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Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Saudi court on Sunday upheld blogger Raif Badawi's sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam through electronic channels." The blogger ran The Liberal Saudi Network for 4 years before being arrested by Saudi authorities. Badawi was originally charged [BBC report] with insulting Islam … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Idaho State Legislature [official website] on Friday voted to kill legislation that would have brought the state into compliance with federal guidelines on the collection of child support. Legislators were concerned [AP report] that the bill would force Idaho to enforce child support rulings made in foreign tribunals, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Mar 2015
by Steven D. Schwinn of John Marshall Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Schwinn, of The John Marshall Law School, discusses the growing problem in states to ban the use of foreign and international law...There is a growing trend in the states to ban the use of foreign and international law, including Sharia law, in state courts. At least … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURST] A Pakistani army spokesperson said Thursday that 12 local Taliban militants have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a deadly school attack [JURIST report] last year. The militants were part of what is believed to be a 27-member cell, of which nine others have been killed. Pakistan credited … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

A Belgian court on Wednesday declared a radical Islamist group a terrorist organization, sentencing its leader to 12 years in prison. The group, known as Sharia4Belgium [AP report], has allegedly been recruiting young individuals to join their terrorist organization and fight in Syria. The court determined them to be a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Mississippi Legislature [official website] voted 116-1 to pass House Bill 177 [text] on Monday, which would ban use of foreign law. It also voted 78-37 for House Bill 490 [text], which would ban Mississippi governments from adopting sustainable development principles as in Agenda 21 [text, PDF], a non-binding … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution [text] provides a secular federal government. The ruling [Malay Mail report] is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Pakistan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that will enable military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases, the latest in a series of anti-terrorism government efforts in the wake of the school massacre [JURIST report] by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) last month in Peshawar. The Pakistan National Assembly [official website] passed … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [official profile] on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision [BBC report] was rendered in response to a deadly attack [JURIST report] by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Pakistan's Federal Shariat Court [official website] has ordered that Pakistan's government amend or re-file its complaint against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] for treason to include the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, law minister Zahid Hamid and judge Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-defendants. In 2007 during Musharraf's … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Malaysia's Court of Appeal [official website] in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman [Human Rights Watch (HRW) report], and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Alabama voters on Tuesday passed Foreign Laws in Court Amendment One [text, PDF], a ballot measure that prohibits the use of foreign law to make decisions in Alabama courts. The amendment will be added [AL report] to the state's constitution after a legislative committee determines where it will best … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter [website] by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency [official website] reported [SPA report] that the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert said Monday that he was "shocked" by Iran's execution of a woman convicted of murdering a man whom she accused of raping her. Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in Tehran's Evin prison on Saturday morning despite international opposition from many organizations and rights groups, including … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia's top clerical council on Wednesday issued a statement calling terrorism a "heinous crime" under Sharia and saying that clerics who issue religious edicts justifying terrorism should be tried in court. It also stated [Reuters report] that it supports the kingdom's efforts to find and punish followers of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that fatwas [ISCA backgrounder] issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] US military forces conducted [DOD press release] a secret operation in Libya Sunday, capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah [BBC profile], the alleged mastermind behind the September 2012 attacks [WP backgrounder] on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including US Ambassador Chris Stevens [WP obituary]. Pentagon press secretary … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Tunisia's Interior Ministry [government website, in French] announced on Wednesday the national police arrested eight suspected terrorists who entered the north-African country from neighboring Libya. It iss believed the terrorists received weapons and explosives training in Libya, and Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui stated [Reuters report]: "This … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah [BBC profile] proclaimed the enactment [press release] of Sharia [CFR backgrounder] in the country on Wednesday. The law will operate alongside [CNN report] Brunei's civil code, which Bolkiah explained to mean that Brunei "will have two criminal justice systems working hand in hand." Amnesty International … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A gun and suicide bomb attack on Monday on a court complex in Islamabad, Pakistan, left 11 people dead and 25 injured. Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, senior advocate Rao Abdul Rashid, advocate Tanveer Ahmend Shah, and several other members of court staff were among those killed in the … [read more]

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