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Legal News
5 Jan 2009
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Pakistani officials Saturday announced the re-capture of high-level Taliban operative Ustad Mohammed Yasir in the northern city of Peshawar near the Afghan border. Yasir served as senior aide and spokesman to Taliban leader Mullah Omar [BBC profile]. He was first arrested in 2005 by Pakistani officials and handed over … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2009
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] South Korea's minority Democratic Party [official website, in Korean] filed a criminal suit Sunday after Assembly Speaker Kim Hyong-o [official website] on Saturday ordered security guards to end a sit-in by the minority party, which led to dozens of injuries. Democratic Party officials allege abuse of power [AP report] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website] Saturday voted down a status of forces draft law which would have permitted 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, El Salvador, and Estonia to remain in the country after the current UN mandate [UN press release] authorizing the multi-national force in Iraq … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Iraqi judge Dhia Al Kinani Friday announced an investigation into the alleged beating of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi. Al-Zaidi was allegedly beaten after throwing his shoes at US President George W. Bush [official website] on December 14 during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] California Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. [official website] on Friday urged the Supreme Court of California [official website] to declare Proposition 8 [text, materials] unconstitutional [press release]. In a brief [text, PDF] submitted to the court, Brown argued that Proposition 8, the ballot measure that amended the state constitution … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) [official website] said Friday it will discontinue its controversial policy of suing suspected file-sharers [JURIST news archive] and will instead seek cooperation with major Internet service providers (ISPs) to cut access to repeat file-sharers of copyrighted songs. The RIAA said it has … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Thursday ruled on six Chechnya disappearance cases [press release], ordering Russia to pay a total of €320,000 to the relatives of the victims. In each case, the applicants, all Russian nationals, alleged their relatives disappeared between 2001-2003 after being taken … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a complaint with the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [official website] in October to prevent his trial for crimes against humanity in Senegal from moving forward, according to an AFP report. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday re-issued a 22-year prison sentence for so-called "millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam [PBS profile]. Judge John Coughenour of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] first sentenced Ressam to 22 years [JURIST report] in 2005 for plotting to blow up … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have killed Palestinian terror suspects in defiance of a 2006 Israeli Supreme Court [official website] ruling [JURIST report; MJIL analysis] on targeted killings, according to Haaretz Wednesday. The 2006 ruling set up guidelines for targeted killings [BBC backgrounder] which include a direction … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] US Army prosecutors said Wednesday they would be filing new charges against Mohammad al-Qahtani [JURIST news archive], a Saudi Arabian citizen being held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Al-Qahtani is known as the "20th hijacker" for his alleged role in the 9/11 attacks … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Eight Somalis were charged in a Kenyan court [Kenya judiciary website] for piracy on Wednesday after being turned over to Kenyan officials by the British Royal Navy [official website]. The suspected pirates were captured by the HMS Cumberland [official website] while attempting to use a hijacked Yemeni fishing boat … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the European Union (EU) [official website] to adopt a series of specific human rights benchmarks Russia should meet before moving forward with the EU-Russian Partnership and Cooperation Agreement [text and materials]. HRW said Russia must focus on carrying … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Germany's lower house of parliament [official website] voted Wednesday to approve a new law [materials, in German] which would expand the power of Germany's federal police agency, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) [official website, in German], to undertake online and telephone surveillance. Under the proposed law, a judge would be required … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that it had filed an Alabama Open Records Act [text and materials] request to obtain documents related to the Hankins Middle School [official website] policy of educating students in a single-sex environment. In a letter [text, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Uruguayan Senate [official website, in Spanish] passed a bill [press release, in Spanish] Tuesday that partially decriminalizes abortion [JURIST news archive], but it is unlikely the bill has the support needed to override a veto promised by Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez [BBC profile]. According to the draft law, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST]Peruvian Prime Minister Yehude Simon [official website, in Spanish] has declared a state of emergency [press release, in Spanish] for Tacna province [official website, in Spanish] in southern Peru where violence broke out last week after the government passed a law reducing the province's share of revenue from mining operations … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Law enforcement officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Wednesday arrested [press release] Momir Pelemis and Slavko Peric on suspicion that they committed genocide by engaging in the capture and execution of 1700 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] during July 1995. The Special Department for War … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Michigan became the thirteenth US state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use Tuesday after voters passed Proposition 1 [PDF text] by 63 percent to 37 percent [official results]. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act urged by the Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care [advocacy website] will go into effect 10 days … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) [official website] Thursday announced that Russian oil companies Rosneft and LUKoil [corporate websites] broke competition laws in the Russian market by fixing monopoly-like prices this summer. The FAS found Rosneft and LUKoil fixed high prices for gasoline, diesel fuel, air fuel, and fuel oil. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] In a landmark intellectual property decision Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-3 that a business concept for hedging risk in the field of commodities trading was too vague for patent protection. The case on an application by Bernard Bilski, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman [official website] announced Wednesday he is calling a special session of the state legislature on November 14 to amend Nebraska's so-called 'safe haven' law [LB 157 text, PDF]. The law, which went into effect in July, was intended to protect infants and prohibits prosecution of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] A Burundi military court Thursday sentenced Colonel Vital Bangirinama [Human Rights Watch backgrounder] to death for his role in the 2006 killings of 31 civilians in Muyinga province. Human rights groups, which had previously criticized the Burundi government [CIA backgrounder] for not actively prosecuting its own military officers for … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serb special police officer Vaso Todorovic [BiH backgrounder] to six years in prison for committing crimes against humanity in the Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Todorovic was previously charged with genocide before accepting a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST]New York Supreme Court Judge Jacquelyn Silbermann [official website] Wednesday rejected a petition brought by two members of New York City Council [official website] trying to prevent a council vote on a resolution to extend New York mayoral and city council term limits [materials] from eight to 12 years. Council … [read more]

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