Legal news from Friday, January 22, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] on Thursday overturned a law that allowed the prosecution of military personnel in civilian courts and prevented military prosecution of civilians during peacetime. The court was unanimous [AA report] in its decision to overturn the law, which was seen as [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, in Chinese] spokesman Ma Zhaoxu [official profile] stated in a press conference Thursday that Chinese human rights lawyer and activist Gao Zhisheng [JURIST news archive] is "where he should be." Ma stated that holding Gao in Chinese custody since February 2009 comports with the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] European Union (EU) [official website] justice ministers considered Friday whether to use "enhanced cooperation" [EU backgrounder] to enable some EU countries to work together to create uniform marriage laws for mixed-nationality couples. Incoming EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding [official website] said that she would enter a demand [AFP report] [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov [official profile; BBC profile] said Friday that nuclear arms reduction negotiations with the US are likely to resume in early February and will soon result in a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty. The treaty is to be the successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A presidential task force has recommended that 35 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] prisoners face trial or military commissions [AP report], the Associated Press reported on Friday. Government officials said that the proceedings for these detainees will most likely be carried out on US soil. The 35 detainees named [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Imam Hassen Chalghoumi of Paris gave his support Friday to a proposed law that would ban wearing the burqa [JURIST news archive] or niqab in public. In an interview [text, in French] with Le Parisien, Chalghoumi said that the full veil is not a part of French culture and [read more]

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[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [official profile] said Friday that Haitians who arrived illegally after last week's earthquake [JURIST news archive] would be sent back to Haiti. Napolitano told a news conference [Reuters report] that Haitians should not view the earthquake as an open opportunity to migrate [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Nigeria’s cabinet must pass a resolution within 14 days on whether ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile] is capable of running the country, according to an order issued on Friday by Judge Dan Abutu of Federal High Court in Abuja. Yar'Adua has been absent from the country for two [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, in Chinese] spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu on Friday accused the US [press release] of harming bilateral relations with China after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official website], gave a speech [text] promoting Internet freedom and criticizing censorship. Though she did not overtly attack China, Clinton [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Friday that two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to Algeria [press release]. Hassan Zumiri had spent more than seven years in the Guantanamo detention center, while Adil Hadi al-Jazairi bin Hamlili [NYT profiles] had been held [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously overturned [opinion, PDF; case materials] a 2003 law limiting the amount of marijuana that may be possessed under the state's Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) [materials]. The court ruled that Health and Safety Code § 11362.77 [text], allowing patients to possess [read more]

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[JURIST] Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment [text] of seven more individuals [press release, PDF] in connection with the probe surrounding Galleon Group [partnership website] hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam [Financial Times profile, JURIST news archive] and former hedge fund consultant Danielle Chiesi. The seven defendants were originally arrested [read more]

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[JURIST] US President Barack Obama proposed new banking rules [statement; press release] Thursday that he claims would stabilize the banking system and reduce the risk of future bank failures. The legislation [Washington Post report] would prohibit banks from owning, investing or sponsoring hedge funds, private equity funds, or proprietary trading [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan officials on Thursday announced the creation of a special tribunal to hear legal claims dealing with HIV [JURIST news archive], including discrimination and medical confidentiality cases. The tribunal will have the legal standing and powers of a subordinate court, and will be under the office of the Attorney [read more]

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[JURIST] Zimbabwean state-run media on Thursday announced [AFP report] the suspension of governmental efforts to collect public opinions on a new constitution for the country. Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, co-chairman of the committee charged with drafting the document, cited financial and logistical concerns, as well as disagreements over who would be [read more]

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[JURIST] EU officials told US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] Thursday that European airports will not install body scanning technology until the countries have studied the effectiveness, safety, and threat to privacy of such devices. The US already has placed body scanners in some airports, [read more]

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