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Legal news from Thursday, February 17, 2011
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative to Kosovo Lamberto Zannier on Wednesday requested [press release] that the UN Security Council [official website] open an independent investigation into alleged incidents of organ trafficking [JURIST news archive], inhuman treatment and other crimes by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] during the 1998-1999 Kosovo [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] ruled Tuesday that former Somali prime minister and defense minister Mohamed Ali Samantar is not entitled to legal immunity from civil lawsuits. Samantar, who has lived in the greater Washington, DC, area for more [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [text] asserting new evidence that the the Supreme Military Council of Egypt has been torturing protester-detainees. Through various detainee accounts, AI stated that individuals were tortured "to intimidate protesters and to obtain information about plans for the protests." In [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] announced Wednesday that it will decide a critical procedural issue [release, PDF] to determine whether a pending federal appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, can continue. In January, the US Court of [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hawaii's Senate [official website] voted 18-5 [bill history] on Wednesday to give final approval to a bill [SB232, text] that will allow civil unions [JURIST news archive] for same-sex couples. Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) [official profile] must now sign the bill into law within 10 days, and the law [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday ordered the suspension [decision, PDF] of the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] for six weeks beginning after witness testimonies already scheduled for March. The [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Nashville judge ended a four-month moratorium on executions Wednesday, declaring Tennessee's modified method of lethal injection [JURIST news archive] constitutional. In November, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman [official profile] ruled that the state's method of lethal injection violated [The Tennessean report] the Eighth Amendment [text] after lawyers for [read more]

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