Legal news from Wednesday, September 29, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] More than 500 international, US, state and local human rights and immigration advocacy organizations sent a letter [text, PDF] to US President Barack Obama Wednesday expressing concern over the use of local law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of federal immigration law. The organizations, which included the Southern Poverty [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday upheld the war crimes conviction [press release] former Croatian Parliament [official website] member Branimir Glavas [JURIST news archive] for ordering the torture and death of Croatian Serbs in the town of Osijek in 1991 during the Serbo-Croatian War [GlobalSecurity [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Bombay High Court [official website] on Tuesday allowed an appeal by Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], the lone gunmen to survive the three-day siege of Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166 in November 2008. Kasab, a Pakistani national, filed the appeal in June after [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The National People's Congress [official website, in Chinese] never considered removing the death penalty [JURIST news archive] as a punishment for corruption during the consideration of an amendment to the criminal code, legislator Chen Sixi stated [Xinhua report] Tuesday. The proposed amendment, which would reduce the number of capital [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website, in French] began considering [session summary, in French] Tuesday a new bill [No. 2400 text, in French] that would would make it easier to deport illegal immigrants and strip immigrants accused of violent crimes of their French citizenship. The proposal, which supporters argue will [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday announced a collaborative project that will support and strengthen regional courts in the former Yugoslavia [press release]. The ICTY, partnered with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Icelandic Parliament [official website, in Icelandic] on Tuesday voted [materials, in Icelandic] 33-30 to refer charges against former prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] to the Landsdomur, a special court created to try government ministers. Haarde is the first world leader charged [AP report] in relation [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] granted a stay [text, PDF] Tuesday allowing federal funding for stem cell research [JURIST news archive] to continue pending a full appeal. After hearing oral arguments on Monday, the three-judge panel dissolved the temporary stay [order, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (OSCJ) [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] several provisions of Canada's anti-prostitution laws, citing the danger they generate for sex workers. Invalidated were provisions of § 210, § 212 and § 213 of the Canadian Criminal Code [texts], which proscribe [read more]

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