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Legal news from Friday, May 18, 2007
17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Head of the Ukrainian presidential secretariat Viktor Baloha said Friday that the Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website; JURIST news archive] has lost its authority with Thursday's appointment of Valeri Pshenischny as chief justice after former Chief Justice Ivan Dombrovsky abruptly resigned [JURIST report] Thursday. The 18-judge court made [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted terrorist and California resident Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive] was denied a new trial Thursday, when a federal judge rejected his claims [opinion, PDF] that the jury foreman engaged in misconduct and made prejudicial statements. Judge Garland E. Burell Jr. [official profile] of the US Eastern District of [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) has the right to decide which issues it will negotiate [opinion, PDF] with labor unions, according to a Friday decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website]. The court held that Congress granted to the DOD [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] and other European Union (EU) leaders criticized Russia's human rights record [JURIST news archive] in a series of exchanges at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] Friday, marking the end of a summit between the EU and Russia. Merkel, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's parliament [official website] removed term limits on the rule of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, BBC profile] Friday, effectively allowing him to remain president for life. The measure only applies to Nazarbayev, and subsequent presidents would have to abide by the law limiting them to two terms in [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The White House reiterated President Bush's "full confidence" in embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] at Friday morning's press gaggle [transcript]. White House spokesman Tony Fratto said that the administration considers next week's proposed Senate vote of no-confidence in Gonzales [JURIST report] a political stunt, and that [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Ted Strickland [official website] said Thursday that he believes the state's 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage [JURIST report] could prevent the state from outlawing sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in the private sector. Strickland created protections in the public sector by signing Executive Order 2007 [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A study released Friday by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) [advocacy website] has found a "substantial growth in the scale, scope and sophistication" of Internet censorship [JURIST news archive] worldwide. The study, focusing on state-mandated censorship, found evidence of content filtering in 25 of 41 countries tested. The study found [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] have sentenced two Tolo Television [network website] journalists for "violating mass media law" and disobeying orders of the attorney general, according to state-controlled Afghanistan National Television (ANTV) Wednesday. In April, Afghan Attorney General Abdul Jabbar Sabet ordered a raid on the television network [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 220-208 [roll call] Thursday to pass an amendment [PDF text, via CR] to the FY'08 Defense Authorization Bill [PDF text; HR 1585 summary] to require the Office of the Secretary of Defense to develop a report within 60 days after the bill is [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian union leaders Thursday called for a two-day national strike to protest the May 29 inauguration of president-elect Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile], who they say was elected fraudulently. The strike, which will involve both blue-collar and white-collar unions, is expected to begin with rallies on May 28 to protest [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A court in India [JURIST news archive] sentenced five people to three years in prison and a fine of $610 each Friday for their role in the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder] that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 in India's financial center. The five defendants [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The United States, France, and the United Kingdom circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution Thursday, which if approved will unilaterally establish a tribunal under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [texts] to investigate and try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, a former staff judge advocate stationed at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], was convicted Thursday of one count of communicating secret information that could be used to injure the United States and three counts of leaking information to unauthorized persons. Prosecutors had [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive], the German citizen allegedly kidnapped by the CIA in 2003, is suspected of arson at a wholesale market in Germany and has been ordered by a judge to be admitted to a psychiatric institution, according to the German police Thursday. Manfred Gnjidic, El-Masri's lawyer, [read more]

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