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Legal News
5 Jun 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The Third Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal [official website] Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a plan to ease prison overcrowding by transferring prisoners to out-of-state facilities does not violate the state constitution [text]. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association and Service Employees International Union [trade union … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The Greek Minister of Justice Tuesday quickly condemned as legally "non-existent" the first same-sex marriages performed in the country by the mayor of a small Greek island. Sotiris Hatzigakis [official profile] said in a statement that Tilos Mayor Anastassios Alferis had overstepped his authority. The ceremonies united two gay … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Australian advocacy group International Criminal Court Action (ICCACTION) [official website] sent a brief [text] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Friday requesting charges be laid against former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for war crimes in connection with his deployment of Australian troops to support the 2003 … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Several Russian gay rights activists were arrested by police in Moscow Sunday for holding events commemorating the 1993 law that put an end to government prosecution for homosexual activity in Russia. For the third consecutive year, Moscow Pride [advocacy website] held events around the city to elude officials attempting … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Twenty-eight anti-government activists were indicted in Zimbabwe on Monday on public disorder charges related to a strike [JURIST report] organized by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] last week to protest the nondisclosure of the results in the March 29 presidential election [JURIST report]. All the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] Monday ruled [PDF text] that Internet service providers may not turn over users' personal information to police or other agencies unless they obtain a valid grand jury subpoena when the information sought relates to an indictable offense. The court held that the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] has condemned as "illegal" a process of recounting votes in 23 constituencies that began Saturday after a judge dismissed an opposition appeal [JURIST report]. The MDC won 109 seats in the country's 210-seat assembly in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Retired Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers [official profile] was 'hoodwinked' into believing aggressive interrogation techniques used on Guantanamo detainees were taken from the army's field manual, University College London law professor Philippe Sands [official profile] claims in his new book, Torture Team [book … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday sentenced Samuel Israel, III, co-founder of collapsed hedge fund Bayou Group [JURIST report], to 20 years in prison. US District Judge Colleen McMahon also ordered Israel to make $300 million in restitution and forfeit interests in a $100 million account. In 2005, both Israel … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Serbia plans to officially request that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] resume a probe into allegations that separatist Kosovo Liberation Army leaders were involved in trafficking organs taken from Serb prisoners during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder], Serbian government officials said … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Nine Tibetan monks have been arrested by Chinese authorities in connection with the March bombing of a government building as part of recent protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder]. China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that the Buddhist monks have confessed to the bombing. Also Saturday, Chinese … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] China's chief justice has instructed judges to impose harsh sentences, including the death penalty, for violent crimes, China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. Touring the Guangdong province last week, president of the Supreme People's Court [official website] Wang Shengjun [official profile], said that crimes posing a serious threat to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense said Monday that charges have been referred [press release] against Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Kamin, who is accused of providing material support to terrorism [sworn charges, PDF; JURIST report]. If convicted, Kamin faces a maximum life sentence. Kamin is accused … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Women face legalized discrimination in nearly every country in the world despite pledges by 185 members to eliminate laws favoring men by 2005, according to a UN-commissioned report [PDF text] released Sunday. Prepared by University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) [university website] law professor Fareda … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website] spokesman Farhatullah Babar dismissed suggestions Saturday that the party was wavering on its commitment to restore judges fired by President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive]. Influential Pakistan newspaper The News [media website] reported Saturday that "the issue of restoration of the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal [official website] has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death suit brought by Herbert Freeman, Jr. against the state of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans and public officials. Freeman's 91-year-old wheelchair-bound mother, Ethel Mayo Freeman, died September 1, 2005 at the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] A US Department of Justice spokesman said Monday that the department would continue to press its bribery case against Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official profile; JURIST news archive] despite the US Supreme Court's refusal to review an appeals court ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that held the FBI's conduct … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Three Norwegian men indicted [JURIST report] in September for shooting at an Oslo synagogue and planning attacks against US and Israeli embassies went on trial in Oslo Monday under strengthened anti-terrorism laws. This is the first time that suspects will be tried under the country's new terror laws, which … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Zimbabweans voted Saturday in local, senate, assembly and presidential elections amid opposition allegations that the government was rigging the results. President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was challenged by ruling party defector Simba Makoni [official website] and opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [official website] leader … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [official profile] told parliament Saturday that he will 'work for the reinstatement' of superior court judges purged by President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive] last fall. The commitment was made in Gilani's first major policy speech on terrorism since taking office. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The Tagansky District Court in Moscow on Monday sentenced seven members of the banned National Bolshevik Party [party website, in Russian] to prison for "armed hooliganism." The sentences ranged from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years. The charges stem from an April 2006 protest outside the Tagansky District Court, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The Tibetan government-in-exile [official website] said Monday that 130 people have been confirmed dead after skirmishes between pro-Tibet protesters [BBC backgrounder] and Chinese authorities, 31 more than an earlier estimate of 99. China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported the official death toll at 22 on Saturday. China [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday ordered [PDF text] that former Qwest Communications [corporate website] CEO Joseph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] should be retried before a new federal judge. Nacchio had appealed his April 2007 insider trading conviction [JURIST report] for selling $52 million … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Monday upheld [PDF text] a lower court decision blocking a Minnesota law [text; JURIST news archive] imposing fines on minors who purchase adult-rated video games. A US district judge had blocked [JURIST report] the law that would impose a … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2008
by David Frueh

[JURIST] The US Senate Monday unanimously confirmed Illinois US District Judge Mark Filip [official profile] as US deputy attorney general as part of an apparent compromise between the White House and Senate Democrats on a series of stalled nominations. Filip replaces Paul McNulty who, along with several other top Justice … [read more]

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