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Legal news from Wednesday, October 6, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in the highly controversial case of Snyder v. Phelps [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on protests at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday barred key US government witness Hussein Abebe from testifying in the trial against former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed an appeal Tuesday in Myanmar's Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website] under a controversial election law [JURIST report]. Suu Kyi is asking the court to annul the part [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Ethiopian government on Wednesday released former judge and political opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa [Reuters profile] from an Addis Ababa prison where she had been serving a life sentence. The Ethiopian Justice Ministry said that Mideksa, leader of Unity for Democracy and Justice [party website], asked the government for [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Commander of the rebel Mai Mai Cheka [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] Lieutenant Colonel Sadoke Kokunda Mayele was arrested [UN News Centre Report] Tuesday by UN peacekeepers and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] government forces for allegedly leading rebel groups in mass rapes in the DRC. The [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The human rights situation in East Timor has continued to improve over the last year, despite the need for further reform, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday by the UN Integrated Mission In Timor-Leste (UNMIT) [official website]. The report, Facing the Future, chronicles the human [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian military officer Captain Robert Semrau was sentenced Tuesday by a Canadian military judge for the killing of an unarmed Afghan insurgent, avoiding a possible five-year prison sentence. At his sentencing, the judge decided against prison time, but demoted Semrau [Montreal Gazette report] and ordered him to be discharged [read more]

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