Legal news from Thursday, February 28, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] One in every 100 US adults is currently in prison, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States (PCS) [organization website]. The report found that males were 17 times more likely than females to be imprisoned, and that African Americans [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] Thursday called for the US Justice Department to launch a grand jury investigation to determine if misdemeanor contempt of Congress charges [H Res 979 materials] should be prosecuted against former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers and White [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld [order, PDF; ACLU press release] a district court's denial [JURIST report] of an emergency injunction to block enforcement of an Arizona law that penalizes employers who hire illegal immigrants while opponents of the law argue their case [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian Justice Minister Dusan Petrovic [official profile, in Serbian] signed an extradition request [press release] Thursday for the widow and son of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. Mirjana Markovic [BBC profile] and her son Marko currently reside in Russia but are wanted in Serbia on charges [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque [official profile, in Spanish] signed two international human rights treaties on Thursday, making Cuba party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [texts]. Both treaties build upon ideas contained in the [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A key witness in the war crimes trial [JURIST report] of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [SCSL case materials; JURIST news archive] has been moved into hiding after being threatened for testifying before the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website], chief prosecutor Stephen Rapp said Thursday. Varmuyan Sherif, [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled against the deportation [judgment; press release] of former Tunisian terror suspect Nassim Saadi, finding that evidence provided by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch showed that he would likely be subjected to torture in violation of Article [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Thursday dismissed a civil corruption case against Tommy Suharto [BBC report], the youngest son of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile; JURIST news archive]. The court also awarded some $550,000 to Suharto on a counter-claim for damages. Lawyers for Suharto argued that the case [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan Deputy Chief Judge Mohammed Omar Ishaqzai said that Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh should be permitted to appeal a death sentence that resulted from a trial where he says he was not represented by a lawyer [JURIST report], the Independent reported Thursday. Kambaksh was sentenced to death [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A 28-mile "virtual fence" [JURIST report] along the US-Mexico border [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], known as Project 28, has been placed on hold due to technical issues, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said during a joint hearing [materials] Wednesday before two subcommittees of [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] returned to Thailand Thursday from self-imposed exile to face corruption charges laid against him after he was ousted in a military coup [JURIST report] in September 2006. Thai authorities arrested Thaksin immediately upon his return and later released [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Chadian President Idriss Deby [official website, in French; BBC profile] agreed to an international investigation [statement, in French] into allegations of abuse of power during a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile] Wednesday. The decision follows accusations [JURIST report] leveled by Amnesty International [advocacy website] that the [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police arrested 25 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] Wednesday, following the arrest of 17 members on Tuesday. Muslim Brotherhood members believe the arrests targeted potential candidates for the upcoming April 8 provincial council elections [MB report]. Egypt's provincial councils administer local municipal government [read more]

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