Legal news from Tuesday, March 4, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian human rights ombudsman [backgrounder] said Tuesday that Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev [campaign website, in Russian; BBC profile] has to honor his declared respect for Russian law and freedoms so that Russian courts and police will follow suit. Vladimir Lukin [party profile], a member of the liberal Yabloko [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Tuesday that he "has not and will not" meet with any member of Uganda's Lord Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The statement [PDF text] came in response to reports that representatives of LRA leader Joseph [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande and the registrar of the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive], Adama Dieng [official profile] signed an agreement Tuesday allowing those convicted by the genocide tribunal to serve their sentences in Rwanda. Rwanda joins Benin, France, Italy, Mali, [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) [official website] pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the US District Court of Arizona [official website] to charges [indictment, PDF text] including extortion, money laundering, and wire fraud in connection with a complex land scheme. Renzi was indicted [JURIST report] last month along with Texas [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors have filed an appeal of a Rome court's dismissal [JURIST report] of a criminal case against US Army Spc. Mario Lozano [defense website] for the alleged 2005 murder of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the attempted murders of agent Andrea Carpani [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments [recorded audio; case materials] Tuesday in consolidated cases challenging California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. In 2006, the state Attorney General requested [JURIST report] that the Court review an intermediate appellate court's decision to uphold [JURIST report] the same-sex [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Some 200 Afghan parliamentarians demonstrated Tuesday at the parliament building in Kabul against last month's reprinting of a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad [JURIST report] by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Poste [media website]. The protesters urged the government to call on Danish envoys to discuss what they saw as [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit brought by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) [group website] against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] and Barr Pharmaceuticals [corporate website] seeking to overturn the FDA's 2006 decision to approve the over-the-counter sale [JURIST [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The National Parliament of East Timor [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] voted Monday to recommend that an international commission be formed to investigate last month's assassination attempts against East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao [BBC profiles]. The parliament urged that the government coordinate with the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian security officials arrested 54 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] Tuesday, as Egypt began candidate registration for the upcoming April 8 provincial council elections [MB report]. Egypt's provincial councils administer local municipal government services. These municipal elections were originally scheduled for 2006, but the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the arrest of an unidentified suspect believed to be responsible for the burning of the US embassy [JURIST report] in Belgrade last month. The unidentified suspect, who is facing charges of violating public security and theft, faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff [official profile] sent letters to the governors of several states on Monday, urging them to comply with an upcoming deadline to adopt comprehensive driver's license standards to bring their state IDs in line with the requirements of the Real ID Act [PDF [read more]

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