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Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Kenya Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty [press release] to charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Ruto is on trial for three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly fomenting violence following the 2007 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A leading Sudan opposition figure jailed in 2004 for an alleged coup attempt was released from prison on Sunday. Yousef Mohammed Saleh Lebis is a member of Sudan's Popular Congress Party (PCP), which is led by Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile]. Lebis' release is a result of the promise made … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] on Thursday that the refusal by the government of Cambodia to pay staff at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], is an attempt to undermine efforts to bring former Khmer Rouge … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Former Argentinian president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] appeared in court on Monday for allegedly falsifying his 2000 tax returns. Prosecutors argue that Menem hid bank accounts [BBC report] worth millions of dollars, as well as various aircraft, properties and cars from the tax authorities. Despite having been … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday sentenced 11 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment for assaulting army troops last month during riots that took place in the Suez Canal. Forty-five other individuals were sentenced to five years [AP report] in prison … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico [official website] on Tuesday ordered district court clerks to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Bernalillo County, the largest county in New Mexico, in accordance with a Monday ruling [order, PDF] that held that the refusal … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The head of the German prosecutors' office that specializes in investigating Nazi crimes reported on Monday that its investigation into 50 individuals suspected of serving as guards at Auschwitz [JURIST news archive] is almost complete. The individuals are being investigated under a new legal theory, which argues that a … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A court in Cairo ordered the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday, in a long-pending corruption case. Mubarak, now 85, still faces charges of complicity [BBC report] for the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] US Military Judge Denise Lind on Wednesday sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] to 35 years in prison for his disclosure of classified information to the anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks [website]. Manning was found guilty [JURIST report] last month of violating the Espionage Act [18 USC … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] on Sunday signed a gun safety bill [HB 1189 text] that will require background checks [press release] for all gun purchases in the state as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns. The new law expands the state's previous background … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [official website] has been violating federal law by failing to accept or deny the pending Department of Energy (DOE) [official website] application for a waste … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] regarding the agency's failure to report Allen Stanford [JURIST news archive] and his Ponzi scheme. Judge Robert Scola stated that the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Monday signed [press release] a voter ID bill [HB 589; materials] into law that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The law will effectively roll back the early voting period [CBS report] and repeal one-stop registration … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Uganda Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed a new law that imposes restrictions on public meetings and gatherings in the country. The law requires that meetings of a political nature held between three or more people be authorized by the police and allows police to use force [AP … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Prosecutors from the US Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday unsealed a criminal complaint [text, PDF] that was filed last month against two men for illegally lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The complaint … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Hanoi [official website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] a new Vietnam Internet decree that would effectively restrict online discussion of current affairs in the country. The decree requires all foreign websites to have at least one server in Vietnam, which would give greater content control … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday reduced the prison sentences of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] by two months. As a result of the ruling, Khodorkovsky should now be … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called for [press release] Cuba to release five prisoners whom the group has called "prisoners of conscience." AI reported that the five prisoners are indicative of the continuing repression of speech that exists in the country. Cuba denies holding political prisoners [AP … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday rejected a potential gender discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart [corporate website]. This lawsuit, which aimed to represent 150,000 female Wal-Mart employees, was an attempt to file a smaller representative version [AP … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Civil liberties and gay-rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lambda Legal [advocacy websites] on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit [press release] on behalf of two same-sex Virginia couples. One of the couples is seeking to enter into a same-sex marriage, while the other couple is … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A Bangladesh high court ruled on Thursday that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was illegally registered as a political party and therefore cannot bring forward candidates for the country's January 2014 election. The court stated, however, that JI may be re-registered if it amends its charter … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] mid-year report [text, PDF] released on Wednesday indicated a 23 percent rise in the number of Afghani civilian casualties over the first six months of 2013 as compared to the same period last year. The report noted that many civilian … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called on [press release] California to end conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement and order an impartial investigation into the recent death of a prisoner. Billy Sell, 32, was found hanged in his cell [Reuters report] last Monday at the Corcoran State … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Monday signed a restrictive abortion bill into law. The new law requires abortion clinics to meet requirements similar to those for outpatient surgical centers. It also requires doctors to be present during abortions, bans the procedure based on gender and bars … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] court on Tuesday sentenced the editor of a liberal website to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. Raif Badawi was found guilty [Reuters report] by a Saudi court of "founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal … [read more]

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