Legal news from Monday, March 9, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli rights group Yesh Din [advocacy website, in Hebrew] filed a petition [text, PDF; press release] in the Supreme Court of Israel [official website] Monday, accusing the State of Israel of violating international law based on the mining operations it conducts within the West Bank. According to the complaint, [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga [official profile, BBC profile] announced Monday that US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] agents from the US Embassy in Nairobi [official website] will assist in investigating [press release] the killing of two human rights activists last week. Odinga requested US assistance [Capital [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed [press release] an executive order [text; fact sheet] Monday which removed the previous administration's restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell [JURIST news archive] research. The order fulfills Obama's campaign promise to reverse the limitations that were put in place [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government has not accounted for hundreds of Tibetan protesters arrested in connection with the March 2008 demonstrations in Tibet [BBC backgrounder], according to a Monday statement [press release] from Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], which revealed a thorough review regarding the numbers of arrests, detentions, and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decided four cases Monday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Bartlett v. Strickland [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a racial minority group that comprises less than 50 percent of a district's population cannot succeed on a vote dilution [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Jones v. Harris Associates [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a shareholder must show that the fund's investment adviser misled the fund's directors in order to have a [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be indicted on rape charges for allegedly assaulting several female employees in the 1990s, according to an announcement by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Sunday. Katsav will face charges [Haaretz report] of raping one woman while he served [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Twelve of the 92 videotapes destroyed by the CIA [JURIST report] contained evidence of "enhanced interrogation techniques," according to redacted documents [text, PDF] filed Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] had acknowledged [read more]

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