Legal news from Monday, October 4, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Amsterdam District Court adjourned the trial [prosecution materials, in Dutch] of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] Monday after a lawyer for Wilders accused a judge of bias. After Wilders, on trial for making inflammatory statements against Islam, said he would not speak at [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] opened its October 2010 term Monday by hearing oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] in Ransom v. MBNA [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report]. In this case, the court is considering whether, in calculating a debtor's "projected disposable income" [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Many African nations are seeing a decline in democratic rights and the rule of law despite making economic advances, according to a survey [press release] Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation [advocacy website]. The annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance [text, XLS], established in 2007 by Sudanese businessman Mo [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court decided Monday not to drop additional charges against Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], further delaying his extradition to the US. The court denied US and Thai requests to drop the charges of money laundering and fraud against Bout and will [read more]

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