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Legal news from Tuesday, October 23, 2012
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Monday vacated [order, PDF] a stay of execution for convicted mass murderer John Errol Ferguson. The stay was issued [JURIST report] last week by US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website], but the [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday boycotted his pretrial hearing at the facility. Al-Nashiri is accused of bombing the USS Cole [US Navy backgrounder] while it was in port in Yemen in October 2000. Al-Nashiri objected to the use of [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] independent human rights experts on Monday urged Colombian authorities to reconsider proposed constitutional reforms affecting the military criminal law. Eleven experts, comprising the Special Procedures [official website] mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council [official website] of the UN, wrote an open letter [text] to [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian Prosecutor-General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations of forgery during the recent presidential elections. The order came after former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq alleged [WP report] that ballots were forged and votes were bought by current president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website; press release] on Monday urged all parties in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to resolve their differences peacefully. The call came amid a recent attack [Aljazeera report] on the country's army base outside of the capital Bissau in which at least [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Dane County Circuit Court [official website] on Monday denied [opinion and order, PDF] Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen's [official profile] request to delay invalidating certain provisions of a controversial law [text] limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The Budget Repair Bill forces most state [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iran hanged ten men on Monday despite requests from the United Nations (UN) [official website] and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website; press release] to stay the executions. According to the Iranian judiciary [Reuters report] those who were killed were members of two drug smuggling gangs. One of the men, [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Bahrain appeals court upheld verdicts against two teachers on Sunday for organizing a teachers' strike early last year to support anti-government protests [JURIST news archive]. At their first hearing in front of a military tribunal, the pair were convicted of using their positions as vice-president and president of [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Royal Courts of Justice [official website] on Tuesday are scheduled to hear the lawsuit of a Pakistani citizen who sued the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office [official website] in order to discover the extent and lawfulness of UK government aid to US unmanned drone [JURIST news archive] [read more]

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