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Legal News
30 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Swiss voters on Sunday approved a proposal [press release] to ban the construction of minarets. The results of the nationwide referendum revealed that more than 57 percent of Swiss voters support the constitutional ban against the construction of the Islamic towers. In response to the vote, the Swiss Federal … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment text] the right of Wal-Mart Inc. [corporate website, JURIST news archive], the world's largest retailer, to close its operations in Jonquiere, Quebec, shortly after a union attempted to organize employees in 2005. In a 6-3 decision, the court … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) [HR 4411 materials] was delayed Friday until June 1, 2010, according to a joint statement [text, PDF] from the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve [official websites]. The UIGEA, which bans banks and financial institutions from intentionally accepting payments … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] China announced on Tuesday that two people had been executed for their roles in last year's melamine tainted milk scandal [JURIST news archive], in which almost 300,000 children were sickened and at least six were killed. The two men, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, were found responsible for selling … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Afghan attorney general's office announced on Monday that two Afghan cabinet ministers are being questioned on corruption charges. The ministers are suspected of embezzlement [Reuters report] and are among 15 government officials currently under investigation. The announcement came a week after President Hamid Karzai [official profile, JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court has sentenced former vice president and reformer Mohammad Ali Abtahi [archived blog profile] to six years in jail for his role in the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential elections [JURIST news archive], according to Iranian news agencies Saturday. Abtahi, who had been … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] on Friday invoked his authority to bar public disclosure of about 40 photos depicting the abuse of Afghan and Iraqi detainees by US soldiers. The move was followed by a notification and request by the Obama administration asking the US Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] President of the Honduran National Congress [official website, in Spanish] Jose Alfredo Saavedra said Monday that lawmakers will most likely not make a decision about whether to restore ousted president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] before the country's presidential elections take place later this month. Saavedra said … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Rival political parties in Sudan [JURIST news archive] have accused each other of fraud, torture, intimidation, and sabotage as voters began registering Sunday for the first democratic multi-party elections in almost a quarter of a century, slated for April of next year. The dominant National Congress Party (NCP) [party … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Judges of the Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday voluntarily made public disclosures of their financial assets [list]. The assets of 21 of the current judges have been posted on the official court website in an effort to increase judicial transparency. This voluntary listing of assets comes … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Judge Eloy Velasco of the Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday indicted seven people for their alleged involvement in helping the suspected perpetrators of the 2004 Madrid train bombings [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] flee Spain after the attacks. Six of the seven have been charged … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Obama administration, top lawmakers, and news organizations reached an agreement [press release] Friday on legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. The compromise version of the Free Flow of Information Act [HR 985 materials] would extend protections to journalists by … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official website] said Monday that all Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees should be brought before US federal courts for trial [recorded video] by the January 22 deadline for closure set by US President Barack Obama [official profile]. Scheinin … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Former Uruguay military dictator and army chief Gregorio Alvarez was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for his role in 37 homicides during the country's 1973-1985 military rule [LOC backgrounder]. Alvarez, who served as commander in chief and later as de facto … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The constitutional branch of the Supreme Court of Nicaragua [official website, in Spanish] on Monday struck down a constitutional provision that bans presidential candidates from running for two consecutive terms. Under Article 147 of the Nicaraguan Constitution [text, in Spanish], a president can serve a maximum of two terms … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Delaware [diocesan website] on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection [press release], one day before eight clergy sexual abuse trials were set to begin. The filing will delay the trials, which were scheduled to take place in the Kent County Superior Court. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Friday asked [notice of request, PDF] the UN Security Council to pass a resolution exempting him from trial based on an alleged immunity agreement reached with former US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke in 1996. Last … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] One of the two Afghans on the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) [official website] resigned on Monday, citing "foreign interference." The panel is tasked with investigating the allegations of fraud surrounding the disputed August presidential elections [JURIST news archive]. Maulavi Mustafa Barakzai's resignation has raised doubt about the commission's … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] California Supreme Court [official website] Chief Justice Ronald George [official profile] on Saturday criticized [transcript] California's voter initiative process, which gives Californians the right to initiate or make new laws via the ballot box. In a speech to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences [professional association website], George … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang province on Monday sentenced to death [Xinhua report] six men convicted of murder and other crimes such as arson and robbery for their roles in July's violent demonstrations [JURIST news archive] that left about 200 people dead and many more … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of gay rights activists participated in the National Equality March in Washington, DC on Sunday to demand equal rights, one day after US President Barack Obama pledged his support [transcript, video] to the gay and lesbian community. At a Human Rights Campaign [advocacy website] event on … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] told federal prosecutors in a letter released Monday that the US government will not seek the death penalty for a former Guantanamo detainee now facing a civilian trial. Tanzanian national Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is accused of involvement in … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Ted Strickland [official website] on Monday issued a temporary reprieve [press release] of two scheduled executions in order to give officials an opportunity to review the lethal injection procedures employed by the state. The reprieve comes after an unsuccessful lethal injection attempt last month resulted in corrections … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday called for constitutional reform in Kenya before the next electoral cycle begins in 18 months. In addition to pressing for constitutional reform, Annan also said there was need for police and judicial reform. Annan's statements came during … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Monday to multiple counts of illegal wiretapping and bribery. Fujimori was charged with ordering former Peruvian intelligence director Vladimiro Montesino [BBC profile] to use government funds to secretly wiretap politicians, journalists, and other prominent Peruvians and to … [read more]

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