Legal news from Saturday, August 30, 2008
13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence [official website] reached a settlement agreement Friday with four claimants who say they were abused by priests [JURIST news archive] several decades ago and that church officials had taken steps to cover up previous allegations of abuse. Christopher Young, Donald Leighton, Marc G. [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] London's High Court Friday gave UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband [official profile] a week to defend his office's refusal [FCO press release] earlier this month to turn over documents relating to the alleged extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] and torture of Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile], the last British resident [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities Saturday reinstated four more judges ousted from their positions in November when former President Pervez Musharraf proclaimed emergency rule. The reappointment of four judges of the Lahore High Court follows an announcement Wednesday that eight other judges in Sindh province were being restored to office [JURIST report]. [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] quashed a 25-year prison sentence against former Rwandan army officer Tharcisse Muvunyi [ICTR case materials] Friday, ruling that there was insufficient evidence for his conviction on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Muvunyi will face a [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the conviction and 210 month prison sentence of Juan Francisco Salazar, who was convicted of tampering with a witness in a drug trial, were proper. A jury found Salazar guilty of violating 18 [read more]

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