Legal news from Saturday, April 21, 2007
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A French appeals court Saturday acquitted one of 12 individuals who appealed their convictions [JURIST report] in a 2005 child prostitution case, one of the biggest criminal trials in the country's history [JURIST report]. Sixty-two men and women were initially convicted for offering forty-five children, ranging in age from [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Shiite head of Iraq's Debaathification Commission [official website] said Friday he would fight a proposed law [JURIST report] allowing former Baath party [BBC backgrounder] members to return to their previously held government positions. Despite provisions in the proposal that would prevent reemployment of former Baathists who have been [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] held [PDF] late this week that Arizona may enforce its voter identification law while a non-profit organization challenges the law in federal court. The law, which Arizonans approved in 2004 [JURIST report] as Proposition 200 [PDF], requires voters [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer representing the Venezuelan government said Friday that Venezuela plans to press the United States on its refusal to prosecute or extradite Cuban anti-Castro militant and Venezuelan national Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] on charges that Carriles orchestrated the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jorge Acosta, president of Ecuador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] confirmed Friday that in a referendum last Sunday an overwhelming majority of voters approved [JURIST report] the convening of a constitutional assembly to rewrite the country's constitution [text, in Spanish]. Acosta said 81.72 percent of voters approved [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Virgina Tech shooting gunman Seung-Hui Cho was technically prohibited from purchasing firearms after a Virginia court found Cho to be an "imminent danger to himself" in December 2005 and issued an order [text] for Cho to receive psychiatric treatment, the New York Times reported Friday. Under federal law [18 [read more]

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