Legal news from Wednesday, February 16, 2011

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday sentenced Somali pirate Abduwali Muse to 34 years in prison [FBI press release] for the 2009 hijacking of the vessel Maersk Alabama. Muse had originally pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in May … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted 86 to 12 [roll call vote] to extend three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text; JURIST news archive] through May 27. The measures were set to expire on February 28. The provisions extended include roving wiretaps, "lone wolf" terrorism … [read more]

[JURIST] District Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] granted a motion to amend [order, PDF] petitions for writs of habeas corpus on Tuesday for four detainees held at Bagram Air Force Base (Bagram) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Bates' … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday certified a slate of constitutional reforms submitted by President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile]. The court amended without explanation two of the 10 referendum questions [text, PDF; in Spanish] that Correa offered [JURIST report] last … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] voiced [press release] Wednesday the need for Bahrain to respect the rights of demonstrators. The announcement came after a news release [press release] Tuesday by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reporting that … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Wednesday issued a unanimous ruling [summary, PDF; press release] on several procedural issues, including the definition of terrorism, in judicial proceedings relating to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Indiana's House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an amendment [HJR 6 text; legislative materials] to the state's constitution that would ban same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] and civil unions and prohibit government recognition of those performed in other states. The proposed amendment, which passed by a margin of 70-26 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court's decision to grant habeas corpus to Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Saeed Hatim, blocking his release. In a per curiam opinion, the judges stated that the … [read more]

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