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Legal news from Monday, February 7, 2011
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Monday began selecting the jury in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella for his role in a juvenile sentencing scandal [JURIST news archive]. Ciavarella, a former judge in [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK's top civil servant reported [text, PDF] Monday that the previous administration "[did] all it could" to facilitate a Libyan appeal to allow for the release of convicted Lockerbie [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from a Scottish prison, but that the [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN rights experts called Monday for all global communities to participate in the effort to end [press release] female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The statement, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Genital Mutilation and Cutting, encourages abandonment of the practice that has long-term [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A total of 98.83 percent [SSRC materials] of nearly 3.8 million southern Sudanese voters voted in favor of secession in last month's Southern Sudan's Independence Referendum, according to the final polling results released Monday by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission [official website]. After the official results were announced in [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Amsterdam District Court began the new trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] Monday after replacing the previous panel of judges. The replacement panel will now hear the case [BBC report] against Wilders, which stems from charges that he made inflammatory statements against [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK think tank Policy Exchange [think tank website] called Monday for the UK to withdraw [text, PDF] from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in favor of a domestic high court. Senior UK judge, Lord Leonard Hoffman, wrote the foreword, saying the "Strasbourg court has taken [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy website] on Monday urged the signatory states of the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) [text] to pursue criminal charges [press release] against former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive]. The call came [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] met on Monday to define key terms related to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. In particular, the STL is seeking to define the term "terrorism" [AP report] in [read more]

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