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Legal news from Thursday, October 21, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Thursday that Russia violated the rights of gay activists by banning gay rights parades in Moscow. Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev argued before the court that the ban violated Articles 11, 13 and 14 [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman [official profile] announced [statement, PDF] Wednesday a new court rule that requires lawyers to file a separate affirmation [form, PDF] confirming the accuracy of paperwork used in residential foreclosure cases. The new rule is effective immediately and has been added to the New [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will hear the appeal filed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] asking for her release from house arrest on October 29. Suu Kyi's lawyers will present their arguments [Reuters report] before the Special Appellate Bench, a [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two Sudanese men suspected [pre-trial materials] of committing war crimes related to the ongoing violence in the Darfur [JURIST news archive] region of Sudan agreed earlier this week not to contest the charges [briefing text, PDF] during an upcoming International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] confirmation hearing, marking the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Environmental advocacy groups Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network and Save the Manatee Club [advocacy websites] filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against oil British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] for the ongoing harm to endangered and threatened wildlife caused by the company's Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder, [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] affirmed most convictions of two accused war criminals Thursday but slightly reduced their respective sentences. Emmanuel Rukundo [JURIST news archive], a priest convicted of genocide, had his sentence reduced from 25 to 23 years of imprisonment [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] parliament to review a constitutional amendment that gives the legislature the right to appoint judges. The court expressed concern [BBC report] over the ability of the judiciary to remain independent and out of politics if the legislature [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] issued a temporary stay [order, PDF] on Wednesday preventing the suspension of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] policy. The one-page order granted the government's emergency motion [text, PDF] [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] on Wednesday announced a settlement [press release] in a class action discrimination lawsuit filed against the USDA in 1999 by Native American farmers. Under the agreement, the USDA will distribute $680 million to all eligible [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) [official website] invalidated 1.3 million votes Wednesday due to findings of fraud during last month's parliamentary election [IEC backgrounder]. The ballots, constituting nearly one-fourth of the 5.6 million votes cast nationwide [AP report], were thrown out due to findings by the IEC that the [read more]

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