Legal news from Thursday, October 2, 2008
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A court of appeals in The Hague on Thursday extended prison terms for four Dutch terror suspects convicted in 2006 [JURIST report] for planning attacks against Dutch politicians and government facilities after finding them guilty of an additional charge of membership in a terrorist organization. The court agreed with [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army soldier pleaded guilty Thursday to accessory to murder in connection with the killings of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [New York Times report] west of Baghdad last year. Specialist Steven Ribordy, formerly a member of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry [unit website], testified at his court-martial that [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav army chief of staff and general Momcilo Perisic began [ICTY press release] Thursday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] at The Hague. The trial was scheduled to commence Wednesday but was postponed [JURIST report] due to a procedural [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday called on the Ethiopian government [HRW materials] to release rendition victims in custody or prosecute them in an open court that meets basic fair trial standards. The renditions were the result of a US-backed Ethiopian military intervention in neighboring [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Polish leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski [personal website; CNN profile; JURIST news archive] testified Thursday at the resumption of his trial that he had no choice but to impose martial law [Polish government backgrounder] on Poland in 1981. Jaruzelski, who is charged with "organizing crimes of a military nature," [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday agreed to hear 10 cases [Order List, PDF], including two implicating the land rights of Native peoples, during its term that begins next week. In Hawaii, et al. v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, et al. (07-1372) [docket; cert. [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] last Friday ended [decision, PDF] the segregation of five defendants currently in pretrial detention. The decision, released to the public on Wednesday, was a response to an appeal filed by defendant Nuon Chea [PBS backgrounder; [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Wednesday to approve legislation [HR 7081 text, PDF] establishing a cooperative nuclear energy agreement with India. The bill, entitled the "United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act," was approved by a vote of 86-13 [roll call vote], and now heads to the White [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The annual UN Treaty Event [official website], celebrated yearly to promote universal participation in international treaties and agreements, concluded Wednesday [UN News Centre report] after a number of states signed and ratified various treaties and conventions. This year's event, entitled "Treaty Event 2008: Towards Universal Participation And Implementation - [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion text] that the United States Postal Service (USPS) [official website] was entitled to immunity in a lawsuit alleging that a postal employee had interfered with the delivery of a political opponent's campaign fliers ahead [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Millions of Americans have been effectively disenfranchised because of criminal convictions, according to a report [text; press release] released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the Brennan Center for Justice [academic website]. The report found that state and county election officials receive little or [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) [official website] released a report [text] Wednesday expressing concern over a proposed UK anti-terror bill [materials; BBC Q/A] which would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday declared [Moscow Times report] the 1918 killing [eyewitness account] of Tsar Nicholas II [memorial website] an act of political "repression." The ruling, long sought by the Tsar's descendants, is seen an exoneration of the country's last monarch, who had [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum [official website] filed a lawsuit [press release] Wednesday against Merck & Co. [corporate website] in support of state agencies that were harmed by Merck's allegedly deceptive marketing campaign promoting its prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Under a new judicial dress code [press release and text, PDF] that took effect Wednesday, civil and family judges in the Judiciary of England and Wales [official website] will no longer wear wigs during court proceedings. The new dress code also features redesigned robes [UK Judiciary press release], intended [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [official website] refused to rule out partitioning parts of Kosovo [B92 report], should other options regarding the resolution of a dispute between Serbia and the newly independent state fail. In an interview with Serbian television channel RTS [official website], Tadic said that the option is [read more]

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