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14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Croatian district court judged convicted a retired Croatian general of war crimes Friday for failing to prevent his soldiers from torturing and killing Serbs and destroying their property during the Croatian War of Independence. Retired Gen. Mirko Norac [case information, PDF] knew that his soldiers were torturing and [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan justice officials Friday criticized a decision [text, PDF; official press release] by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] denying a motion to transfer an accused genocide leader to the Rwandan court system for trial. An ICTR panel in Tanzania Wednesday denied prosecutors' request to transfer [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US and Libya have agreed to find a way to speed compensation for families of Americans who were killed by acts of terrorism authorized by the Libyan government, both countries said in a statement [text] issued by the US State Department [official website] Friday. Meeting in London earlier [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ten US state attorneys general have petitioned [brief, PDF] the Supreme Court of California [official website] to postpone implementation of its May 15 decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] legalizing same-sex marriages until after state elections in November. California is slated to allow all same-sex couples, regardless of state citizenship, [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile; JURIST news archive] Friday defended the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in the face of a resolution [text, in Icelandic] by the Icelandic parliament [official website] calling for the prison's closure. At a news conference [DOS transcript] [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The United States District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled Friday that a major provision in the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) [text; DOJ backgrounder] is constitutional. The court's decision [PDF text] in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Gonzales [JURIST [read more]

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