Legal news from Monday, August 30, 2010
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan cabinet on Monday approved proposed constitutional reforms [press release] that would permit current President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] to seek an unlimited number of terms in office. The current number of terms for the executive, codified within Chapter VII of the Sri Lankan Constitution [materials], is [read more]

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[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive] argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Monday that Bemba lacks the financial resources to ensure a fair trial over war crimes he allegedly committed in 2002 and 2003. [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A forthcoming UN report claims that troops from Rwanda and allied rebels committed crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archives] that could be classified as genocide if proven by the appropriate court, according to media reports. The draft report, first publicized by French newspaper Le [read more]

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[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] on Friday called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove any mention of Arizona [letter, PDF] and its passage of SB 1070 [JURIST news archive] from a human rights report [text, PDF; JURIST report] issued by the State Department. The report, submitted [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi has been named by multiple Iranian news sources as one of three top judicial officials who were suspended in connection with the torture deaths of three detained protesters, multiple Iranian media outlets reported [AFP report] Monday. The suspensions were announced last week [JURIST report], but [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday urged Kenya to reaffirm its commitment [press release] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] after it welcomed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] to a celebration for the country's adoption of a [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive] on Friday asked the US Supreme Court [official website] to reconsider a ruling [cert. petition, PDF] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] finding that the company committed patent infringement [JURIST report] and awarding Canadian-based software [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a decision issued last year by the US Court of Federal Claims [official website] finding insufficient evidence [JURIST report] to establish a link between childhood vaccines and autism in three test cases. The [read more]

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