Legal news from Friday, January 15, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday strongly criticized [press release; UN News Centre report] proposed legislation [text, PDF] in Uganda which would implement harsh punishments for homosexual behavior, including the death penalty in some circumstances. The bill includes provisions which would allow sentences [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, DOC] in five cases. In Doe v. Reed [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the First Amendment allows a state to compel the release of identity information about petition signers. The [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The corruption trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; BBC profile] resumed Friday but was immediately postponed to February 27. Judges for the tenth section of the Milan Tribunal [official website, in Italian] postponed the trial [Corriere della Sera report, in Italian] as requested by [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese lawyers and US-based rights group ChinaAid [advocacy website] on Friday called on [press release] Beijing police to conduct a search for missing Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [JURIST news archive]. Police reported Thursday that Gao, who has been in police custody since February, went missing in September. Gao's [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration is considering bringing charges in a Washington, DC, federal court against Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Riduan Isamuddin [BBC profile], the suspected planner of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing [BBC backgrounder], the Associated Press reported [text] Friday. According to the AP, administration officials have begun [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, Russian] on Thursday passed a resolution to ratify [ECHR press release] Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF], making the Russian Federation the last Council of Europe (COE) [official website] member-state to ratify the provision. The ratification passed with [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Thursday testified [hearing materials] before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) that combating financial fraud is a priority for the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites]. When asked whether the reallocation of DOJ staff from financial fraud to terrorism investigations over [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Honduran Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] judge on Thursday charged top military personnel with abuse of power for removing former president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from the country after he was ousted from power last June. Supreme Court President Jorge Rivera [official profile, in [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday that four men have been charged in connection with the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and an attempted attack on a Danish newspaper. The superseding indictment [text, PDF] reiterates [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday declined [order] to hear an appeal brought by an anti-abortion advocate who refused to pay taxes on the basis that the money could be used to fund abortion [JURIST news archive]. David Little was convicted in 2007 of tax evasion [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a law allowing Washington DC to recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed elsewhere is not subject to a public referendum. Reverend Harry Jackson, along with 39 Republican congressmen [Wasington Post [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Communist Party of China (CPC) [Global Security backgrounder] will increase its oversight [China Daily report] of the families of government officials to control corruption, the state-controlled China Daily [media website] reported Wednesday. A communique released Wednesday by the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection [official website, in Chinese], [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday the conviction of seven former Soviet officials, including Joseph Stalin [BBC profile], on genocide charges stemming from the 1932-1933 Holodomor famine [InfoUkes backgrounder]. The court of appeals in Kiev reviewed evidence for two days before determining [read more]

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