Legal news from Wednesday, September 3, 2008
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Billings of the New York State Supreme Court dismissed [decision and order, PDF text; Lambda Legal press release] a lawsuit Tuesday that challenged the decision made by New York Governor David Paterson [official profile] to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages [JURIST report]. The lawsuit, brought by conservative Christian [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] urged Iran [JURIST news archive] Tuesday to ban the use of the death penalty [UN News Centre report] against juvenile offenders. The OHCHR statement comes as two Iranian men, identified by Reuters as Mohammad Fadaaee and [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] is holding hearings [ICJ press release] this week in a border dispute between Romania and Ukraine [JURIST news archives] over resource rights to the Black Sea. Oral arguments in the case [ICJ materials] began Tuesday, when Bogdan Aurescu, [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government announced plans Wednesday to rebuild Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive], where US military guards were photographed abusing Iraqi prisoners [JURIST report]. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the Iraqi Cabinet [official website, in Arabic] had approved the Defense Ministry's proposal to reopen the prison west of [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Defence of Human Rights Chairman Khalid Khawaja petitioned the Islamabad High Court [Daily Times report] on Wednesday to register abduction charges against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] and several other high-ranking officials from his administration. The petition alleges that the officials instituted false proceedings [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a non-employee consultant may be held liable for misstatements or omissions in periodic financial reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] has released [advocacy group press release] Arab activist Sami Al-Arian [JURIST news archive] after five years in federal custody. The former University of South Florida (USF) [official website] computer science professor will remain under electronic monitoring pending trial on contempt charges [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Mauritanian Parliament has elected eight of its members to a High Court set to try deposed President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi [BBC profile] on corruption charges. Legislators chose [press release, in Arabic] four National Assembly members and four senators by secret ballot during a public session on Tuesday. [read more]

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