February 23, 2011
by Sarah Miley
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously in Walker v. Martin that a state law barring a prisoner from collaterally attacking his conviction is adequate to support a procedural bar to filing a habeas corpus petition. The decision upholds a California state law preventing prisoners from ...[read more]
February 16, 2011
by Sarah Miley
The US Senate on Tuesday voted 86 to 12 to extend three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act through May 27. The measures were set to expire on February 28. The provisions extended include roving wiretaps, "lone wolf" terrorism suspects and the government's ability to seize "any tangible ...[read more]
January 19, 2011
by Sarah Miley
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously overturned a lower court's ruling in NASA v. Nelson and upheld the background checks that NASA uses for employees of companies working under contract. In 2008 the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the government violates a federal ...[read more]
December 1, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A French appeals court on Wednesday sentenced former Basque separatist leader, Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea, to seven years in prison for association with a terrorist organization. Urrutikoetxea is a former member of the Basque regional parliament and led the ETA until 2006. He was convicted and ...[read more]
December 1, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the destruction of a crop of genetically-engineered (GE) sugar beets because of the potential harmful effect the plants may have on surrounding flora, the first such order to be issued in the US. The suit was filed in September by Earthjustice and the Center for ...[read more]
November 17, 2010
by Sarah Miley
International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday that the court will not use testimony from three Kenyan witnesses who claim they were bribed to provide false evidence against a high-ranking government official. Ocampo also said that the ICC is looking into ...[read more]
November 17, 2010
by Sarah Miley
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed a petition with Myanmar's High Court on Tuesday seeking to reinstate her opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). Myanmar's military government formally abolished the NLD in May for failing to register for elections, which took place ...[read more]
November 10, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The UK High Court on Wednesday granted a request to review the nation's Digital Economy Act, which is aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. The claim was filed by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC in July in response to the ...[read more]
November 3, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The County Court of Zagreb on Wednesday sentenced six men for the murder of top Croatian journalist, Ivo Pukanic, who was killed in a car bombing in 2008. The court held that the actions committed by the convicted men constituted organized crime, which targeted Pukanic for his extensive reporting ...[read more]
October 27, 2010
by Sarah Miley
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting Wednesday that the government will not allow the prosecution of low-ranking Khmer Rouge officers by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Hun Sen claims that further prosecution of ...[read more]

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