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Legal News
12 May 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Iraqi Council of Ministers has amended the General Amnesty Law [text in English] to exclude prisoners who have committed certain types of serious crimes, an Iraqi government official said Sunday. The legislature passed the amnesty law [JURIST report] in February as part of the Maliki government's reconciliation effort. … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] signed a bill Monday authorizing a recall election to be held on August 10, in which Morales and Bolivia's nine governors must win both more votes and a larger share of total votes cast in the 2005 election in order to … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] An estimated 200-300 detainees held by Afghan authorities at the Afghan-controlled men's prison in Kandahar who went on hunger strike [AP report] last week protesting the slow nature of the Afghanistan judicial system ended their action Monday after a visit by Afghan lawmakers who said their cases would be … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim [JURIST news archive] called Monday for the prosecution of public officials involved in a judicial fixing scandal, one week after government officials ended their investigation into a video [YouTube video; JURIST report] allegedly showing prominent lawyer VK Lingam brokering the appointment of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] White House lawyers argued on Monday before a federal appeals court that White House visitor logs maintained by the Secret Service are executive branch documents and thus not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] requests. The appeals court judges hearing the case seemed skeptical of the administration's … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Australia has acquired exploration and drilling rights to an additional 2.5 million square kilometers of ocean shelf after a UN commission ruled that Australia's continental shelf extends farther than previously defined, the Australian government said Monday. The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] An Indonesian judge handed down 15-year sentences to two leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive], after convicting them on terrorism charges. The judge also ruled that JI is a terrorist organization, the first time an Indonesian court has recognized JI … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Two videotapes showing CIA officers interrogating al Qaeda suspects are likely not related to a federal case filed by a Guantanamo Bay detainee and thus not covered by a court order entered in that case directing the CIA to preserve evidence relating to the case, the CIA argued in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The movement in Malaysia to reform the judiciary took another step forward Thursday as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told a Bar Council assembly that the government will implement a Judicial Appointments Commission that will identify and nominate candidates for the bench, hopefully bringing transparency to the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website; BBC profile] should reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and should not sign execution orders for 100 prisoners, approved by the Supreme Court this week, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to the HRW press release [text]:Supreme Court officials … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Serbia is not doing enough to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Thursday. Brammertz said he was especially concerned with Serbia's inability to find and capture four fugitives wanted in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] At least 1200 people were executed worldwide in 2007, and 88 percent of those executions took place in five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Tuesday by human rights group Amnesty International. Saudi Arabia had the most … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] told the lead prosecutor in the case that they will not seek a presidential pardon after they exhaust the appeals process, the prosecutor said on Monday. Lawyers for the three militants … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A four-member Iraqi judiciary panel dismissed the last remaining charge against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein [AP materials; JURIST news archive] on Sunday and recommended the US release him from custody immediately. The US said this weekend that it will continue to hold Hussein [JURIST report] despite an earlier … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Twenty-one families who said that they intended to sue the state of Virginia for negligence in connection with the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech [JURIST news archive] have agreed to a tentative settlement worth $11 million, lawyers representing the families said Thursday. Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Representatives from the 47 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] Thursday criticized the human rights record of the United Kingdom [UNHRC materials; recorded video], including the government's treatment of terror suspects and prisoners, as the body continued its new Universal Periodic Review [official website; … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] may attempt to amend the country's constitution if necessary to block a legal challenge [JURIST report] brought by Turkish prosecutors seeking to disband the party, Turkish Prime Minister and AKP leader Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued five former San Diego city officials in federal court Monday, alleging they committed securities fraud by failing to disclose funding shortfalls in the city's pension and health care plans to potential buyers and sellers of San Diego's municipal bonds. The SEC … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Monday reversed and vacated [PDF opinion] a jury award of $2.5 million in punitive damages awarded to a Mississippi couple who lost their home in Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] and later sued State Farm Insurance for … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A court in the Philippines on Tuesday sentenced nine military officers to prison for their participation in a failed 2003 coup [BBC report] against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; BBC profile]. No shots were fired during the 2003 incident, in which 31 officers commandeered a Manila hotel, … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Britain's most senior judge concluded that UK courts are "seriously overstretched" in his first Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts [PDF text], published Monday. Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [BBC profile] expressed some frustration with the difficult position he said judges were being … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The US Justice Department filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of a Ninth Circuit ruling affirming a district court opinion [JURIST reports] rejecting the Bush administration's attempt to exempt the US Navy from environmental laws [JURIST report] so that … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch], who released a controversial 15-minute film titled "Fitna" through his website last week, agreed on Monday to edit out a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] after its creator threatened to sue [JURIST report] Wilders for copyright infringement. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. [official profile] unveiled a plan [factsheet, PDF] to overhaul the nation's financial regulatory system and merge key federal administrative agencies in remarks at a press conference [transcript] in Washington Monday. The executive summary [text] of the Treasury's Blueprint for a Modernized Financial … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The draft constitution [JURIST news archive] of Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], slated to be put before the country's citizens in a May referendum, contains a provision reserving 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military, and another provision that will effectively prevent pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu … [read more]

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