Legal news from Friday, March 25, 2011

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday filed a petition [press release] with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], challenging a case brought against him in Spain that alleges abuse of power in investigating crimes committed under the Franco dictatorship … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colorado Senate [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [SB 172 text, PDF] that would grant same-sex couples the legal right to civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The Colorado Civil Unions Act [legislative history] says that the legal benefits, protections and responsibilities that the law gives married couples … [read more]

[JURIST] The Civil Court of Thailand on Friday ordered the core leaders of the People's Alliance of Democracy (PAD) [party website; BBC backgrounder], or "yellow shirts," to pay 522 million baht (USD $17 million) in damages to the Airports of Thailand (AOT) [official website] in connection with a massive 2008 … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea [Huffington Post report], reports [BBC report] on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday condemned [judgment, PDF; in Spanish] the Uruguayan government for its role in the abduction and death of an Argentinean woman in the 1970s, effectively overturning the country's amnesty law. Maria Claudia Garcia Iruretagoyena de Gelman was … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a suit by former assistant US Attorney Richard Convertino in which the former prosecutor accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] of violating the Administrative Procedures Act and his right to privacy. Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] told the press during a visit to Cairo Thursday that he is 100 percent certain his office will bring charges against Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Ocampo said that his office is coordinating with a … [read more]

[JURIST] An adviser for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Thursday announced that the government would consider lifting the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law and would work to better protect citizens' human rights. Presidential spokesperson Buthaina Shaaban said that the government might repeal the emergency law [AFP … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday declined to rule [certification, PDF] on an order [text; JURIST report] enjoining Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette [official website] from publishing a legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions. The case will move on … [read more]

[JURIST] An Argentine court sentenced former general Luciano Benjamin Menendez [Project Disappeared profile; JURIST news archive] to life in prison on Wednesday for the 1976 attack and murder of five urban guerrilla group members during the country's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Menendez is already currently serving … [read more]

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