Legal news from Thursday, March 19, 2009
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was indicted Thursday on two counts of rape for allegedly assaulting several female employees in the 1990s. The indictment, which was filed in Tel Aviv District Court, charges [Jerusalem Post report] Katsav with two counts of rape, multiple counts [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan President Ali Asif Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website] filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday, asking the court to review its February decision [JURIST report] banning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] told reporters Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will consider accepting in the US the 17 Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST news archive] who have been cleared for release. The DOJ is still exploring where to transfer cleared detainees, [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Wednesday that the DOJ will limit prison restrictions on John Walker Lindh [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a California man known as the "American Taliban." Lindh is serving a 20-year sentence in an Indiana federal prison after [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK will publish the guidance it gives to intelligence officers for questioning suspects overseas, Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] told parliament in a written statement [text] Wednesday. Restating the UK's unequivocal condemnation of torture, Brown said that making the applicable interrogation standards public will "protect the reputation [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli forces arrested 12 Hamas leaders during raids in the West Bank Thursday. Among those seized [AFP report; Haaretz report, in Hebrew] were former Palestine deputy prime minister Nasseredin al-Shaer and Hamas officials Adnan Asfur and Raafat Nassif. The seizures came after Israel and Hamas failed to reach an [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will no longer prosecute owners of medical marijuana facilities that do not violate state law, Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said Wednesday. Although the use of medical marijuana violates federal law, thirteen states have legalized its use. Holder warned, however, [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Judicial Conference [official website] has published a revised Code of Conduct [text, PDF] for federal judges in the country. The revision, published Tuesday, updates the code from its last revision [text] in 1992, and the conference said the changes were intended to simplify and clarify the code [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian judge presiding over the kidnapping trail of 26 Americans and seven Italians [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday postponed the trial until April 22. Judge Oscar Magi suspended the case [AP report] in order to allow Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] to explain its ruling last [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) [official website] on Wednesday signed a bill [text, PDF; HB 285 materials] which repealed [press release] the use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive] in the state. The bill replaces the use of capital punishment with a sentence of life in prison [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Supreme Court of Singapore [official website] ruled Thursday that a Wall Journal Journal Asia (WSJ-Asia) [media website] editor was in contempt of court and personally liable for damages [press release, PDF] for publishing two editorials and a letter that criticized the impartiality of the city-state's [read more]

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