Legal news from Friday, December 11, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian] on Friday ordered a recount [press release, PDF; in Romanian] of void ballots from the country's disputed presidential election. After the first round of elections in November produced no clear winner, incumbent Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] and Social [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's federal opposition parties combined Thursday to pass an unusual measure seeking to compel the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to release confidential records concerning the treatment of detainees captured by Canadian troops in Afghanistan. In an effort to shed light on alleged prisoner abuse by Afghans [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 223-202 [roll call vote] Friday to approve a bill [HR 4173 materials] that would create a consumer financial protection agency and strengthen oversight of the financial industry. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 [materials] would also create [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] said Thursday that last week's nightclub fire in Perm [BBC report] exposed widespread corruption [press release, in Russian; video, in Russian] among bureaucrats. At a cabinet meeting, Putin said that documents were falsified and officials were bribed to look the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] approved a bill Thursday that would protect journalists' abilities to shield sources in federal court proceedings. Under the Free Flow of Information Act [S 448 materials], which was approved 14-5, the federal government would not be able compel a journalist to produce [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A California judge on Thursday tentatively ruled [opinion, PDF] that a 2003 Colorado River water use agreement is invalid. The agreement settled a dispute over how to divide the Colorado River between California and six other states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Under the agreement, California [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a lawsuit seeking to declare parts of the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] unconstitutional must be dismissed for lack of standing. Brandon Mayfield [JURIST news archive], an attorney arrested [JURIST report] in 2004 [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Ugandan Parliament [official website] voted unanimously Thursday to outlaw [press release] female genital mutilation (FGM) [UN backgrounder]. Under the new legislation [AFP report], anyone who conducts the procedure faces a 10-year prison sentence, and anyone convicted of aggravated FGM faces life imprisonment. Aggravated FGM would include situations where [read more]

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