Legal news from Wednesday, April 22, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The spokesman for China's Supreme People's Court [English website; official website, in Mandarin], Sun Jungong, announced Wednesday that he had started writing his own blog [Sun weblog, in Mandarin] in order to directly communicate with the public. Sun said he will operate the blog in a semi-official capacity and [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Sudanese court on Wednesday sentenced 11 members of the Darfur [JURIST news archive] rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) [advocacy website; BBC backgrounder] to death by hanging for their involvement in a 2008 attack on Khartoum [BBC report]. Out of seven other defendants [Al Jazeera report] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] in Ricci v. DeStefano [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], where the Court will consider whether a government employer may refuse to certify results of a civil service exam that would make [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A top Norwegian prosecutor said Wednesday that she will look into a compliant filed by Norwegian lawyers accusing Israeli government figures of war crimes during the recent offensive in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The chief prosecutor at Norway's National Authority for Prosecution of Organised and Other Serious Crimes [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Nken v. Holder [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report], retitled from Nken v. Mukasey, that an alien's stay of deportation request pending consideration of his petition for review is governed by the traditional test [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday announced charges [press release, PDF] against an Afghan of conspiring to finance terrorist activity. Haji Juma Khan, who was already detained on charges of narco-terrorism, is accused of providing the Taliban [JURIST news archive] [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) [official website] on Tuesday declassified [statement] a November 2008 report [text, PDF; JURIST report] detailing the extent of top Bush administration officials' involvement in implementing severe interrogation techniques employed by US military forces against terrorism suspects. According to the report, the interrogation [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] might drop charges [case materials] of disclosing national defense secrets against former pro-Israel lobbyists Steven Rosen [Washington Post profile] and Keith Weissman, a senior official said Tuesday. Government sources told the AP that there is still some support [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean judge has charged [press release, in Spanish] three former Pinochet-era military officers as accomplices for their role in the October 1973 killings of 14 leftist political opponents as part of the so-called "Caravan of Death" [BBC backgrounder]. Judge Victor Montiglio of the Santiago Court of Appeals indicted [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for the relatives of 17 sailors killed in the 2000 al Qaeda attack [US DOD inquiry report] on the USS Cole [official website; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that the families will receive compensation from the Sudan government after a judge for the US District Court of [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court Tuesday ordered the release on parole [RIA Novosti report] of Svetlana Bakhmina, the former lawyer for Russian oil firm OAS Yukos Oil Co. [TIME backgrounder]. Bakhmina was convicted [JURIST report] of embezzlement and tax evasion in 2006 for her part in a scheme to strip assets [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] Alleged Somali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, captured by US forces following an attempted attack on the container ship Maersk Alabama [corporate backgrounder], was charged [compliant, PDF] Tuesday and will be tried as an adult following a ruling by federal magistrate judge Andrew Peck of the US District Court for [read more]

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