Legal news from Monday, July 13, 2009
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] during confirmation hearings [materials; video] that she would bring to the Court a judicial philosophy rooted in "fidelity to the law." During her opening statement, Sotomayor emphasized [read more]

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[JURIST] Myanmar is processing grants of amnesty [press release; recorded video, RealPlayer] to prisoners to allow them to participate in the 2010 general elections, ambassador U Than Swe told the UN Security Council [official website] on Monday. Additionally, Swe maintained that the country intended to implement other recommendations proposed by [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] began confirmation hearings [materials; video] Monday for Supreme Court [official website] Associate Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile], with Democratic and Republican senators offered contrasting interpretations of Sotomayor's judicial record and philosophy. In his opening remarks [text], committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy [read more]

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[JURIST] Ugandan officials announced Monday that they plan to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on war crimes charges if he enters the country, pursuant to an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrant [JURIST news archive]. The announcement followed a meeting [AP report] between Ugandan [read more]

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[JURIST] Accused Nigerian rebel leader Henry Okah was released on Monday after the government dropped treason and gun trafficking charges against him. The government alleges that Okah is the leader of the rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) [BBC backgrounder], which has been conducting armed attacks [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] began his defense [case materials] Monday against war crimes charges [indictment, PDF] that include 11 counts of crimes against humanity, violations of the Geneva Conventions, and other violations of international humanitarian law. Taylor's trial continues in the Special Court for Sierra [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that Nicaragua has interfered with Costa Rica's right of free navigation on the San Juan river, which separates the two Central American nations. Costa Rica filed a complaint [case materials] in the ICJ in 2005, arguing that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutors on Monday filed charges [press release, in German] against alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive] for being an accessory to murder during World War II. Demjanjuk faces 27,900 accessory counts stemming from his alleged involvement as a guard at the Sobibor [Death [read more]

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[JURIST] The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] has urged adherence to Iraqi antiquities law in a report on damage to the ancient city of Babylon before and since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. A committee composed of Iraqi and international archaeologists said in [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] on Friday announced changes to immigration enforcement policies [press release] for state and local agencies. Created by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] agency, the changes affect agreements made between DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] and [read more]

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