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Legal news from Friday, April 6, 2007
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled Friday that it lacks authority to interfere [opinion text, PDF] with an Iraqi court conviction and pending death sentence for US citizen Mohammad Munaf [JURIST news archive], and could not grant [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Legal Counsel Nicolas Michel [official profile] will meet with Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri [Wikipedia profile] about the latter's efforts at stalling the establishment of an international tribunal to probe the 2005 assassination [JURIST news archive] of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [official website], UN Secretary General Ban [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Friday ordered Russia to compensate a Chechen woman [opinion text; press release] for the disappearance and alleged killing of her husband in 2000. Applicant Asmart Magomedovna Baysayeva's husband disappeared on his way to work, a trip that took him through [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] New Mexico [JURIST news archive] Gov. Bill Richardson (D) [official website] has signed into law a groundbreaking bill [PDF text] designed to promote drug overdose reporting by granting limited immunity from drug possession charges for those drug users, family members and acquaintances who make the 911 call. The measure [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of Japanese experts will begin reviewing the Japanese constitution [text] later this month to determine whether Japan needs to revise Article 9 [text; Wikipedia backgrounder], which has been interpreted to bar Japan [JURIST news archive] from maintaining military forces and from using force in international conflicts except [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodian judges on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] fired back at their international counterparts on Friday with a statement accusing the international judges of deliberately delaying the trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders by threatening to postpone [JURIST report] the April 30 meeting [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina Senate [official website] passed a joint resolution [text] Thursday apologizing for the state government's role in the practice of slavery, detailing various legal steps in the 17th through the 20th centuries which had suppressed the freedom of black people in the state and expressing "its profound [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan President Paul Kagame [BBC profile] has pardoned former President Pasteur Bizimungu [BBC profile], freeing him Friday from a 15-year prison sentence [JURIST report] handed down in 2004 for inciting violence, embezzlement, organizing a militia, and associating with criminals. Bizimungu's release comes nearly a year after Bizimungu sent Kagame [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] China's State Council [official backgrounder] on Friday banned the sale of human organs used for transplants effective May 1. The new regulation prohibits individuals and organizations from trading organs, such as hearts, lungs, and kidneys, following allegations of involuntary donations and international criticism [JURIST report] that human organs taken [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canada, Sweden and Eritrea are pressuring Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] to reveal details regarding the foreign nationals it has allegedly detained in secret prisons in collaboration with the FBI and CIA [JURIST report]. The existence of prisons in which US government agencies have interrogated individuals suspected of having ties [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Supreme Court [official website] has upheld the sentence of Anton Lekaj [indictment text], the first ethnic Albanian to be convicted by a Serb court of war crimes in the Kosovo region. A member of the Kosovo Liberation Army [BBC backgrounder], Lekaj's trial began before a special war [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] released [press release] two reports Friday detailing alleged rapes and disappearances carried out by militia soldiers in the Darfur region of Sudan [JURIST news archives] at the end of 2006. According to the first report released by Arbour, at [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website], chair of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] in a letter [text] Thursday to provide more details and respond to outstanding questions concerning his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday filed a stay order [case summary] in California's 3rd District Court of Appeal [official backgrounder] to block a ruling unfavorable to his plan to transfer excess prisoners to out-of-state facilities [JURIST news archive]. California had filed its own appeal [read more]

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