Legal news from Friday, June 25, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Friday announced the opening of a new high-security courtroom in Kenya [press release] that will hear maritime piracy cases as well as cases involving other serious criminal offenses. The courtroom, opened on Thursday, was funded through contributions the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's decision to ease restrictions [JURIST report] on stem cell research [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit was originally dismissed [JURIST report] by the district court in [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Romanian Constitutional Court [official website, in Romanian] on Friday ruled that a government plan to reduce pension funds by 15 percent was unconstitutional, jeopardizing a pending billion dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) [official website] needed to stabilize the Romanian economy. The planned decrease in the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Hamas [JURIST news archive] authorities to allow captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [advocacy website, in Hebrew; BBC backgrounder] to communicate with his family and receive visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website]. Shalit [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] on Friday reached an agreement on the financial reform bills [HR 4173 materials; S 3217 materials] passed by each chamber, which focus on increasing regulation in the financial sector following the recent economic crisis [JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in coordination with the UNAIDS Secretariat [official websites], on Thursday launched the Global Commission on HIV and the Law [press release] in order to better understand the role played by the law in facilitating universal access to AIDS prevention and treatment. The commission is [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] on Friday ruled that removing a patient from life support is not a criminal offense [judgment, in German] if the terminal individual had previously given consent. The landmark ruling legalized [press release, in German] the right to die [JURIST [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Thursday sentenced five Americans to 10 years in prison for plotting attacks on Pakistan. Waqar Hussain Khan, Ahmed Minni, Ramy Zamzam, Aman Yemer and Umar Farooq, all students from the Washington, DC metro area, were convicted [AP report] of criminal conspiracy and funding a [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 219 to 206 [roll call] to approve legislation [HR 5175 materials] aimed at decreasing the ability of corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections. The bill, known as the Disclose Act, was developed in response to the [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Gabon police arrested Rwandan doctor Jean-Chrysostome Ndindabahizi [INTERPOL warrant] on charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and murder in connection to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder, JURIST news archive], according to Rwandan National Public Prosecution Authority [official website] spokesperson Augustin Nkusi on Thursday. Witnesses say [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to delay the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] in order for his defense lawyers to review a decision by US Supreme Court [official website] limiting the scope of the federal honest services fraud statute [18 [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment; press release] 4-3 that the European Convention on Human Rights [text] does not mandate that member states recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive]. The applicants, an Austrian same-sex couple, argued that their country's prohibition on same-sex [read more]

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