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1 day ago
by Miracle Jones

Beijing's Third Intermediate People's Court on Friday released journalist Gao Yu on medical parole after the Higher People's Court upheld her conviction for leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website. Though she did receive medical parole [Asia Times report] as a result of her health, the courts … [read more]

Legal News
3 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] an executive order [document, PDF] that automatically restores voting rights and the right to hold public office to certain offenders after their sentences have been satisfied. The order, which excludes those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery, … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged greater protection for journalists' rights [text] and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists [official website] on Monday. Ban noted, "[m]ore than … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Israeli Parliament on Thursday passed a new law [press release] that will ban journalists from expressing their opinions on the county's public broadcasting network. The new public broadcast law passed by a vote of 25-18. The law states [AP report] that journalists should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal … [read more]

Legal News
11 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Germany's acting top federal prosecutor on Monday dropped a much-criticized treason investigation into two prominent journalists working for Netzpolitik.org [media website, in German]. In July, Netzpolitik, a blog on digital rights issues, announced that two of its journalists, Andre Meister and Markus Beckedahl [professional profiles, in German], were being … [read more]

Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Harald Range [professional profile], Germany's top prosecutor, was dismissed from his duties on Tuesday by Justice Minister Heiko Maas [official website] after Range accused the German government of obstructing his investigation against two German journalists. Range was interested in an investigation against the two journalists from the website Netzpolitik.org, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday commended [press release] President Edgar Lungu for commuting the death sentences of 332 men to life imprisonment, calling it "a laudable first step and a 'triumph' for the right to life." AI is now calling on President Lungu to completely abolish the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School
edited by Jenna Decker

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty [AP report] of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

With the European Games [official website] approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliyev. Human … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Belgrade court on Friday considered whether to wipe the treason conviction against General Draza Mihailovic for his efforts supporting the Nazi regime during World War II. Serbian nationals showed up in droves to the courthouse to witness the decision on Mihailovic's oft contested legacy, and resolve a dispute … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. Human … [read more]

Legal News
16 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned [press release] the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack … [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]

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

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]

Legal News
3 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Pakistan's parliament [Pakistan Senate official website] on Wednesday passed a new anti-terrorism bill [text; PDF] that detractors are claiming grants excessive power to police. The proposed legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, allows police to use lethal force, to search buildings without a warrant and to detain … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Pakistan's Sindh High Court (SHC) [official website] on Thursday lifted [judgment, PDF] a travel ban that had prevented former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] from leaving the country. Opponents will have 15 days [PressTV report] to challenge the ruling, and Musharraf will not be allowed to leave the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Apr 2014

JURIST Guest Columnists Daniel B. Levin and Victoria A. Degtyareva of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP discuss the federal bank fraud statute and Loughrin v. United States... Kevin Loughrin and an accomplice used six stolen and altered checks to steal just over $1,000 from a local Target store. They stole … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men, all members of the self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front [official website], to prison for plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's [JURIST news archive] government. The government accused the men of plotting insurrection and "opposing the nation" by calling for Sen's … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Russia [offical website] on Tuesday upheld [press release, in Russian] the constitutionality of a law requiring non-government organizations (NGOs) to register as "foreign agents" if they accept foreign funding. The law [materials, in Russian], passed in 2012, requires that all NGOs that accept foreign funding … [read more]

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