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15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Wednesday called on [press release] the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] to do more to protect human rights workers in the country, and to prosecute those who harm them. The Special Rapporteur on the situation of [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio corrections officials executed convicted murderer Daniel Wilson on Wednesday morning, marking the state's first use of a new lethal injection method termed "set-to-die." The procedure was announced in May, and requires officials to shake and call out to the prisoner [Plain Dealer report] after a sedative has been [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian federal correctional investigator Howard Sapers [official profile] said Tuesday that the country's prison system is at full capacity [transcript, DOC] and is unable to handle many new prisoners without expanding. Sapers was testifying [Toronto Star report] before the House of Commons Committee on Public Safety and National Security [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee has been pronounced dead by military officials who believe that he committed suicide, according to Wednesday reports. Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih, also known as al Hanashi, was accused [BBC report] of fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The military maintained that [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Madagascar on Wednesday convicted former president Marc Ravalomanana [BBC report] of misusing state funds by purchasing a $60 million presidential jet. Justice Minister in the High Authority of the Transition (HAT) [official websites, in French] transitional government Christine Razanamahasoa announced the decision [Reuters report], saying that [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted US district court judge Samuel Kent [official profile] on Tuesday submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama effective June 2010, after pleading guilty [JURIST report] to obstruction of justice [18 USC § 1512(c)(2) text] charges in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of his secretary and [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a ban on handguns in two Illinois municipalities. The panel of judges affirmed the district court ruling [opinion, PDF] that the incorporation of the Second Amendment [JURIST news archive] into the Bill of [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has rejected Georgia's system of voter citizenship verification by way of a Social Security and driver's license database. In a letter [text, PDF] released Monday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King told Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker [official profile] that the [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan [official profile] on Tuesday announced [press release] the introduction of legislation [C-35 text; materials] to the House of Commons that would allow victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators in Canadian courts. The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act [Public Safety backgrounder] would [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Social Court of Western Germany [official website, in German] ruled Tuesday that Jewish-German Holocaust [JURIST news archive] survivors as a class are eligible to collect old-age pension benefits. Specifically, the court found [DW report] that although the work performed by three particular Jewish pension claimants in connection [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups on Tuesday called for the Spanish government to continue prosecuting those who violate international law under the principle of universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder], sending a manifesto [text, PDF, in Spanish] to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero [official profile, in Spanish]. The call from more [read more]

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