February 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in hopes of ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama, Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities reportedly targeted ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee. In ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Tuesday urged Portuguese authorities to increase efforts to ensure a wider access to the country's judicial system. Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul said that greater accessibility to legal aid is necessary amid the continued ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]

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