Legal news from Wednesday, April 15, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in India [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday removed the defense lawyer from the trial of an accused gunman in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], citing a conflict of interest. Judge M.L. Tahiliyani said Anjali Waghmare [Sindh Today profile] could not represent [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [official profile] on Wednesday appointed [press release] former federal prosecutor Alan Bersin as assistant secretary for international affairs and special representative for border affairs to oversee illegal immigration and anti-crime efforts along the country's borders. Bersin's duties will include improving relationships with [read more]

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[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammad El Gharani [advocacy backgrounder] has alleged that he has been recently abused by guards at the military prison, according to a Tuesday report [text] by Al Jazeera. El Gharani reportedly made the allegations during a phone interview with the Middle-Eastern news service, saying [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Public Prosecution Service of Canada [official website] on Tuesday sought leave to appeal [press release] the prison sentence of 10.5 years given to Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the first person to be charged and tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act [text; CBC backgrounder], arguing that [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Tuesday struck down [order, PDF] as unconstitutional a Florida state law that requires travel companies offering service to Cuba to post substantially higher bonds than companies that do not offer Cuban travel. Last month, the US [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a defamation suit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] filed by a former US Marine against Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) [official website] after ruling that Murtha was acting in an official capacity when he [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of approximately 300 Afghan women protesting a law that critics say severely curtails womens' rights were confronted by a crowd of approximately 1,000 counter-protesters Wednesday, some of whom threw stones and gravel at the women. The protest took place outside a mosque run by Shi'ite cleric Mohammad [read more]

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[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] ended his five-day hunger strike after the Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved [press release, in Spanish] the final version of a new election law [proposed text, in Spanish]. Approval of the law paves the way for Morales to [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] granted [order, PDF] Tuesday a stay of deportation of accused Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive]. The court issued the stay while it considers Demjanjuk's appeal of last Friday's order by the Board of [read more]

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