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Legal news from Friday, November 14, 2008
22:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in five cases Friday. In Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the Court will consider whether a decision by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Brent Benjamin [official profile] not [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former South African President Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday asked to be joined as amicus curiae to an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] challenging the dismissal of all fraud and corruption charges against Jacob Zuma [BBC news profile; JURIST news archive], [read more]

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[JURIST] Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez [official website; BBC profile] on Friday vetoed [text, PDF, in Spanish] legislation that would have partially decriminalized abortion [JURIST news archive] in the country. The bill was passed [JURIST report] by Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday, after the House of Representatives [official [read more]

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[JURIST] The Kenyan government Friday said in response to a report [press release] by the UN Committee on Torture [official website] focusing on post-election violence that occurred in the country in late 2007 and early 2008 that it was taking initiatives to eliminate torture and other inhumane treatment. CAT highlighted [read more]

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[JURIST] An Italian court on Thursday acquitted [RAI recorded video, in Italian] 16 police officers and convicted 13 officers on charges of violence in raiding a school that protesters of the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa [official website; BBC backgrounder] were using as headquarters. In addition, the court awarded damages [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Switzerland's Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) [official website] condemned Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem [B'Tselem backgrounder] as a violation of international humanitarian law in a statement [press release] Thursday and called on Israel to stop the demolitions. According to the FDFA, Israel is under a [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of Scotland's High Court of Justiciary [official website] Friday denied bail [decision text] to convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC backgrounder]. The plane was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988, killing all 259 [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan criminal court on Thursday convicted [MAP report] Moroccan citizen Said Boujandia of crimes associated with terrorist acts. The Sale Criminal Court sentenced Boujandia to 10 years in a Moroccan prison. Boujandia admitted his association with with a terrorist organization who sought to aid the Taliban, but has [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The parliament of Algeria [CIA backgrounder] approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday that removed the law limiting the country's president to two terms in office. In a joint vote, both houses of the Algerian parliament, the Council of Nation [official website, in Arabic] and the National People's Assembly, overwhelmingly approved [read more]

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[JURIST] The Center for Public Policy Priorities [advocacy website] said Thursday that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] does not do enough to protect the rights and welfare of minors who have entered the country illegally. In a new report [text, PDF; press release, PDF] the group [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers providing legal services to at least 100 Chinese children sickened by tainted milk products [BBC report] have decided to continue with a class action lawsuit against government-owned dairy farm Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co., the focus of recalls following the scandal, according to Thursday media reports. Lawyers providing free [read more]

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[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official site, in Russian] classified northern Africa group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) [CFR backgrounder] as a terrorist organization in a ruling [press release, in Russian] Thursday, prohibiting the organization from conducting activities in Russia. The court ruled after the Russian Prosecutor General [read more]

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