Legal news from Wednesday, June 4, 2008
20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Virginia-based National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) [advocacy website] brought a class action lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) [official website] Monday, alleging on behalf of over 800 black farmers that the USDA improperly discriminated against them in its allocation of resources. The new Farm Bill [HR [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Wednesday rejected [opinion, PDF; press release, PDF; case docket] Djibouti's attempt to obtain records concerning murdered French judge Bernard Borrel [advocacy website, in French; JURIST news archive]. Djibouti claimed that France had breached its obligation under the 1986 Convention on Mutual [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] will complete its caseload before its mandate expires in 2010, Serge Brammertz [UN profile] promised in his first address [transcript; press release] before the UN Security Council as ICTY Chief Prosecutor Wednesday. Brammertz said:I cannot [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Japan [official website] Wednesday struck down part of a law which denied Japanese citizenship to children born out of wedlock to Japanese fathers and foreign mothers. The Court found that Article 3 of the Nationality Law, which restricts citizenship based on the parents' marital status, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] Wednesday denied [order and press release, PDF] bids by two conservative groups to stay the Court's May 15 decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] overturning a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. Last month, the Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] police have thusfar arrested at least 10,000 people in a major security sweep ahead of elections slated for later this year, national police chief Nur Mohammad told AFP Wednesday. The arrests, which began last week [JURIST report], are part of an expected month-long operation to [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Norwegian court Tuesday acquitted three suspects of terror charges laid for allegedly planning to attack the US and Israeli embassies in Oslo [JURIST] after finding that there was no binding and intentional agreement between them. The three had also been indicted [JURIST report] for their roles in a [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Cambodian head of state Khieu Samphan [JURIST news archive] was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a stroke. The fifth senior Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] leader to be detained by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], he was arrested [JURIST report] in November 2007 [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) [group websites] accused the UN Human Rights Council [official website] of "undermin[ing] the freedom of expression in the name of religious sensibilities" in a resolution [text; press release] the two groups adopted Tuesday. Passed at the 2008 [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek Minister of Justice Tuesday quickly condemned as legally "non-existent" the first same-sex marriages performed in the country by the mayor of a small Greek island. Sotiris Hatzigakis [official profile] said in a statement that Tilos Mayor Anastassios Alferis had overstepped his authority. The ceremonies united two gay [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association (SBCA) committee Tuesday said the proposed constitutional amendment package [JURIST report] is just an attempt by the Pakistan People's Party to delay addressing the reinstatement of ousted judges. The committee called for the immediate implementation of a Supreme Court decision [JURIST report] invalidating [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Top Sudanese officials have been intimately involved in the planning, execution, and cover-up of atrocities committed against the civilian population of the country's Darfur [JURIST news archive] region, according to a report [PDF text; press release] to be delivered to the UN Security Council [official website] Thursday by International [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Camp Pendleton [official website] military judge Tuesday dismissed one count of obstruction of justice against US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson [defense website; JURIST news archive], an intelligence officer charged in connection with the November 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive] Tuesday called for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to resign and be tried for treason, labeling Musharraf a traitor disloyal to Pakistan. Now head of the PML-N party in the country's ruling coalition government, Sharif said that Musharraf should be punished [read more]

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