Legal news from Friday, October 2, 2009
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday released a detailed judgment [text, PDF] to accompany a July declaration [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] that former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive] violated the Constitution of Pakistan [text] when he declared emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] in November [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled Thursday that Russia intefered with the freedom of religion [judgment text] by refusing to register two Scientology groups as "religious organizations." Russian authorities had rejected attempts by Scientologist branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk to register because they did not [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Irish voters went to the polls for a second time Friday to vote on the European Union (EU) reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty [EU materials; text]. Irish voters previously rejected the treaty, and Ireland agreed in June to hold a second referendum [JURIST reports] after EU [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted 258-163 [roll call] to approve a non-binding motion to instruct conferees [CSPAN backgrounder] to prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to the US for any reason, including prosecution and incarceration. The motion, introduced by Rep. [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Myanmar court on Friday upheld a sentence of house arrest imposed on opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Suu Kyi was convicted [JURIST report] in August of violating state security laws and sentenced to an additional 18 months of house arrest for [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Zimbabwean rights activist Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] and eight others have sued the government for abduction, wrongful arrest, and torture, their lawyer said Thursday. The suit comes after Zimbabwe's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed charges [JURIST report] of conspiring against President Robert Mugabe [BBC backgrounder; [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine judge on Thursday charged [text, PDF, in Spanish] former president and current senator Carlos Menem [official profile; BBC profile] for allegedly covering up evidence related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Menem, born in Argentina to Syrian immigrants, is accused of [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Tena Callahan of the 302nd Family District Court [official website] in Texas ruled Thursday that her Dallas family court has jurisdiction to hear the divorce proceedings of a Texas same-sex couple who were married in Massachusetts in 2006. In her ruling, Callahan also said that the Texas ban [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order [text] making it illegal for federal employees or government contractors to use text messaging while driving. The order encompasses employee use of government owned or leased cars, as well as privately owned cars used for government business. The order [read more]

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