Legal news from Thursday, March 4, 2010
13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A German court in Dusseldorf on Thursday convicted four Islamists of conspiracy to murder and belonging to a foreign terrorist group for plotting to destroy US facilities within Germany. The four men, members of the radical Islamic Jihad Union [NCTC backgrounder], were apprehended [NYT report] in September 2007 while [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Oklahoma [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that a state law [SB 1878, DOC] imposing broad restrictions on abortion violates the state constitution. The law required women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure and contained sections on requirements [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday criticized [text] the state of human rights in Sri Lanka, Iran, and several other countries, while presenting her annual report [press release] to the 13th Session [official website] of the Human Rights Council [official website]. Pillay described [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official profile] on Thursday proposed [Telegraph report] tighter restrictions on the use of politically motivated arrest warrants for foreign leaders accused of war crimes. Brown said that he would seek to make tougher "the evidential basis on which arrest warrants can be allowed" and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A bill was introduced Wednesday to the US Senate [official website] that would allow gay soldiers to serve openly in the US military. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) [official website] introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 [text, PDF], which would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government of Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged Wednesday to strengthen copyright laws [text]. Announcing government policy in the Speech from the Throne [official website] opening the third session of the Canada's fortieth Parliament, Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean [official website] said that tightening intellectual property [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Guatemalan authorities have arrested two high-ranking police officials leading the country's war on drugs on charges of corruption and drug trafficking, Guatemalan Attorney General Amilcar Velasquez [official website, in Spanish] announced [audio, in Spanish] Tuesday. Police Chief Baltazar Gonzalez and anti-narcotics official Nelly Bonilla were arrested Tuesday in connection [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Women's rights and opportunities have increased in nearly all Middle Eastern and North African countries over the last five years, but women in those countries still face many obstacles in achieving equality, according to a Freedom House [advocacy website] report [materials] released Wednesday. The report found that in general, [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the dissolved Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] will reconvene to ratify a one-month extension to the current state of emergency. Rajapaksa dissolved parliament [JURIST report] last month to prepare for April elections, but, under the Sri Lankan [read more]

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