Legal news from Tuesday, October 14, 2008
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese People's Court in Chamdo prefecture sentenced eight Tibetan monks to prison last month, including two to life sentences, according to Tibetan activist group Free Tibet [advocacy website] Tuesday. The eight monks were arrested by Chinese authorities in April [JURIST news archive] in connection with the March bombing [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call] Monday in three cases, including Pearson v. Callahan [Cornell LII backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-751, in which the Court will review a July 2007 ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] on Monday joined [press release, in Spanish] an estimated 10,000 supporters [AP report] as they began a 120-mile march from Caracollo to La Paz seeking congressional approval [JURIST report] of a national referendum on proposed reforms to the country's [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday agreed to consider [Bangkok Post report] dissolving the ruling People's Power Party (PPP) [party website, in Thai] and two others because of election fraud allegedly committed by one of the PPP's top officers. Former PPP deputy leader Yongyuth [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four former Bosnian Serb officers have been arrested on suspicions of crimes against humanity [BiH Criminal Code Article 172, PDF] in connection with the August 1992 massacre of 200 civilians in Koricanske Stijene, the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia & Herzegovina said [press release] Tuesday. Milorad Skrbic, Milorad Radakovic, Gordan [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Monday signed into law [WH press release] a bill that will provide for additional intellectual property (IP) rights enforcement resources and stronger penalties for violators of those rights. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 [PDF text; LOC materials], allows [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday rejected a petition [order list, PDF] to hear a Georgia death row inmate's appeal, lifting a stay on his execution, while agreeing to hear a case dealing with supplemental jurisdiction. The court declined to grant certiorari in the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko [official website] Monday abolished the Kiev District Court by decree [decree 922/2008 text, in Ukrainian] after it decided Saturday to block a previous presidential decree dissolving parliament and directing parliamentary elections in the wake of the collapse of the governing coalition. The Kiev court made [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan Justice Minister Abdel-Basit Sabdarat said Monday that a special prosecutor named [JURIST report] to investigate and try war crimes suspects from the country's Darfur region [JURIST news archive] has almost completed reports on some crimes in the region, though a time frame for trials has not yet been [read more]

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