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Legal News
9 May 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Two Chinese human rights lawyers who have represented Falun Gong [group website; BBC backgrounder] defendants were permanently disbarred [Tang decision, Liu decision, in Chinese] Friday after being accused of disrupting courtrooms. In a Beijing Municipal Judicial Bureau [official website, in Chinese] hearing last month, Liu Wei and Tang Jitian … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Nine Somali men accused of piracy and other charges pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday. US federal prosecutors charged 11 suspected Somali pirates [JURIST report] last month. One of the 11 pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, and the final accused pirate will be arraigned next week. If convicted, … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] An Argentinian state prosecutor recommended Friday that all lawsuits arising out of crimes committed under the Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] regime be dismissed because they are being dealt with in Spain. Prosecutor Federico Delgado explained [AFP report] that while any state may prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity universal … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday called for new financial regulations [text], outlining the major components of his proposal. Answering critics who claim that the reforms will increase bailouts, Obama compared the concept behind the proposed financial reforms to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)[official website], a … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] said Wednesday that he will take into account a potential nominee's position on individual liberty, including women's rights, when nominating a Supreme Court justice. Speaking at a meeting with Senate leaders, Obama acknowledged that abortion [JURIST news archive] has been "a hugely contentious … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The Arizona House approved [press release] a bill [SB 1070 materials] Tuesday that would establish one of the strictest illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policies in the nation. The bill would criminalize being in the US without proper documentation and would give law enforcement officers increased ability [NYT report] … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] on Monday released Church procedures [text] for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, instructing, "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed." The "Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations" summarizes the procedures governing … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Several visual artist organizations filed a class action suit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday against Google [corporate website] alleging copyright infringement resulting from the company's book scanning project [Google Books website]. The plaintiffs include the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry [official website] signed three anti-abortion bills into law Monday. The first bill [SB 1890 text, RTF] prohibits abortions performed because of the gender of the fetus. The second bill [SB 1891 text, RTF] creates the Freedom of Conscience Act and protects medical employees who refuse … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights [press release]. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, "called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human rights law and the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday granted the request [decision, PDF] of chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] to investigate the deadly violence perpetrated after the 2007 Kenyan presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Earlier this month, Ocampo submitted the names [JURIST report] of 20 senior political … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] human rights office on Thursday called on the government to repeal [UN News Centre report] the controversial National Stability and Reconciliation Law [RFE/RL backgrounder], which provides amnesty for war crimes and human rights violations committed before December 2001. A … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Bangladesh officials on Thursday announced the establishment of a special war crimes tribunal that will hear cases against individuals accused of war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. According to Law Minister Shafique Ahmed [official profile], the tribunal will include [AP report] three high court judges … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The New York Times (NYT) [media website] on Wednesday agreed to pay a total of $114,000 in damages to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew [official profiles], for an article that may have implied that the current prime minister attained … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday seeking information related to the US government's use of unmanned Predator drones. The suit, filed in the US district court for the District of Columbia, seeks to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] request … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] on Monday criticized the government's treatment of detained opposition leader General Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile]. Sarath Nanda Silva, who retired from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court last year, accused [AFP report] the government of using … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court [official website] indicted [Reuters report] the former Serb commander of a special police brigade Saturday for his alleged role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archives]. The BiH prosecutor [official website] accuses Nedjo Ikonic of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The California Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) [official website] filed a consumer protection suit [complaint, PDF] against car manufacturer Toyota [corporate website] on Friday, alleging that the company knowingly sold vehicles with acceleration defects. The suit seeks up to $2,500 in penalties for each violation of California's Unfair Business … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday criticized [text, in Russian] Russia's justice system as an "assembly line" that inevitably finds the government's political enemies to be guilty. In an article published in the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta [media website, in Russian], Khodorkovsky warned … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Myanmar's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the latest appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] against the extension of her house arrest. The court heard Suu Kyi's latest appeal [JURIST report] to the 18-month extension last month. Suu Kyi appealed to the supreme … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] A Turkish court charged an additional 11 military officers Friday morning as the investigation into the military's so-called "Sledgehammer plot" to overthrow the government continues, bringing the total charged so far to 31. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at a Justice Development Party (AKP) [party website, in … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] Twelve high-ranking Turkish military officers were formally charged on Wednesday for their role in an alleged plot to overthrow Turkey's government. Among those charged [Hurriyet report] were four admirals, two retired colonels, and a retired brigadier general. More than 50 officers were arrested [Reuters report] on Monday, including former … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the state of Louisiana must issue a revised birth certificate for the adopted child of a same-sex couple showing both fathers' names. In 2006, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith adopted their child … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] A Finnish government commission established to investigate a 2008 school shooting proposed a ban on semiautomatic handguns [press release, in Finnish] in a report [text, PDF; in Finnish] released Wednesday. If approved by the Finnish Parliament [official website, in Finnish], the ban would affect more than 200,000 semiautomatic handguns … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that claims of unlawful treatment and wrongful death brought on behalf of two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees are barred by the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [text, … [read more]

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