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Legal News
4 May 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Thousands of activists protested in Japan on Sunday in opposition to efforts to amend the country's pacifist constitution [text; JURIST news archive]. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, drafted during the American occupation of Japan after World War II, states:Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [official website; text] entered into force Saturday, one month after Ecuador became the 20th country to ratify the treaty [JURIST report]. The landmark UN disability rights treaty [JURIST news archive] protects the 650 million persons living with disabilities … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The number of surveillance and search warrants approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] increased again in 2007 to a record 2,370 warrants, according to a report [PDF text] released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice. The 2007 figure was up nine percent from 2006, … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Justice Department will share internal legal opinions authorizing the use of harsh interrogation tactics with members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John P. Elwood told a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Elwood's comments came during a subcommittee hearing … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US District Judge Beverly Martin on Wednesday rejected a challenge to Georgia's lethal injection protocol, ruling that the state's execution procedures were similar to Kentucky's method, determined by the Supreme Court to be constitutional [JURIST report]. Convicted murderer Jack Alderman had argued that the Georgia's lethal injection protocol is … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred Wednesday set down terms under which Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] can question suspected al Qaeda leaders currently in US custody at Guantanamo as part of his defense effort. Hamdan's defense team had asked for "two-way" … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A New York appeals court has upheld [opinion text] a jury's finding that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent [JURIST report] in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center [BBC backgrounder] by Islamic radicals that killed six and injured 1,000. The jury found … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and seven co-defendants began at the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] in Baghdad on Tuesday. Aziz, deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein's regime, and his co-defendants are charged in connection with the 1992 execution … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] on Tuesday made public an arrest warrant [PDF text, in French] for Bosco Ntaganda, who is accused of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [ICC materials]. The arrest warrant was issued in August 2006, but an ICC pre-trial chamber … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday let stand Indiana's controversial voter identification statute [Indiana SOS backgrounder, PDF], which requires voters to present photo identification as a prerequisite to voting. The decision comes in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board [LII case backgrounder; JURIST report], … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Saturday called on the government of Sudan to arrest and surrender two war crimes suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. In a statement [text] noting that arrest warrants [JURIST report] for the two suspects - former Sudanese … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Ugandan police arrested three journalists Saturday as part of an investigation into suspected sedition, according to the journalists' lawyer. The journalists worked on two articles published in the Independent magazine [media website] that were critical of the Ugandan military. Formal charges have not yet been filed, but the journalists' … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Opposition members of the Mexican Congress have ended their protest against a proposed energy reform bill backed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official websites, in Spanish], after the ruling party agreed to allow further debate on the bill. Members of Mexico's Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the State Secrets Protection Act [S 2533 materials; CRS summary], sending the legislation to the Senate floor for consideration. The legislation, approved by a 11-8 vote on Thursday, would place restrictions on when the executive can assert the so-called state secrets privilege … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. 1st Class Trey A. Corrales [advocacy website] was acquitted by a military jury on Friday of charges connected to the 2007 killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the city of Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Corrales was cleared of all charges [JURIST report] against him, including premeditated … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A federal judge has ruled [PDF text] that a school district in Louisiana must stop allowing the distribution of Bibles in schools, saying that the distribution is "a religious activity without a secular purpose" in violation of the First Amendment. The Tangipahoa Parish School System [official website] allowed The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Wednesday ruled that a lower court made several errors of law in its 2006 decision [text] giving Aborigines native title [NNTT backgrounder] to land in the Australian city of Perth, and said that the case must be reheard. The Australian government … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors filed felony charges [indictment, PDF; press release] Tuesday against Capt. John Joseph Cota, the California maritime pilot accused in the November 2007 spill of approximately 58,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil in the San Francisco Bay. Cota, who was piloting the M/V Cosco Busan when it collided … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," has been released from the hospital and returned to a US detention facility in Baghdad, US military officials said Tuesday. Al-Majid was hospitalized [JURIST report] earlier this week after launching a hunger … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down its decision Wednesday in Virginia v. Moore [Duke Law case backgrounder], where the Court ruled that Virginia police did not violate Moore's Fourth Amendment right when they arrested him based on probable cause and performed a search incident … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Former US Justice Department official Robert Coughlin II pleaded guilty [press release] Tuesday to one count of criminal conflict of interest in connection to his relationship with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. Coughlin, charged [JURIST report] on Monday, served as the deputy chief of staff of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Convicted former top Chinese Communist Party official Chen Liangyu [People's Daily profile] has decided not to appeal his corruption conviction [JURIST report], Chinese media reported Tuesday. Chen was found guilty earlier this month of accepting bribes and abuse of power, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. His … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday dismissed claims of fraud [ruling, PDF] against State Farm Insurance by a Mississippi couple who claimed that the company denied their insurance claim for damage from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] based on bad faith and fraud. US District Judge L.T. Senter, Jr. rejected … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Pakistan's coalition government has not yet reached a specific agreement on restoring judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf last year after he declared emergency rule [PDF text; JURIST report], former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) wrapped up a fresh round of discussions with … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Wednesday that lethal injection [JURIST news archive] does not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling came in Baze v. Rees [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where lawyers for Kentucky death row inmate … [read more]

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