Legal news from Thursday, September 22, 2011

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Thursday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [official website] was not liable [text, PDF] for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC), finding governmental immunity. The plaintiffs argued that the operation of the parking … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Thursday ordered the trials of four alleged Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leaders be split into a series of smaller trials [order, PDF]. The ECCC said that the separation of trials will allow the tribunal to deliberate … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi [BBC backgrounder] was arrested Wednesday in Tamaghza, Tunisia, near the border with Algeria, according to Tunisian authorities. Al-Mahmoudi was sentenced to six months in prison for illegal entering the country [BBC report]. Al-Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Muammar Gaddafi [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] The British government announced Thursday that it would pay reparations to the families of those killed or wounded in Northern Ireland's 1972 Bloody Sunday, the day on which members of the British Army's Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights marchers in Londonderry. The shooting killed 13 Northern Ireland … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed two cases filed by former Iraqi detainees who claimed they had been tortured by civilian contractors at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] near Baghdad. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to dismiss both cases, … [read more]

[JURIST] The state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday night after his eleventh-hour appeal for clemency was denied [order, PDF] by the US Supreme Court. Davis was put to death by lethal injection, the three-drug cocktail that first put the condemned man in an … [read more]

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