Legal news from Monday, August 17, 2009
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ordered [text, PDF] a federal court in Georgia to consider the case of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis [defense website]. Davis had filed an original writ of habeas corpus [cert. petition, PDF] directly in the Supreme Court. [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Monday that it was required to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text] as long as "reasonable arguments can be made in support of [its] constitutionality" despite the administration's belief that the law is discriminatory. Arthur Smelt and [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba [BBC profile] was acquitted Monday of charges stealing money from the country's treasury while in office from 1991-2001. Chiluba and two Zambian businessmen, Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu, faced a total of 12 counts of theft of public funds for their alleged involvement in [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet on Monday approved a draft bill that would require a referendum on the US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [text, PDF], which allows US troops to remain in the country until the end of 2011. When the SOFA was originally reached and entered into effect on [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Fiji is seeking foreign judges to replace judicial officers whose appointments were revoked after an April suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution, according to a Sunday report [text] from Sri Lanka's Sunday Times. Fijian Chief Justice Anthony Gates interviewed candidates in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] must indict and try senior Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) officers suspected of war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged in a letter [text; press release] released Monday. HRW had previously written [letter text] to Chief Prosecutor Hassan Jallow [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] UK human rights group Reprieve [advocacy website] announced Monday that it is initiating legal action [filing letter, PDF; press release] against the British government over the rendition of two terrorism suspects to Afghanistan. The two men were arrested by British troops in Iraq in 2004 and sent to the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Shiite militia are systematically torturing and killing gay men [press release] without government repercussions, according to report [text, PDF] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. According to the report, violence against men perceived as gay or too "feminine" has recently been on the rise, with [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian officials on Sunday began the trial of at least 25 people detained during protests following the recent contested presidential election [JURIST news archive]. The defendants are accused [AFP report] of a range of crimes including participating in illegal demonstrations and vandalizing public property. More than 100 protesters were [read more]

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