Legal news from Friday, December 24, 2010

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] voted 350-59 on Friday to approve the New START nuclear arms treaty [materials, PDF; JURIST news archive] with the US, after just hours of debate. The New START treaty replaces the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty [materials], with Russia and the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Swiss judge on Thursday called for the prosecution of three engineers who have links to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] for allegedly smuggling nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan. After six years of investigation, Swiss federal magistrate Andreas Mueller recommended [The Independent report] that the three engineers … [read more]

[JURIST] The American rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the US and European Union (EU) [official website] to renew full sanctions against Belarus in the wake of post-election unrest. Freedom House commended U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European High Representative Catherine Ashton [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alaska Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an election challenged filed by Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller [campaign website], allowing certification of the November results to move forward. Miller claimed that errors in the counting of election ballots and voter registration led to the write-in … [read more]

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