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Legal News
23 Feb 2011
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Walker v. Martin [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a state law barring a prisoner from collaterally attacking his conviction is adequate to support a procedural bar to filing a habeas corpus petition. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2011
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted 86 to 12 [roll call vote] to extend three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive] through May 27. The measures were set to expire on February 28. The provisions extended include roving wiretaps, "lone wolf" terrorism … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2011
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday unanimously overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling [JURIST report] in NASA v. Nelson [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] and upheld the background checks that NASA uses for employees of companies working under contract. In 2008 the Court … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A French appeals court on Wednesday sentenced former Basque separatist leader, Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea, to seven years in prison for association with a terrorist organization. Urrutikoetxea is a former member of the Basque regional parliament and led the ETA [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] until 2006. He was convicted … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ordered [judgment, PDF] the destruction of a crop of genetically-engineered (GE) sugar beets because of the potential harmful effect the plants may have on surrounding flora, the first such order to be issued in the US. The suit was filed in September by Earthjustice … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] said Wednesday that the court will not use testimony from three Kenyan witnesses who claim they were bribed to provide false evidence against a high-ranking government official. Ocampo also said that the ICC is looking into additional claims [CP … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a petition with Myanmar's High Court on Tuesday seeking to reinstate her opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website]. Myanmar's military government formally abolished [BBC report] the NLD in May for failing to register … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Wednesday granted a request to review the nation's Digital Economy Act [text and materials], which is aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. The claim [text, PDF] was filed by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The County Court of Zagreb [official website, in Croatian] on Wednesday sentenced six men for the murder of top Croatian journalist, Ivo Pukanic, who was killed in a car bombing in 2008. The court held that the actions committed by the convicted men constituted organized crime, which targeted Pukanic … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] in a meeting Wednesday that the government will not allow the prosecution of low-ranking Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] officers by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. Hun … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A US soldier is currently being held in connection with the fatal shooting on Sunday of a Taliban detainee, who was found dead in a holding cell in Kandahar province, according to US Forces in Afghanistan [JURIST news archives]. The US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) [official website] and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Chairperson of the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] Claudio Grossman [official profile] on Tuesday urged nations to "reconnect with the values" of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [texts and materials] and increase efforts to combat torture [press release]. Grossman … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Stockholm District Court on Wednesday began proceedings in the the country's first war crimes trial of Swedish citizen and former Bosnian prison guard Ahmet Makitan [Trial Watch profile]. Makitan is accused [JURIST report] of violating the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War [text, PDF] by … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Congolese government to arrest [press release] Bosco Ntaganda [case materials], a Congolese general wanted [arrest warrant, in French] by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for war crimes. HRW claims that, since January, Ntaganda has been implicated in … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday barred key US government witness Hussein Abebe from testifying in the trial against former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed an appeal Tuesday in Myanmar's Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website] under a controversial election law [JURIST report]. Suu Kyi is asking the court to annul the part … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday upheld the war crimes conviction [press release] former Croatian Parliament [official website] member Branimir Glavas [JURIST news archive] for ordering the torture and death of Croatian Serbs in the town of Osijek in 1991 during the Serbo-Croatian War [GlobalSecurity … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Bombay High Court [official website] on Tuesday allowed an appeal by Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], the lone gunmen to survive the three-day siege of Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166 in November 2008. Kasab, a Pakistani national, filed the appeal in June after … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in 14 cases. In Smith v. Bayer Corp. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine two issues. First the court will decide whether, under the re-litigation exception of the Anti-Injunction Act [28 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will open an investigation into the alleged mistreatment of accused USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile] at a secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. The investigation is in response to the request [JURIST report] filed Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Officials for Imperial County [official website], California, announced Tuesday that the county has submitted its opening brief [text, PDF] in an appeal against last month's federal court decision [JURIST report] striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. District Judge Vaughn Walker denied Imperial's request to intervene … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Tuesday denied an appeal [judgment text] by the Danish company Lego [corporate website] to restore its EU trademark for its interlocking toy bricks. The court held that the company's red eight-stud brick is not registrable as a community trademark and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] US federal judges reached an agreement Tuesday on a pilot project allowing certain civil trials to be televised [press release]. Federal appellate judge David Sentelle [official profile] said that, while the details still needed to be worked out, the judges agreed that the faces of jurors and witnesses will … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted 246 to 1 [press release, in French] to approve a bill [materials, in French] that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] or other full face veils in public. Under the legislation, women who … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] filed a motion Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] asking the judge to throw out the sole conviction returned by the jury during his corruption trial last month. Blagojevich was found … [read more]

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