Legal news from Wednesday, March 28, 2007
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Tellabs v. Makor Issues & Rights [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-484 [docket], where the Court must decide the extent to which shareholders bringing suit against a company must prove the company [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Polish citizens marched in Warsaw on Wednesday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to enact a complete ban on abortion. The opposition Civic Platform party [party website] is expected to block passage of the amendment when it comes to a vote in April. Poland's current 1993 [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official profile] of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website], who was suspended [JURIST report] March 9 by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile] for alleged misconduct, told a crowd of 2,000 lawyers in Rawalpindi on Wednesday that judicial independence in Pakistan is under attack. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday lashed out at the Georgian Republic [official backgrounder] for filing a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] alleging Russia violated the human rights of Georgian nationals during a deportation sweep last September. On Monday, Georgia lodged an application [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Belgian authorities on Wednesday arrested three Italian nationals - a European Commission [official website] official in charge of delegation infrastructure, a personal assistant to an Italian member of the European Parliament [official website], and a businessman - on corruption charges stemming from European public tenders to lease space and [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe police on Wednesday arrested opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] and twenty staff members ahead of a press conference where Tsvangirai was expected to denounce police brutality that occurred during a crackdown on anti-government protesters [JURIST report] earlier in March. Tsvangirai was released from police custody several hours [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican special prosecutor's office designed to investigate past political crimes shut down on Tuesday without ever securing any convictions. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox [BBC profile], who created the department, decided to close it just before leaving office last year. That decision just took effect. All cases being [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] Tuesday signed into law [press release] a new so-called "shoot first" law [SB 378 materials], which allows state residents to use deadly force to respond to threats in their homes, cars, and at jobs. The bill, also known as a "stand your ground" [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The president of Vietnam [JURIST news archive] has signed a decree abolishing the power of the government to hold suspected national security threats without judicial hearings, a government official told AP Wednesday. Western officials have praised President Nguyen Minh Triet, who signed the decree last week, but some worry [read more]

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