Legal news from Wednesday, March 26, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Belarusian district courts Wednesday sentenced at least 55 demonstrators for participating in a banned "Freedom Day" rally [BBC report] in Minsk to protest against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile]. "Freedom Day" first began as a celebration of Belarus' 1918 declaration of independence but has in recent [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has filed an appeal of a ruling [PDF text] by a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit invalidating new less-stringent mercury emissions rules issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. In February, the panel ruled [JURIST report] that [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors Wednesday recommended that two alleged leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] be given life sentences if found guilty on terrorism charges. Prosecutors also asked the court to officially outlaw the group. Zarkasih and Abu Dujana [BBC profiles] went [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Egypt [JURIST news archive] Wednesday sentenced the former editor of weekly newspaper al-Dustour [media website, in Arabic] to six months in prison after convicting him on charges of spreading "rumors" about the health of Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak [official profile] in an August newspaper report. Ibrahim [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Indiana v. Edwards [LII case backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-208, a case in which the Court is considering whether states may adopt a higher standard for measuring competency to represent oneself at trial than [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A former army general and warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] denied allegations of war crimes in an interview published Wednesday in Dutch newspaper Trouw [media website, in Dutch]. Laurent Nkunda [BBC profile], the Tutsi leader of the National Congress for the Defence of the [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] argued before the Supreme Court of Canada [official website] Wednesday that the Canadian government should be compelled to turn over confidential documents [JURIST report] that they say led to Khadr's charges and are therefore necessary for a fair [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's ruling political party announced plans Wednesday to amend the nation's newly adopted constitution [JURIST report]. The People Power Party (PPP), which which won 233 out of 480 parliament seats in the first election [JURIST report] since the current interim military-backed government took power in a September 2006 bloodless [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] China is denying human rights, including basic religious freedom, to Tibetans, according to an annual report [PDF text, FCO backgrounder] released Tuesday by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office [official website]. The report found:Violations of human rights continue in Tibet. We regularly raise our concerns, including individual cases...We continue [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Nebraska bill [LB 1063, PDF] that would have banned the death penalty, replacing it with a sentence of life in prison without parole, failed in the Nebraska Legislature [official website] on Tuesday, receiving only 20 of the 25 necessary votes to move forward. Last month, the Nebraska Supreme [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] filed a new appeal Wednesday, after withdrawing an earlier appeal [JURIST report] this week following refusal of the Cilacap district court to grant a change of venue and transport the militants [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Hollinger Inc. [corporate website], the Canadian holding company with an interest in former newspaper publisher Hollinger International [corporate website], has agreed to pay the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] $21.3 million to settle claims [press release] that from 1999 to 2003 it violated securities law by [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Maryland General Assembly [official website] has passed legislation to establish the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, which would study the implementation and execution of the death penalty in that state. The state House approved HB 1111 [text] by a 89-48 vote on Monday, and the Senate later approved [read more]

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