Legal news from Wednesday, December 17, 2008
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday rejected a bid by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official profile] to have Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] temporarily removed from office [JURIST report] in the wake of corruption charges [complaint, PDF] laid against him last week in connection with his naming [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Muslim woman in the US state of Georgia was arrested Tuesday and ordered to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she refused to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive], or hijab, upon entering a security checkpoint in an Atlanta courtroom. Douglasville Municipal Court [official [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian civil rights activists Wednesday issued a statement warning that a proposed law that would change the definition of treason would allow the government to arrest any government critic [statement text, in Russian]. The proposed legislation extends the definition of treason [Moscow Times report] to include damage to Russia's [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Two prominent Kosovar Albanians were found guilty of contempt [press release; judgment summary, PDF] Wednesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Former Kosovo minister for Culture, Youth and Sport Astrit Haraqija was sentenced to five months in prison, and Bajrush Morina, former political [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a lawyer accused of killing a judge and merged the case with the trial of a right-wing group accused of plotting a coup. Alparslan Arslan was sentenced to life in prison in February for the May 2006 [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Tuesday called for greater judicial cooperation to combat piracy [press release] off the coast of Somalia. UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa [official profile] said that while pirates should ideally be tried in their home country or in [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The legislature in the Papua [official website, in Indonesian] province of Indonesia [JURIST news archive] announced Tuesday that it will postpone a decision on whether to implant certain individuals infected with HIV/AIDS [JURIST news archive] with microchips to monitor their movements. A vote scheduled for next week will be [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi cabinet on Wednesday approved draft legislation that would require most non-US foreign troops to leave Iraq by mid-2009. The legislation must now be submitted to the Iraqi parliament [official website] for approval. A government spokesperson said that Iraq would retain the right to ask some countries to [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the District of Columbia [official website] passed legislation [introduction, PDF] Tuesday increasing the requirements of gun owners in Washington, DC. The legislation contains a number of provisions that the city council hopes will make it more difficult for criminals obtain weapons [NYT report] and make it [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US military reported on Tuesday the transfer of 39 high-value detainees [press release] from the custody of US-led multinational force to an Iraqi controlled prison. The detainees were all former members of the regime of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], and have already been convicted or are scheduled [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] Chairman Christopher Cox [official profile] on Tuesday said that he would launch an immediate investigation [press release] into how the fraud allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff went undetected for so long. The SEC filed charges [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] last week [read more]

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