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Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Minnesota's sex offender program and civil commitment statutes are unconstitutional, but has chosen to await further proceedings on a remedy before taking any immediate action. The civil commitment [LII backgrounder] program allows … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Pakistan Government [official website] on Sunday wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] pleading for assistance in border protection after at least 14 people were shot and killed near Kashmir. Pakistan has accused [Times of India report] India of deliberately violating the established ceasefire by … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled Tuesday that a death sentence can be commuted to a life sentence based upon the government's delay. In ruling, the court nullified the death sentences [BBC report] of 15 prisoners, some of whom were convicted of aiding … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashish Goel, an LL.M. candidate at King's College London, discusses a recent death penalty conviction and how to improve India's current system...The death penalty debate in India largely centers on the same old but rephrased arguments based on deterrence and reformation. People rarely questioned the power of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Monday reiterated his call for global support against the use of death penalty [statement]. The message was delivered by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] in an event organized by the International Commission against Death Penalty [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Afzal Guru [One India profile], a Kashmiri militant who received the death penalty for participating in the 2001 attack on India's parliament [BBC report], was executed on Saturday. Guru was hanged after India's president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee [official website], turned down his plea for clemency. Following Guru's execution, India's … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jimmy Gurulé of the University of Notre Dame Law School says that Congress may have chosen to protect national security interests over the rights of criminal defendants in allowing a lower standard of constitutional protections under FISA...Defendant Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, an Iraqi citizen who was granted refugee … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An Algerian court on Monday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdul Aziz Naji [NYT profile] to three years in prison for his participation in a foreign extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda. The sentence was less than the 10 years in prison and USD $6,330 fine … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Lawyers in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday called a one-day strike [AP report] to demand the revocation of what they consider to be harsh emergency laws within their revolt-ridden region. The laws, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) [text] and the Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) [text], were introduced in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] An anonymous official in India-controlled Kashmir reported Saturday that amendments to the Public Safety Act (PSA) [text] have been approved. Prior to amendment, the law treated youth 16 years and older as adults, allowing them to be arrested [AFP report]. Now, no one under the age of 18 will … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Kashmir's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah [personal website] announced on Tuesday that officials will carry out DNA tests on the thousands of bodies recently uncovered in unmarked graves in the country's northern region. Abdullah called for families of missing persons to provide DNA samples [BBC report] for testing. The announcement … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Jul 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law says that the most recent bombings in India and the furor over the "targeted killing" of Osama Bin Laden raise questions about US-Pakistani relations and places the legality of US aid to Pakistan into doubt...The world has been left … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A federal jury on Thursday convicted Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Chicago resident with Canadian citizenship, on two counts of planning to attack a Copenhagen newspaper, but found him not guilty on charges of helping to plan the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Rana was found … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The German Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [press release] Wednesday that the preventive detention of prisoners beyond the maximum sentences for their crimes is unconstitutional. The court held [judgment, in German] that the laws governing the practice of extending prison terms for prisoners deemed to be … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Hundreds of people are being held without charge or trial in India's northernmost state Kashmir and Jammu, according to a report [text, PDF] released by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday. AI reports that India's Public Safety Act (PSA) [text] is being used to detain people despite the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] on Thursday that it has secured INTERPOL [official website] red notices [official backgrounder] for five Pakistani citizens, including two military officials, for their suspected involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] US citizen and Chicago resident David Headley pleaded guilty [press release] to 12 counts of federal terrorism Thursday, including charges related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and an alleged plot against the Danish creator and publishers of controversial cartoons [JURIST news archive] depicting … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] US citizen David Headley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 charges related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and an alleged conspiracy against the Danish creator and publishers of controversial cartoons [JURIST news archive] depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The government has accused [indictment, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday that four men have been charged in connection with the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and an attempted attack on a Danish newspaper. The superseding indictment [text, PDF] reiterates … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Oct 2009

Pakistani officials announced last week that murder charges had been filed earlier this month against the nation's former president, Pervez Musharraf, who is now on a speaking tour in the US and the UK. Andrew Gilmore, Pitt Law '10, attended one of his lectures in late September...Having extensively covered the … [read more]

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