Legal news from Monday, September 8, 2008
12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow Prosecutor General's Office [official website, in Russian] filed a motion Monday to ban the US animated series South Park [entertainment website], alleging it violates children's rights under international law. In a press release [text, in Russian], the office said it was taking "measures to remove violations and [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys representing the Georgian Republic appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday seeking emergency orders to stop the alleged killing and mass displacement of citizens in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia [JURIST news archive]. Georgia argued in opening statements [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] French politicians are criticizing a court's decision to postpone a Muslim suspect's trial on armed-robbery charges during the holy month of Ramadan [Beliefnet.com backgrounder], arguing that it violates France's constitutional separation of church and state. The Court of Assizes at Ille-et-Vilaine on Friday rescheduled the trial "in the interest [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US blogger and attorney Gopalan Nair [personal blog; law firm profile] appeared in the Singaporean Supreme Court [official website] Monday and pleaded not guilty to insulting a public servant. Nair is on trial for accusing a judge of "prostituting herself" [blog entry] in a defamation case brought by former [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A French judge on Monday ordered the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES - Celebrity Centre) [church website, in French] to appear before the Paris Magistrates Court [official website, in French] to face criminal charges. ASES has been unsuccessfully prosecuted in French courts before, and it along [read more]

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