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Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

South Korea and Japan agreed [press release] on Monday to a final resolution on the issue of "comfort women" [BBC backgrounder] who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida admitted responsibility on behalf of the Japanese government and pledged one billion … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered former president Francisco Flores to stand trial on corruption charges. Flores is charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement and illegal enrichment for allegedly diverting USD $15 million from Taiwanese donation to his personal and political bank accounts. The donations were intended to help victims … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] in The Hague ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between the Philippines and China over parts of the South China Sea. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive], labeled a "flight risk," was jailed in a preventive prison pending investigation [El Periódico report, in Spanish] on Tuesday following an indictment over corruption charges. The judge gave the prosecution three months to conduct an investigation and then the trial … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina [JURIST news archive] sent a letter [El Periodico materials, in Spanish] to both the Guatemalan congress and reporters early Thursday announcing his resignation and his intention to "stand before justice." The congress has called an emergency session [Prensa Libre report, in Spanish] to meet … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemala's congress on Monday stripped President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity by a unanimous vote of the 132 members who were present. This vote allows prosecutors to go after the president for corruption allegations. Pérez Molina and about 30 other government officials are accused of taking millions of … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemala's Supreme Court on Tuesday approved prosecutors' requests to impeach President Otto Perez Molina for corruption allegations, despite the president having immunity from prosecution. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials are accused [AFP report] of taking millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for keeping low import … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on Sunday that he has no plans to resign, despite accusations of corruption from the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) [official website] and widespread protests in the nation calling for his resignation. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Taiwanese authorities to "drop criminal charges against people solely for participating in or organizing peaceful demonstrations ... after more than 100 people were charged for protesting during the so called "Sunflower Movement." AI claims that while the students … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was granted a one-month medical parole Monday by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice [official website] for treatment of neurodegeneration. Chen, 64, is currently in the fourth year of his 20-year sentence for corruption. While in prison Chen has been suffering from [AP report] depression, sleep … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores was taken into custody on Saturday after a court repealed his house arrest. Francisco is being held as he awaits trial on charges of corruption and embezzling More than USD $15 million, part of which is alleged to have come as aid from … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court [official website, in Chinese] on Friday sentenced Taiwanese Prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming to 14 months in prison for passing confidential information to the country's president regarding investigations into corruption charges. The investigation referred to allegations of "influence-peddling" in the country, and the evidence against Huang was … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a … [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]


Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. Whether … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The UK Court of Protection [official website] ruled Friday that a man with learning disabilities who does not possess the capacity to provide informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests." The man, known as DE, has already fathered one child with his girlfriend … [read more]

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