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Legal news from Friday, July 31, 2009
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Friday declared [judgment, PDF] that former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive] violated the Constitution of Pakistan [text] when he declared emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] in November 2007. The court found that Musharraf's removal [JURIST report] of many members [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled [judgment text] Friday that a man accused of hacking US government computers in 2001 and 2002 may be extradited to the US for prosecution. This is the latest in a series of failed appeals by systems analyst Gary McKinnon [BBC profile; advocacy website], [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Thursday night that Boston University graduate student Joel Tenenbaum [defense website] is liable for illegally downloading music. Four record companies, including Sony BMG and Warner Brothers [corporate websites], brought suit against Tenenbaum in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website], accusing [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Myanmar court hearing the trial of opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday delayed the verdict until at least August 11. The court was scheduled to deliver the verdict Friday, after hearing closing arguments from the prosecution Monday and from the [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega [official profile, in Spanish] on Thursday proposed legislation [press release, in Spanish] to limit the media's freedom of expression in certain circumstances, citing the importance of national security. Under the proposed law, journalists could face up to four years in prison for "threatening the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice [official profile] on Thursday signed [press release] the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [official website; JURIST news archive]. The move came after US President Barack Obama announced [JURIST report] last week during a celebration commemorating the 19th anniversary [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, in German; press release, in German] Thursday that the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) [official website, in German] may not withhold information from parliament without good cause. The case began in 2006 [DW report] when the BND refused to [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Law Lords [official website], during their final session Thursday, ordered [judgment text] the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) [official website] to clarify the UK's laws on assisted suicide. The case was brought by Debbie Purdy, a 46-year-old who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Purdy wants her husband to [read more]

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