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16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals for England and Wales [official website] held Thursday that a court can require a judge-only criminal trial [judgment, PDF] for four men suspected of tampering with juries convened to consider robbery charges against them. The ruling is the first application of a [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] An international commission should be set up [press release] to investigate human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the 25-year civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archives], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Earlier this [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation [S 1100 materials] that would block the release of controversial photos [JURIST news archive] allegedly depicting abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation, which is included in a war spending bill, would exempt the disclosure of [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe is still experiencing serious human rights violations [press release] and needs to confront issues that led to such problems, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday. Calling the violations "persistent and serious," AI called for Zimbabwean leaders to reform police, army, and security forces and address the lack [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Political activists and politicians in Iran have been arrested following protests of the country's controversial presidential election [BBC backgrounder], human rights groups said Wednesday. According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) [advocacy website], former foreign minister and current leader of the Freedom Movement of Iran [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued opinions in four cases Thursday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in District Attorney's Office v. Osborne [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a defendant does not have the right to obtain post-conviction access to the state’s biological evidence [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Spain will consider accepting four Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees at the request of the US government, foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile, in Spanish] said Wednesday. Before Spain responds to the request, Moratinos said that the government will consider the charges [ABC report, in Spanish] against [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Rhode Island General Assembly [official website] approved a medical marijuana bill [H 5359 text, PDF] Tuesday, overriding a veto from Governor Donald Carcieri [official website]. The legislation seeks to establish three state-licensed dispensaries to provide marijuana for patients who qualify. Patients will be issued a registry identification card [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday rejected challenges [opinion, PDF] to a securities fraud class action suit brought by former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [defense website; JURIST news archive], affirming a $445 million settlement against the HealthSouth corporation. Scrushy, who [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed [statement] a memorandum [text, PDF] that would provide certain benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. In a fact sheet [text] released earlier in the day, the White House disclosed that the Director of the Office of Personnel Management [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday that passing hate crimes legislation is one of his top priorities [prepared statement] for the future, during the first Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] oversight hearing [materials; video] of the Obama administration. In [read more]

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