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Legal News
21 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] complaining of multiple violations of international law stemming from his five-year incarceration at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2007. Hicks, an Australian national, is … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court [official website] to uphold a controversial law that makes it illegal to falsely claim to be a decorated military veteran. The Stolen Valor Act [text, PDF], enacted in 2005, makes it a … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Sunday adjourned the trial of former interior minister Habib el-Adly. Judge Ahmed Rifaat ordered four recesses in the first three hours of the morning's proceedings in response to conduct by defense counsel that he believed was disruptive and disorganized. Defense counsel was never able … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A federal appeals court on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the conviction of ex-Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executive James Brown stemming from his role in the Enron fraud scandal [JUIRST news archive]. Brown was indicted on five counts in 2003 stemming from a 1999 transaction in which Merrill took a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] on Friday struck down a set of administrative rules advanced by the Obama administration last year that placed stricter limits on environmental impact requirements of oil and gas drilling operations. Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A coalition of more than 30 rights groups and development organizations in Cambodia issued an open letter [text, PDF] Thursday urging the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] to embrace a greater degree of transparency. In the letter, the groups outline "grave concerns" that the … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A Palestinian human rights group released a report this week criticizing Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas [CFR backgrounders] security forces for violations of civil rights in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In its newest annual report, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) [advocacy website] accuses the … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A panel in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday denied [judgment, PDF] a motion for pretrial release by former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] official Ieng Sary [ECCC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Ieng, 85, served as deputy foreign minister under the Khmer Rouge … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Wednesday that high-value Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive] will be subject to capital charges and tried in a military court [press release]. According to the Pentagon, the chief prosecutor for the DOD's Office … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] International maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2011, says a report [press release] released Thursday by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) [official website]. The ICC's piracy reporting center, which has monitored reports of maritime piracy 24 … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Ohio Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 72 text, PDF] that would limit the availability of abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks. The act, which was approved 24-8 by the Republican-dominated assembly, requires doctors to determine the viability of the fetus and seek a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the Library of Congress (LOC) [official website] filed on behalf of former Guantanamo prosecutor and LOC employee Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] can proceed. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Civil Court of Thailand on Friday ordered the core leaders of the People's Alliance of Democracy (PAD) [party website; BBC backgrounder], or "yellow shirts," to pay 522 million baht (USD $17 million) in damages to the Airports of Thailand (AOT) [official website] in connection with a massive 2008 … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] told the press during a visit to Cairo Thursday that he is 100 percent certain his office will bring charges against Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Ocampo said that his office is coordinating with a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Republicans in the Wisconsin state legislature broke several state laws when they passed last month's controversial budget bill, charges Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D) [official website] in a complaint [PDF] filed Tuesday in a Wisconsin circuit court [official website]. Ozanne alleges the February 25 special session that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] announced Thursday that he will investigate allegations of crimes against humanity [BBC video] by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his inner circle. According to Moreno-Ocampo, "the office of the prosecutor decided to open an … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A group of law professors asked Congress Wednesday to extend the Code of Conduct for United States Judges [text, PDF] to apply to the Supreme Court [official website]. In a letter [text, PDF] to the House and Senate Judiciary Comittees [official websites], more than 100 law professors representing 67 … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] ruled Tuesday that former Somali prime minister and defense minister Mohamed Ali Samantar is not entitled to legal immunity from civil lawsuits. Samantar, who has lived in the greater Washington, DC, area for more … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] announced Wednesday that it will decide a critical procedural issue [release, PDF] to determine whether a pending federal appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, can continue. In January, the US Court of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced Wednesday that a senior Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] official has reduced the sentence of Ibrahim al Qosi [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], the former al Qaeda cook and accountant who pleaded guilty [JURIST report] before a military tribunal last July to crimes of … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2011
by Daniel Richey

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Wednesday on a new challenge to the Voting Rights Act of Act of 1965 (VRA) [materials]. Arguing before Judge John Bates, officials representing Shelby County, Alabama, together with a corps of conservative activists, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday that he will file a petition for certiorari before judgment with the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive], asking the court to hear an appeal in the case of Commonwealth v. Sebelius [materials], the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile] has signed into law a bill permitting the government to ban media outlets that its information ministry declares contrary to public interest. The new law, which amends the 2009 penal code amendment bill, has already drawn heavy criticism from regional media watchdogs, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], can proceed in state court. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST news report] … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A key defendant in the Galleon Group insider trading case pleaded guilty [press release] Wednesday to three counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud before judge Richard Holwell of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Danielle Chiesi was accused of communicating non-public … [read more]

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