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Legal news from Wednesday, September 9, 2009
13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] is scheduled to begin October 19, according to a press release [text] from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Wednesday. Presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon said the trial of the former Bosnian [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] reheard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [oral argument transcript, PDF; Cornell LII backgrounder] to determine whether two precedent cases that uphold restraints on corporate election spending should be overturned. The two cases, [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court decision [opinion, PDF] upholding the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA) [text, PDF], which requires members of Congress to disclose more information about their fund-raising [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] has been transferred to the UK to serve his 20-year prison sentence [press release], the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced Tuesday. Krajisnik was originally sentenced to 27 years in 2006, but his [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Buenos Aires Appeals Court in Argentina overturned the dismissal of murder charges against former president Fernando de la Rua [BBC profile] on Tuesday. The charges were dismissed in April by Judge Claudio Bonadio after he said that the prosecution had not established sufficient evidence [Buenos Aires Herald report] [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The German Bundestag [official website, in German] unanimously passed a law [draft bill, PDF, in German] Tuesday overturning the conviction of Nazi-regime "war traitors." Among those whose names have been cleared are resistance fighters, people who aided Jews, and even people who were convicted for speaking in critical terms [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) [official website] on Tuesday ordered [press release, PDF] Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) [official website] to conduct a partial recount of votes from polling stations with high irregularities. According to ECC investigations:The overwhelming majority in which the ECC found clear and convincing evidence [read more]

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