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Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Maldives Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 78-2 in favor of impeaching Vice President Mohamed Jameel accusing him of neglecting his duties. Jameel had been deputy to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official website] since their election victory in 2013. At the center of this impeachment [Sun Online report] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Madagascar's Parliament voted on Tuesday to remove President Hery Rajaonarimampianina [BBC profile] from office for failing to deliver on promises. The parliament also alleged [BBC report] Rajaonarimampianina has violated the constitution, lacks respect for the government, and that he did not rule out the possibility of dissolving parliament. Rajaonarimampianina … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in Panama on Thursday sentenced the former president of the country's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] Alejandro Moncada to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment and corruption. Panama officials suspended [JURIST report] Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama [official website, in Spanish], Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended [JURIST report] Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Amnesty International India (AII) [advocacy website] said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi [official websites] should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, focusing … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive], calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena [official website], are now "null … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Thailand's military-appointed legislature on Friday voted to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [JURIST news archive], banning her from office for five years for corruption in a scheme to subsidize rice farmers within the country. In addition to the impeachment, Yingluck is also facing up to 10 years in … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Thailand's legislature [official website] on Friday began an impeachment hearing against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile], who is charged for her alleged role in a disastrous government rice subsidy scheme. The Thai military-appointed legislature is expected to vote on their verdict by the end of the month. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Panama officials on Monday suspended a justice of the Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] over corruption charges in a landmark case. Alejandro Moncada has been battling accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo Martinelli. Documents emerged that Moncada had paid mostly cash for two … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid [BBC profile] on Monday signed into law the 16th Amendment to the nation's Constitution [text] granting Parliament the ability to impeach Supreme Court [government websites] justices. The signing of the 16th Amendment has been condemned [BDNews24 report] by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website] … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Parliament [official website] on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to the nation's constitution [text] granting the parliament authority to impeach Supreme Court [official website] justices. The amendment, backed [AP report] by the ruling Awami League [party website], faced heavy criticism from judges who viewed the change as … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Stoyan Panov of University of Birmingham Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University of Birmingham Law School compares and contrasts executive powers under the transitional constitutions of South Sudan and Somalia ...The veto power of the executive over legislation creates certain political and legal tensions in newly independent states or states which are sometimes labelled … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jun 2014
by Lauren Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Sudeall Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law discusses the constitutionality of the opposing arguments surrounding the death penalty ... Society's memory is short. So, it may be few are still lingering over the particulars of the botched execution that occurred in Oklahoma last month. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) [official website] on Tuesday indicted 36 senators for alleged misconduct, including the misuse of authority in violation of Thailand's constitution. The indictment is a response to the senators' attempt to amend the constitution [AP report] to make the senate fully elected, a move ruled … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Oklahoma [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that two inmates' constitutional rights were not violated by keeping sources of lethal injection drugs secret. The 5-4 opinion affirmed [AP report] the district court's declaratory judgment that denied the prisoners relief and reversed the declaratory judgment that … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Derek Muller of Pepperdine University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law discusses the shaky legal foundations of the Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Kerr v. Hickenlooper ... A novel judicial opinion written on dubious legal grounds can serve as an empty vessel into which hopeful litigants everywhere pour hope. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Agency [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday formally charged [text, PDF, in Thai] Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra [BBC profile] with neglect of duty relating to management of the country's multi-billion dollar rice-subsidy program. The charges allege [WSJ report] that Shinawatra failed to adequately address reports of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law argues that the recent legal challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board is a political question that should not be determined by the court but instead reversed on justiciability grounds … [read more]

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