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Legal news from Tuesday, January 25, 2011
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment for his role in the 1998 bombings [PBS backgrounder] of US embassies [read more]

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[JURIST] A Peruvian appeals court announced on Monday it has rejected the government's petition to overturn a lower court's decision to grant parole to Lori Berenson [advocacy website], a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization. According to Berenson and her lawyer, the ruling was [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN defended the human rights record of Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official websites] Monday after criticism from Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW released [JURIST report] an annual report [text, PDF] Monday, which claimed that EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond [press release] [read more]

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[JURIST] The Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill [text, PDF] that would prevent Wyoming from recognizing same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] and civil unions performed out-of-state. House Bill 74, Validity of Marriage, was passed by a 32-27 House vote and will now be turned over to the [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Secretary-General's special adviser on maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] Jack Lang [official profile] warned Security Council members on Monday that more needs to be done to bring Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] to justice, proposing an international piracy court. In his report, set to undergo debate [AFP [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] ruled Tuesday that the court-martial of former army chief and parliament minister Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was legal and bars him from serving in government. Fonseka had appealed [DPA report] to Sri Lanka's highest court, arguing that the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] French authorities on Tuesday transferred [ICC press release] Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Callixte Mbarushimana [case materials] to The Hague where he will stand trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on charges that the FDLR committed war crimes and crimes [read more]

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[JURIST] US President Barack Obama announced [press release] Monday that he will nominate veteran Supreme Court lawyer and former clerk for Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Donald Verrilli [Oyez profile] for the position of solicitor general [DOJ backgrounder]. Verrilli, who currently serves as deputy counsel to the president, has argued [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Monday to three federal charges in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website]. Loughner is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of [read more]

07:01 EDT

Iran executed by hanging on Monday two protesters involved in the anti-government demonstrations that erupted after the 2009 presidential elections [JURIST news archive]. The hangings are reported as the first executions involving activists that were arrested and detained after the disputed elections. The two men, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammadali Hajaghaie, [read more]

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