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Legal News
2 May 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] An amendment to Chinese law abolishing the death penalty [JURIST news archive] for 13 crimes passed in February [JURIST report] by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [official website] went into effect on Sunday. The list of crimes for which the death penalty was abolished include … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced [statement] Sunday night that earlier in the day a small team of US military personnel attacked a compound in which al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive] had been hiding, killing Bin Laden and taking possession of his … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] China's government released human rights lawyer Teng Biao Friday after more than 70 days of detention, but this was quickly followed by reports that fellow human rights lawyer Li Fangping disappeared later in the afternoon under suspicious circumstances. Teng's release [CNN report] came after discussions between Chinese officials and … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged Uganda's government Sunday to stop using what she called excessive force against protesters, including opposition leader Kizza Beisgye [JURIST news archive]. Pillay criticized [Reuters report] the government's treatment of Bezigye during his arrest last Thursday, during which video … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Belgian prosecutors announced Wednesday that police in Belgium arrested Rwandan Mathias Bushishi Monday for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Police arrested Bushishi [RFI report] on an international arrest warrant [Interpol warrant] that includes charges of war crimes and genocide. Bushishi is accused … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Republican-led US House of Representatives [official website] filed a motion [text, PDF] Monday with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] voted 16-15 Tuesday to overturn a 1986 law [press release, in Spanish] granting amnesty to members of the military junta that ruled the country between 1973 and 1985. The decision [AP report] to repeal Uruguay's Expiry Law [text, in Spanish] means that courts … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday that Syrian security forces have stopped medical personnel, sometimes violently, from attending to injured protesters. A spokesperson for the group called the practice "both inhumane and illegal." According to the report, at least 28 protesters died Friday in protests spread … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a conviction where police officers used a GPS device to track the movement of a suspect in a string of sexual assaults without obtaining a warrant. The state's second highest appellate court failed to address whether … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Lawyers for human rights lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu claimed Tuesday that the judge failed to allow key evidence at Vu's trial on charges of carrying out anti-state propaganda. The court convicted Vu [JURIST report] on Monday, sentencing him to seven years in prison followed by three … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] Tuesday prohibiting implementation of the state's new Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF]. The order emphasizes that a temporary restraining order [JURIST report] issued March 18 prohibits not only publication of the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Israel's Knesset [official website, in Hebrew] passed a law Monday giving courts the power to revoke the citizenship of those convicted of treason, spying, aiding the enemy or terrorism. The law, initiated by members of nationalist party Israel Beytenu [party website], passed [Jerusalem Post report] by a vote of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Yemeni Parliament enacted several emergency measures Wednesday at the request of President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic] in an effort to end anti-government protests. The new laws give the government greater power [AP report] to arrest and detain protesters and to censor the media. The new … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Tel Aviv District Court [official website, in Hebrew] sentenced former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to seven years in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting three women. The court convicted Katsav [JURIST report] in December, finding that he had assaulted a female employee of the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A panel of judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] stayed a ruling [order, PDF] Tuesday that would have forced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) [official website] to approve or deny five applications for offshore drilling permits by … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a brief [text, PDF] with the Supreme Court [official website] Monday urging the court not to take a case challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] until a federal appeals court … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court [official website] refused to dismiss a lawsuit [case materials, in Malaysian] Tuesday brought on behalf of indigenous peoples of Borneo who claim the Sarawat state government unconstitutionally took their land and sold it to businesses. The suit claims that the acquisitions [Malaysian Insider report], effected … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an EU directive allowing insurance companies to charge men and women different rates in some countries violates the Charter of Fundamental European Rights [text, PDF] and must be struck down. Article 5(2) of Directive 2004/113/EC [text, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] Tuesday asking the court to overturn a December decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion] Tuesday that Congress acted within its constitutional powers in passing the health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive] and that the law does not violate the religious freedom of plaintiffs who challenged … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] began the trial [press release] of former Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive] Tuesday on charges that he released the names of 11 ICTY witnesses in violation of a confidentiality order. ICTY prosecutors say … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Indiana's House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an amendment [HJR 6 text; legislative materials] to the state's constitution that would ban same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] and civil unions and prohibit government recognition of those performed in other states. The proposed amendment, which passed by a margin of 70-26 … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for the Provincial Court of Sucumbios in Ecuador ordered US oil company Chevron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to pay $8.6 billion in damages, finding that Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2001, polluted large areas of the country's rain forest. Chevron vowed to fight the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] UK Supreme Court [official website] President Nicholas Phillips [official profile] warned in a speech [text, PDF; UCL materials] Tuesday that the Supreme Court's reliance on the Ministry of Justice [official website] for funding threatens the court's independence. Phillips explained that unexpectedly low contributions from civil courts coupled with the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A Milan court on Monday ordered Italian authorities to release former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials], finding that the eight years Mabrouk served at Guantanamo and the year he spent in an Italian prison were sufficient punishment. The judge handed Mabrouk a two-year … [read more]

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