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Legal News
3 May 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday granted bail [order] for nine individuals accused of crimes committed as part of a "Christian warrior" militia called Hutaree [militia website; CNN backgrounder]. Judge Victoria Roberts of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled that bail would be … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson [official profile] agreed on Monday to delay the implementation of a new state law [HB 2780 text, RTF] requiring women seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to consent first to an ultrasound. The Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy website] requested a restraining order temporarily … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] A US military official has said that the US is in negotiations to transfer non-Afghan detainees at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] back to their home countries, Al Jazeera reported [text] Tuesday. The military intends to return the detainees to their countries of origin in anticipation … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] A US military official has said that the US is in negotiations to transfer non-Afghan detainees at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] back to their home countries, Al Jazeera reported [text] Tuesday. The military intends to return the detainees to their countries of origin in anticipation … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Indonesia's justice minister announced Tuesday the opening of a prison wing intended to confine individuals convicted of corruption. The new wing, part of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, is designed to hold up to 256 inmates, although only 10 people are currently incarcerated there. The country's Corruption Eradication Commission … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Indonesia's justice minister announced Tuesday the opening of a prison wing intended to confine individuals convicted of corruption. The new wing, part of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, is designed to hold up to 256 inmates, although only 10 people are currently incarcerated there. The country's Corruption Eradication Commission … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Lawyers for victims of the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST news archive] argued on Monday in the Royal Courts of Justice that UK authorities possessed information that could have helped them prevent the attacks. The theory for the case is built on intelligence that British security service … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Lawyers for victims of the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST news archive] argued on Monday in the Royal Courts of Justice that UK authorities possessed information that could have helped them prevent the attacks. The theory for the case is built on intelligence that British security service … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday expressed opposition to a pending Arizona bill [SB 1070 materials] that would require any individual suspected of being an illegal immigrant to present valid identification to law enforcement officials. In remarks [text] delivered at a naturalization ceremony, Obama stated that failure … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan's provisional government on Monday announced a plan to institute democratic reforms, including a referendum on a new constitution. The plan seeks to move Kyrgyzstan toward a parliamentary republic [Reuters report] with increased checks and balances and a reduction in the constitutional scope of presidential power. In order to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed a civil suit [complaint, PDF] on Friday alleging securities fraud against Goldman, Sachs & Co. [corporate website]. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], alleges that Goldman made misleading … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Thursday ordered Imam Ahmad Afzali [NYT profile] to leave the country within 90 days. Afzali pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in March to lying to FBI agents in connection with the investigation of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that federal prisoners are not entitled to a base level of compensation for work performed while incarcerated. Serra v. Lappin grew out of a challenge brought by attorney J. Tony Serra, who was … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] on Thursday approved legislation [text] authorizing the suspension of internet service for those who repeatedly download copyrighted material illegally. The act also received Royal Assent [text] and is now law. The Digital Economy Bill [legislative materials] calls on internet service providers (ISPs) to block … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Lawyers for an Algerian national detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Monday filed an emergency motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to block the detainee's transfer to his home country. Petitioner Ahmed Belbacha renewed his request for an … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called on leaders in Guinea-Bissau [official website, in Portuguese] to respect the rule of law [press release] and maintain constitutional order in the wake of a confrontation between the military and government in which the prime minister was detained and later … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Some forms of online piracy in France are on the rise in spite of the recently passed anti-piracy law [legislative materials, in French; JURIST news archive], according to a March study [text, PDF; in French] conducted by the Marsouin Unit [official website, in French] at the University of Rennes … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] on Thursday appointed [press release] retired Navy Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald [official profile] as the convening authority for military commissions [JURIST news archive]. Considered an expert in military law, MacDonald's experience as a former Navy judge advocate general played a significant role … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] agreed at belated International Women's Day Celebrations on Friday that gay rights should not be constitutionally protected [AFP report]. While Zimbabwean "sexual deviancy" laws prohibit homosexual acts, some lawmakers have … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Attorneys general from several states said Monday that they plan to file lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill [text, PDF] passed [JURIST report] Sunday by the US House of Representatives [official website]. Attorneys general from at least 12 states - Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Nebraska, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Philippine lawyers and activists protested Friday in front of the Supreme Court [official website] in Manila following Wednesday's ruling [judgment text; JURIST report], which held that the constitution does not prevent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] from replacing retiring Chief Justice Reynato Puno prior to the May … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities on Monday released a Catholic priest and leading rights activist from Hanoi prison. Father Nguyen Van Ly [Freedom Now profile] was released early Monday morning and has been reunited with his family in Hue. Ly had been arrested and charged in 2007 under Article 88 of Vietnam's … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur for North Korea Vitit Muntarbhorn [official profile] said Monday that the North Korean human rights situation is continuing to deteriorate. Presenting his report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website], Muntarbhorn noted that any attempt to halt human rights violations in North … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The top rights official at the Council of Europe [official website] on Monday rejected [press release] the notion of banning Muslim burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab garments. Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] noted in a written statement [text] marking International Women's Day [official website]: Those … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) [official website, in Chinese] on Monday opened consideration of election reforms designed to afford equal representation to residents of rural and urban administrative areas. China's current electoral law provides more congressional representatives to residents of urban districts than residents of rural ones. The … [read more]

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