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Legal news from Monday, May 12, 2008
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli police Monday raided the offices of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] as part of an investigation into allegations that Olmert accepted bribes from an American businessman during his tenures as mayor of Jerusalem and as Israeli Minister of Industry Trade and Labor. The businessman, Morris Talansky, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted limited certiorari Monday in Bell v. Kelly (07-1223) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], where it will consider whether the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals erred when, in conflict with decisions of the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, it applied the [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Council of Ministers has amended the General Amnesty Law [text in English] to exclude prisoners who have committed certain types of serious crimes, an Iraqi government official said Sunday. The legislature passed the amnesty law [JURIST report] in February as part of the Maliki government's reconciliation effort. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An internal military probe Monday cleared members of the Australian Defence Force [official website] of allegations that they mistreated four Taliban members detained following the death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan last November. The investigation [JURIST report] also cleared soldiers of any wrongdoing in connection with civilian deaths [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday affirmed [PDF text] a judgment by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on an anti-apartheid claims lawsuit on the rare grounds that it lacked a quorum due to four recusals. Am. Isuzu Motors, Inc., et al. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] signed a bill Monday authorizing a recall election to be held on August 10, in which Morales and Bolivia's nine governors must win both more votes and a larger share of total votes cast in the 2005 election in order to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website], one of the two main parties in Pakistan's coalition government, is leaving the coalition [press release] after prolonged talks in London failed to produce an agreement on the reinstatement of judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf last year, ex-Prime Minister Nawaz [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] An estimated 200-300 detainees held by Afghan authorities at the Afghan-controlled men's prison in Kandahar who went on hunger strike [AP report] last week protesting the slow nature of the Afghanistan judicial system ended their action Monday after a visit by Afghan lawmakers who said their cases would be [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim [JURIST news archive] called Monday for the prosecution of public officials involved in a judicial fixing scandal, one week after government officials ended their investigation into a video [YouTube video; JURIST report] allegedly showing prominent lawyer VK Lingam brokering the appointment of [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Monday in Gonzalez v. United States [LII case backgrounder] that allowing a magistrate judge to oversee jury selection does not deprive a criminal defendant of the right to a jury trial and complies with the Federal Magistrates Act [text]. [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Persons suspected of involvement in the 2005 Andijan uprising [JURIST news archive] that resulted in a massacre of unarmed civilians [JURIST report] are still being mistreated according to a new Human Rights Watch report [PDF text] released Monday. Uzbek President Islam Karimov [official profile; BBC profile] has been criticized [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A court-martial was ordered Sunday for Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali, a dual Iraqi-Canadian citizen working as a translator in Iraq. Accused of having committed aggravated assault in February in connection with the stabbing death of another contractor, he is the first civilian charged [JURIST report] by the military since [read more]

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