Legal news from Sunday, March 21, 2010
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi election officials on Sunday rejected allegations of fraud and calls for a recount of the ballots from the March 7 parliamentary election [CEIP backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Despite the demands for a recount [statement, in Arabic] Saturday by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile], [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank "illegal," during a press conference [BBC report] Saturday. The statement comes two weeks after Israel announced [Haaretz report] the construction of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], where Palestinians hope to establish [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A New York state appeals court ruled [text, PDF] Thursday that the state's courts have jurisdiction to hear requests to annul civil unions performed in other states. The Third Judicial Department Appellate Division [official website] reversed a 2008 Schenectady County Supreme Court [official website] decision, citing multiple protections New [read more]

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