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Legal News
5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif [BBC backgrounder] to five years in prison on during a retrial graft charges. Nazif served during the presidency of Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] until the start of the Egyptian Uprising [Aljazeera timeline] in 2011, and was convicted of … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday said that the SAFE Justice Act, a US criminal justice reform bill introduced in June, could better protect prisoners' rights and increase fairness in federal prison sentencing. The bill proposes reforms [HRW report] to federal sentencing statutes, which include the modification … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A US District Court judge on Friday approved an agreement between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and the city of Cleveland that is intended to reform the city's police department. The agreement [JURIST report], a consent decree reached after five months of negotiation between attorneys for … [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
27 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday announced a settlement [text, PDF; press release] with the Cleveland police department, which has agreed to adopt stringent standards over how and when its officers can use force. The results of a DOJ investigation [JURIST report] announced in December … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The State's Attorney for Baltimore City on Thursday announced the indictment [press release] of six police officers on charges including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby [official profile] filed charges [JURIST report] earlier in … [read more]

Legal News
19 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended [text, PDF] by a task-force created [executive order] in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some types of … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan [SCOTUSblog materials] that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern [press release] over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended the US eliminate … [read more]

Legal News
9 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Attorney General Loretta Lynch [official website] on Friday announced [press release] the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said [AP report], would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) [official website] ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection [Guardian report], and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was taken into … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona Rishmawi, head … [read more]

Legal News
1 May 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The State’s Attorney for Baltimore City on Friday charged six police officers [press release] with crimes including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby [official profile] filed charges almost immediately upon receiving the medical … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins on Tuesday urged Baltimore police [press release] to exercise restraint during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force. The statement comes amid protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report [text, DOC] released [press release] Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites]. The … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday ordered the provisional release [order, PDF] pursuant to an interlocutory appeal for Goran Hadžic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the former president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Monday ordered the Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court to conclude its case over the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] within the next two months. The case has been ongoing since 2009 against seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Pakistan court on Thursday ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The order came less than a month after Pakistan authorities reordered his detention [JURIST report]. The court suspended [The Hindu report] his detention under … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges [BBC report] in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and … [read more]

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