Legal news from Saturday, February 19, 2011

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday denied [opinion, PDF] a petition for writ of habeas corpus of a Yemeni man currently detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Judge Ricardo Urbina held that the government proved by a preponderance … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday issued a second arrest warrant for former military president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for not appearing in court for charges related to the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Authorities were unable to … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenneth Marende, Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly [official website], ruled [text] Thursday that four nominations made by President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] had violated the requirement of consultation with the prime minister under the new constitution [text, PDF; JURIST news archive]. In the ruling, Marende found that Kibaki's … [read more]

[JURIST] A US military tribunal on Friday sentenced Sudanese Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Noor Uthman Mohammed [DOD materials] to 14 years in prison following a plea agreement [JURIST report] in which he admitted to helping al Qaeda and providing material support to terrorism. Mohammed admitted earlier this week … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] reached a split decision on Friday in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella, convicting him of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy, and acquitting him of 27 counts, including … [read more]

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