Legal news from Sunday, January 2, 2011

[JURIST] The Obama administration has filed a motion [text; PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] to delay the briefing schedule in US v. Log Cabin Republicans, a case regarding the constitutionality of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § … [read more]

[JURIST] Iranian chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi delivered a speech at Tehran University on Friday indicating that he would prosecute opposition leaders for political unrest that took place after the country's 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Dolatabadi threatened to prosecute [NYT report] former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi … [read more]

[JURIST] The Yemeni Parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday agreed in principle to adopt a constitutional amendment that will abolish presidential term limits. Currently, the Yemeni constitution [text, PDF] permits the president to sit for a maximum of two consecutive seven-year terms, but the draft amendment would shorten the … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for jailed former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense profile; JURIST news archive] and his business partner, Platon Lebedev [defense profile], filed an appeal Friday challenging their six-year extended sentences for embezzlement and fraud. Unless the appeal succeeds, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev are expected to remain imprisoned through 2017 … [read more]

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