Legal news from Wednesday, May 20, 2009
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in Myanmar on Wednesday granted 39 foreign diplomats and journalists limited access to the trial of pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Suu Kyi met briefly with representatives of Thailand, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's Congress of Deputies [official website], the lower house of the Spanish parliament, passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday aimed at limiting the exercise of universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder] over foreign nations in Spanish courts to those cases in which there is no current domestic investigation underway and where there [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge on Tuesday granted a government motion to postpone hearings [ruling, PDF] for Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi [DOD materials]. Chief judge for military commissions Colonel James Pohl granted the government's motion for a continuance until September 24, 2009, [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted 90-6 [roll call] to approve an amendment [S AMDT 1133 materials] eliminating $80 million from pending legislation intended to fund the closure of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. Introduced by Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Daniel Inouye [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A council for the European Union (EU) [official website] on Tuesday said that Turkey should do more [press release, PDF] in terms of judicial reform, protection of citizens' rights, and various other efforts in order to further their request to be granted accession to the EU [criteria materials]. The [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court of New Jersey [official website] dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit Tuesday brought by the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at the Rutgers School of Law [academic website] alleging that former president George W. Bush [official profile] violated Congress's constitutional power [Article I § 8 [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Disgraced Democratic Party fundraiser Norman Hsu [JURIST news archive] was convicted Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on charges of violating the Federal Elections Campaign Act (FECA) [text]. Hsu was accused of making illegal campaign contributions in other peoples' names [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Colombian Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release, in Spanish] a proposal to hold a referendum on amending the country's constitution [text, in Spanish] to allow for a third presidential term. Passed by a vote of 62-5, the measure would allow current two-term Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday on the limits of detaining terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] who are not actual members of terrorist groups under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli High Court of Justice [official website] on Tuesday ordered the government to fund non-Orthodox conversion institutions. The decision, handed down by a three-judge panel, breaks the monopoly [Jerusalem Post report] that Orthodox conversion institutions hold over public conversion funding. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism [advocacy [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted 90-5 [roll call] to pass the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights [text, PDF]. Among the provisions included in the bill are restrictions on retroactive interest rate increases, a mandatory 45-day notice for all proposed interest rate increases, and a requirement [read more]

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