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4 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Shafqat Hussain, a man convicted of kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old child in 2004, was hanged on Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan. This case has attracted ongoing international attention, as his execution [Daily Times report] was postponed four times for legal challenges and further investigation. Hussain's lawyers and family have … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday granted [statement, video] commuted sentences to 46 drug offenders in what he said was part of an effort by his administration to remedy the unfairness of the criminal justice system. In his statement, Obama noted that the majority of the men … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that the country had certified the citizenship of thousands whose status had been in question for almost a decade. Their citizenship was in question [AP report] based on their Haitan-immigrant-parents illegal entry into the country. As a result, … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Hamas forces of leading a series of abductions, torturous acts and unlawful killings against Palestinians. AI's report [report] documents the human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings often condoned by largely unaccountable Hamas authorities. Director of the Middle East and … [read more]

Legal News
10 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Illinois supreme court [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] the 2013 Illinois Pension Law [98-599 text] that attempted to reduce the state's pension deficit by eliminating automatic cost of living increases and extending the retirement age. The law itself would apply to four of the state's five … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Thai court issued a four-year prison sentence to 15 members of the political group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts [official blog], on Thursday, following a conviction for inciting riots in 2009. The Red Shirts are a political group that supports former … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The law was passed [JURIST report] in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] to ban anyone who … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bangkok Criminal Court [official website] on Wednesday sentenced "Red Shirt" supporter Jatuporn Prompan to two years in prison for defaming former prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Prompan was charged with defamation [AP report] for accusing Abhisit of ordering the killings of protesters … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Israeli officials announced on Saturday that Israel will withhold the transfer of tax revenues to the government of the Palestinian Authority. The withholding of $127 million collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a strategic response [Haaretz report] to Palestine's application to join the International Criminal Court … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A court in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia's eastern province, has ordered that the criminal cases against Loujain Hathloul and Maysaa Alamoudi [Twitter feeds; in Arabic], two women's rights activists, be transferred to a special tribunal for terrorism in Riyadh. The women were arrested in December while attempting to drive into … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours over … [read more]

Legal News
9 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Israeli army's air strikes on four landmark buildings in Gaza from July to August this year were deliberate and indicative of war crimes [report, PDF], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Tuesday. No one was killed in the attacks, but many civilians in neighboring buildings were severely injured. … [read more]

Legal News
24 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved draft legislation that would official define Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. The controversial law, titled "Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People," passed the Cabinet 14 votes to 6, and will now proceed to the Israeli parliament, the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang [official website, in Chinese] in July. Nine others were sentenced [ABC/Reuters report] to life imprisonment, and another … [read more]

Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday dismissed the murder case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban for lack of jurisdiction. Abhisit and Suthep are charged [JURIST report] with premeditated and attempted murder for ordering the Thai military to use live … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Florida judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the state's 2012 congressional redistricting [JURIST backgrounder] plan illegally favors Republicans. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state's 27 districts be redrawn, which will likely affect neighboring districts as well. Lewis found that the 2012 plan violated … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that the case against Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder] may proceed in the ICC and that Libyan authorities must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam to The Hague. Saif al-Islam is being tried on multiple crimes against … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kansas [official website] on Friday held [opinion, PDF] that the state's legislature violated the Kansas constitution when it underfunded K-12 public education during the 2009 through 2012 school years. The court found that 2009 reductions in funding for public education impeded the school districts' ability … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Burrage v. US [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] to relax sentencing guidelines for drug dealers. Marcus Burrage was convicted of distribution of heroin causing death under 21 USC § 841 [text], and he appealed by challenging the causation instruction the courts … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Thailand's government on Thursday rejected calls to postpone the upcoming February elections despite violent protests that have left a police officer dead and nearly 100 people injured. The Election Commission of Thailand [official website, in Thai] made the request [PDF, in Thai] over fears for the safety of candidates … [read more]

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