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Legal news from Monday, November 10, 2008
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in three cases. In Chambers v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; merit briefs], the Court will consider whether failure to report to prison constitutes a "violent felony" for purposes of sentence enhancement [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Muslim Defender Team (TPM), the group of lawyers representing the three men executed Saturday [JURIST report] for the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder], said Monday that it will file charges against Indonesia's attorney general, alleging that the execution process violated the bombers' human rights. TPM argues [Jakarta Post [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in the capital cases of Kelly v. California (07-11073) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Zamudio v. California (07-11425) [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. Petitioners in the cases were seeking new guidelines for "victim impact" evidence [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court on Monday ordered three members of the cabinet of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [profile] to jail on corruption charges. Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad, and Saifur Rahman, who served as industry, social welfare and finance ministers respectively, allegedly ignored lower bidders when they [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] German officials on Sunday arrested an aide to [KBC report] Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website] in connection with the 1994 assassination of then-president Juvenal Habyarima [NYT report] that touched off the infamous Rwanda genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Rose Kabuye [advocacy profile], an official in the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Advisers to US President-elect Barack Obama [official website] have begun working on a plan to hold criminal trials in US courts for a large number of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, according to a Monday report [text] by the Associated Press. Under the plan, which would also entail [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Judges Association of Serbia (JAS) [official website, in Serbian] has criticized [statement] a set of proposed judicial reforms slated for debate in the country's parliament beginning Tuesday. The Serbian Ministry of Justice and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Serbia [OSCE report, PDF] [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] John Podesta [CAP profile], former White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton and now co-chair of the transition team for US president-elect Barack Obama [transition website] said in an interview [transcript] on Fox News Sunday over the weekend that Obama is making plans to issue executive orders [read more]

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