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Legal News
4 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] upheld a preliminary injunction [text, PDF] on Tuesday, continuing to block Arizona's strict new abortion law from taking effect until the lawsuit challenging it is resolved. Federal judge William Fletcher, writing for the court, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says the theory that self-executing treaties are the only type of international law that is binding on states is based on an incorrect, revisionist account of US legal history...Devising theory, marshaling it and sending it off to do … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia School of Law says that enlarging DNA databanks with samples taken from all individuals arrested for felonies may increase the risk of wrongful convictions, while diverting attention away from more fruitful routes for improving the criminal justice system...In a decision … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] on Friday sentenced Shareef Abdelhaleem, a member of the Toronto 18 [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive] terrorist group, to life in prison without parole. Justice Fletcher Dawson said that Abdelhaleem still posed a substantial risk to the public [Toronto Star … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] Friday sentenced [press release] Steven Vikash Chand, a man previously convicted [JURIST report] in connection with the failed Toronto 18 [CBC timeline; JURIST news archive] terrorist plot, to 10 years in prison. Justice Fletcher Dawson handed down [National … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2010
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court on Monday sentenced [press release] Fahim Ahmad [JURIST news archive], the leader of the Toronto 18 [CBC timeline, JURIST news archive], to 16 years in prison for his role in the terrorist organization. During the trial, the court heard evidence that Ahmad arranged training camps, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Jul 2008

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "There is no question that treaties that have been signed and ratifed by the U.S. government are the "law of the land" and can be binding on states with the same force as federal law. The U.S. is bound by the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Pitcairn Supreme Court [Wikipedia backgrounder] found two more men guilty Tuesday of rape and related offences against children as young as seven. The latest conviction of Shawn Christian and Brian Young follow the six other men convicted in October 2004 of committing sexual abuse [JURIST report] against women … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council [official website] sitting in London Monday upheld [ruling, RTF] the sex abuse convictions [JURIST report] of six men for committing rapes and sexual assaults against women and underage girls on the British possession of Pitcairn Island [official website] over a period of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A judge in Kentucky [JURIST news archive] Thursday dismissed with prejudice charges against Gov. Ernie Fletcher [official website] in the wake of a settlement agreement, meaning that prosecutors are barred from continuing the criminal case against Fletcher in connection with alleged corrupt hiring practices. Fletcher pleaded not guilty [JURIST] … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A judge in Kentucky [JURIST news archive] ruled Friday that executive immunity protects Gov. Ernie Fletcher [official website] from prosecution for alleged corrupt hiring practices while he is in office. Fletcher pleaded not guilty [JURIST] in June to charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher [official website] of Kentucky pleaded not guilty Friday to charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination stemming from an investigation into the governor's hiring practices [timeline]. Fletcher's attorney entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Fletcher while he … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher [website] of Kentucky has been charged [indictment, PDF] with criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination as part of an ongoing investigation into the governor's hiring practices [timeline]. In a press release responding to the indictment from Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo [website], the governor's … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] The six men convicted in October 2004 of committing sexual abuse [JURIST report] against women and underage girls on the British possession of Pitcairn Island [government website] over a period of 30 years have lost their latest appeals. Appearing before a specially-constituted Pitcairn Court of Appeal [Wikipedia backgrounder] in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A top UN expert has accused coalition forces in Iraq of purposefully denying food and water to civilians as a means of driving out insurgent strongholds. Jean Ziegler [official profile], UN special rapporteur on food rights, told reporters Friday that US and British soldiers have turned away aid convoys … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Oregon Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond heard oral arguments Monday in the latest case to challenge the constitutionality of Measure 36 [text], a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] approved by Oregon voters on November 2, 2004. Representing Basic Rights Oregon [advocacy website; case factsheet, PDF], Portland lawyer … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2005
by Rachel Felton

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, a Baltimore Circuit Court Judge today heard arguments concerning the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage prohibition. The plaintiffs allege that a 1973 state law which states that only a marriage between a man and woman is valid violates their constitutional rights, and an American … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2005
by Rachel Felton

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's states brief, North Carolina lawmakers have selected Democrat June Atkinson as the State Superintendent of Public Schools [official website], resolving the country's last undecided statewide election from 2004. After Atkinson beat Bill Fletcher in the 2004 election, the state Supreme Court ruled [text] that at least 11,000 … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2005
by Rachel Felton

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Supreme Court of New Jersey [official website] ordered its criminal practice committee to assess whether financial records should be given more protection as a matter of public policy. In upholding the conviction of a woman whose bank records were subpoenaed and shown to a … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2004
by Bernard Hibbitts

A sex trial of seven men slated to start Monday on Britain's remote Pacific colony of Pitcairn Island (official government website) is said by islanders and observers to have the potential to destroy a settlement first established over 200 years ago by mutineers from the ill-fated ship HMS Bounty, captained … [read more]

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