down and trampled a … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2011
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill[official website] released its full final report [text] on Tuesday, tracing the deeper root causes of the spill and recommending steps to avoid future incidents. The report highlights mistakes made by British Petroleum (BP), as well as its partners Haliburton … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] A former Chinese corruption official was executed on Thursday for accepting more than 4.7 million USD in bribes. Zeng Jinchun, a chief inspector for the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) [official website] in the central province of Hunan, accepted bribes in return for mining contracts and job promotions … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav [BBC profile] was convicted of two rape charges on Thursday, following his decision to rescind an earlier plea bargain. A Tel Aviv court found him guilty of assaulting a female employee of the Tourism Ministry during his time as Minister, and two women at … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania appeals court has overturned a Chester County Court of Common Pleas [official website] decision banning the use of evidence obtained with global positioning systems (GPS) technology. The three judge panel of the appeals court allowed the admission [Daily Local News report] of evidence that could bring four … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [official website] on Friday urged incumbent Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] to step down, threatening the use of force if he attempts to maintain power. Gbagbo has refused to cede power to president-elect Alassance Ouattara [BBC profile], who won … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Monday dismissed the case against the ruling Democrat Party [party website] for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Judge Udomsak Nitimontree dismissed the suit, brought in June by the Electoral Commission of Thailand (EC) [official website], citing the commissioner's failure to follow … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The Swedish Svea Appeals Court [materials, in English] Friday upheld [press release, in Swedish] the copyright convictions of Fredrik Neji, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstroem for their involvement in running The Pirate Bay [official website], a file-sharing website. The Swedish appeals court additionally shortened their prison sentences from one … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday declined [opinion, PDF] to rehear en banc a bid by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to overturn a decision that prevents the government from using global positioning systems (GPS) technology to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The number of reported hate crime incidents and victims decreased in 2009, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report [materials; press release] released Monday. The number of reported incidents was down to 6,604 from 7,783 in 2008, while the number of reported victims was down to 8,336 from … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) [official website] stalled a bill on Friday that would allow the federal government to block websites allegedly participating in copyright infringement. The Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA) [text, PDF] aims to discourage Internet sites dedicated to infringement activities by allowing the Attorney … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Monday to ban animal cruelty or crush videos, revising the 1999 legislation [18 USC § 48 text] that was struck down by the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] in April. The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Google [corporate website, JURIST news archive] on Monday urged the international community to ensure the free flow of online information [white paper text] by respecting global trade regulations and establishing new rules to protect against limitations on the Internet. Google estimates that up to 40 countries are incorporating surveillance … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] A judge for Nigeria's Federal High Court [official website] in Lagos ruled Monday that an amendment to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution [text] made by the National Assembly (NASS) [official website] cannot become operational law without the assent of the president. Justice Okechukwu Okeke ruled [Daily Independent report] that the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] the first preliminary challenge to the recently enacted health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive]. Former California lawmaker Steve Baldwin, along with the Pacific Justice Institute [advocacy website] filed for a … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran [GlobeLex backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Saturday sentenced Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammed Seifzadeh to nine years in prison and a 10-year ban from practicing law. Seifzadeh was charged [RFE/RL report] with acting against national security in establishing the Defender of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of Ankara on Saturday lifted a nearly three-year ban on YouTube [media website; JURIST news archive] after disputed videos were removed from the site's content. A German-based international licensing service owned by a Turkish citizen reportedly bought the rights to the videos [Hurriyet report] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Somalia was once again ranked the most corrupt country by Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website] in its 2010 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday. The CPI measures the abuse of entrusted power for private gain in both the public and private spheres. Countries are ranked … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Former Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials, JURIST news archive] on Monday pleaded guilty [press release] to all five charges against him, including conspiracy, murder and aiding the enemy. Under the terms of the agreement, Khadr will serve up to eight more years in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the constitutionality of an Illinois statute mandating a daily moment of silence in public schools. The court rejected arguments that the Illinois Reflection and Silent Prayer Act [text] violated the Establishment Clause of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday extended the deadline for Congress to approve the $3.4 billion settlement concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of funds [DOI materials] held in trust for American Indian landowners [JURIST news archive]. Judge Thomas … [read more]

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