Legal news from Monday, September 29, 2008
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Monday rejected a financial rescue bill [PDF text; summary] that would have allowed courts to review purchases of troubled assets made by the US Treasury Department [official website]. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, defeated by a vote of 228-205, would have [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] In a national referendum on Sunday, Ecuadorean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution which consolidates and significantly broadens the powers held by leftist President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile]. The new constitution [text, in Spanish] gives the president the power to remove Congress in the middle [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday urged [Reuters report] lawmakers to reintroduce a clause guaranteeing a certain number of legislative seats to Christians and other religious minorities into the country's controversial provincial elections bill [JURIST news archive]. The bill had originally contained the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Assembly [official website] of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Saturday revoked two lawmakers' prosecutorial immunity for crimes allegedly committed during the country's 2001 ethnic conflict. Hajrula Misini and Hisen Dzemaili [official profiles], both members of the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), the largest ethnic-Albanian political [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday announced [statement text] that he had named a prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges are warranted in connection with the removal of nine US attorneys, as recommended in a new report [PDF text] by investigators at the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Abbaseyya Appeals Court on Sunday upheld [Daily News Egypt report] the conviction of the former editor of weekly newspaper al-Dustour [media website, in Arabic] for spreading "rumors" about the health of Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak [official profile] in an August 2007 newspaper report. Ibrahim Eissa [al-Ahram profile] originally [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the criminal division of the Supreme Court of Chile [official website, in Spanish] Friday reduced the sentences of two men convicted of the 1973 deaths of 15 Chilean farmers [Truth Commission backgrounder]. A lower court had sentenced former Army Col. Hugo Guerra Jorquera to 18 years in [read more]

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