Legal news from Tuesday, December 22, 2009
13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Lithuanian Parliament [official website, in Lithuanian] National Security Committee reported Tuesday that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] established two secret prisons [JURIST news archive] for al Qaeda suspects in the Baltic country. Lawmakers demanded the investigation [JURIST report] in October after ABC News reported in [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Beijing police issued a formal arrest warrant Monday for a man who organized a website for parents whose children became ill from drinking tainted milk [JURIST news archive] last year. Zhao Lianhai has been charged [Reuters report] with picking quarrels and provoking trouble. Zhao's website, "Kidney Stone Babies" [advocacy [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text; press release] Tuesday that Bosnia's constitution [text] illegally discriminates against ethnic minorities by not allowing them to run for high political office. The Bosnian Constitution distinguishes between "constituent peoples," which include Bosniacs, Croats, and Serbs, and "others," [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a law addressing how a 2011 referendum for southern independence will be conducted. Agreed to earlier this month [JURIST report] by leaders of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) [party website] of President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the Sudan People's [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections [official website] said Monday that the state will begin transferring prisoners out of state to reduce prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive]. State officials will transfer 2,000 prisoners [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report], with 1,000 going to a facility in Michigan and another 1,000 [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico City's local assembly [official website, in Spanish] approved a same-sex marriage law [text, PDF; in Spanish] on Monday, seeking to extend equal rights to gay couples throughout the city. The proposed legislation would allow for marriage, adoption, inheritance, and other human, economic, and social rights. The provisions also [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Galleon Group [partnership website] hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam [Financial Times profile] and former hedge fund consultant Danielle Chiesi pleaded not guilty Monday to insider trading charges. The pair were indicted [text, PDF; JURIST report] last week by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges of conspiracy and [read more]

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