January 29, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Supreme Court of Panama voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former president Ricardo Martinelli. All nine judges of the court voted to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of Martinelli inflating contracts. Allegations are based on testimony by former head of ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who during her 2009 ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP will face under the Clean Water Act after he ruled that the size of the offshore oil spill was smaller than what the US government claimed. In the opinion, Federal Judge Carl ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday denied a request from the ICTY prosecutor's office to revoke the provisional release of a Serb nationalist who was granted a temporary release from ICTY custody in November for health concerns. Vojislav ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The convening authority for the Office of Military Commissions retired Marine Major General Vaughn A. Ary on Friday overturned the terror conviction against Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed and dismissed the charges against him. Muhammed was accused of working as a weapons instructor and ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Keystone XL pipeline route may be approved by Governor Dave Heineman without review by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC). This decision came through an appeal "from the district court's judgment that determined L.B. 1161, which the ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reviewing the law, which requires that abortion ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was delayed on Monday. Two of the three judges on the panel accepted the defense's motion that the third judge, Judge Jeannette Valdez, should recuse herself from the trial on the grounds ...[read more]
December 31, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
India's President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee approved the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill on Wednesday to modify the judicial selection process in the nation's supreme courts and 24 high courts. The bill replaces the 20 year-old collegium system, which was criticized within India ...[read more]
December 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The High Court of Ireland on Friday ruled that a doctor can switch off the life support of a brain dead woman who is 18 weeks pregnant. The judgment made by the panel of judges challenges the Irish Constitution in regards to the separate rights between a mother and her unborn child. Responding to ...[read more]

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