Legal news from Saturday, January 15, 2011

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Louisiana [official website] on Friday granted [text, PDF] the request of a Louisiana federal judge who sought to permanently resign from practicing law. Ex-federal judge Thomas Porteous [JURIST news archive] voluntarily surrendered his law license after being convicted on four articles of impeachment and removed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tunisia Constitutional Council on Saturday officially announced that President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali [official website] has permanetly left the office of the president. The council, the country's highest legal authority on constitutional issues, declared that the leader of the lower house of parliament, Foued Mebezza, will assume power … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards [official profile] was released from a federal prison Thursday after being allowed to finish the remainder of his sentence in home detention. Edwards has been in prison since 2002 when he was sentenced to 10 years for fraud [AP report], racketeering and extortion. The … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on Friday alleged that Israeli authorities had committed several illegal acts [press release] in the Palestinian territories [UNICEF backgrounder] since the start of the year, making the prospect of a viable Palestinian state unlikely. These events include the killing of four Palestinians by the … [read more]

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