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Academic Commentary
15 hours ago
by Eric Johnson of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric A. Johnson of University of Illinois School of Law discusses the recent Criminal Code Improvement Act ... In November 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015" [PDF] to the House floor. The bill would, among other things, add … [read more]


Legal News
19 hours ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Indonesian Parliament [official website] to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly … [read more]


Legal News
20 hours ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An Israeli court on Wednesday extended the 18-month jail sentence of former prime minister Ehud Olmert by one month. Olmert will serve five months for obstruction of justice concurrently with the sentence for bribery charges and one additional month consecutively [BBC report]. Olmert was convicted in March 2014 and … [read more]


Legal News
21 hours ago
by Taylor Gillan

Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday accused Belgrade of not cooperating in their efforts to arrest three suspects charged with witness tampering. The UN tribunal issued arrest warrants for the three men, Petar Jojic, Vjerica Radeta and Jovo Ostojic, last January … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

Bosnian Serb General Zdravko Tolimir died [press release] on Monday in custody in The Hague. Tolimir was convicted of genocide and given a life sentence by UN judges in 2012. Last year the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] upheld [JURIST report] the majority of convictions … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] South Africa's Constitutional Court [official website] on Tuesday heard the case [case materials] against President Jacob Zuma [official website] over expensive home renovations. The charges come after the president made more than 20 million dollars in home upgrades. In 2014, the state watchdog agency suggested that he pay back … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Thursday released a statement [press release] finding that Julian Assange [BBC profile], founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks [website], has been arbitrarily detained in the UK since 2010. Assange was initially arrested in December of 2010 stemming from rape … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Chinese courts convicted 14 government officials and company executives on Wednesday due to their involvement in a 2014 factory explosion that killed 146 workers because of inappropriately stored chemicals. The sentences [Xinhua report], for the crime of causing a major labor safety accident or dereliction of duty, range from three … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a Georgia death row inmate's legal challenge. The federal appeals court rejected inmate Brandon Astor Jones' challenge to Georgia law that shields the identity of the producer of the drug used in the execution … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report] Tunisia to reform its drug sentencing laws. According to the report, 28 percent of Tunisia's prison population are individuals who were convicted of drug crimes related to recreational use of controlled substances. The sentencing issue arises from the 1992 … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A court in India on Friday convicted [Indian Express report] six of the eight accused of gang raping and murdering a 20-year-old college student in the Kamduni village district of the state of West Bengal. The conviction comes after more than two-and-a-half years since the incident, which prompted strong public … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the Chinese government on Friday to overturn [press release] a verdict sentencing three human rights activists, including a lawyer, in the Guangdong province to up to five years in prison. The individuals were convicted for "inciting subversion of state power." HRW argues that … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday stressed [official statement] the importance of education to prevent new genocides, speaking at an event acknowledging the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The Secretary-General spoke at an event at UN headquarters in New York … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [document, PDF] Tuesday on the many juvenile offenders on death row in Iran. The report states that 73 executions of juvenile offenders took place between 2005 and 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are currently on death row. Iran ratified … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Montgomery v. Louisiana [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a landmark decision banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles should apply retroactively. The Supreme Court reached that decision [JURIST report] in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [SCOTUSblog backgrounders] … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Friday, in three separate opinions, overturned several charges for three Pennsylvania State University [official website] administrators accused of playing a role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The defendants argued that a former lawyer of the university, Cynthia Baldwin, should … [read more]

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