Legal news from Monday, October 31, 2011
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases regarding ineffective assistance of counsel [Cornell LII backgrounder]. In both cases [JURIST report], the court is being asked to determine how poor legal advice from attorneys to clients regarding plea bargaining should impact [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Militia from the Libyan city of Misrata are torturing and terrorizing the displaced supporters of deceased former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], according to a report [text] released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. Most of the victims are either unarmed civilians or detainees. [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to rule on whether crosses placed beside highways as memorials to deceased Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) [official website] troopers is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The court denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in the combined cases of Utah Highway [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Tunisia State News Agency (TAP) [official website] announced Monday that the Tunisian Justice Ministry has issued a warrant [TAP report] for Suha Arafat, the widow for former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [JURIST news archive]. The warrant was issued last week as "part of a corruption case related to [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday convicted [press release] former Serb nationalist and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive] of contempt and sentenced him [judgment, PDF] to 18 months in prison for revealing the names of protected witnesses [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was adjourned on Sunday and will not resume until December 28. Mubarak and his co-defendants were present in the courtroom for the short hearing at which the lengthy adjournment was announced. Mubarak is facing charges [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian Court of Appeal [official website] on Monday ruled that a law prohibiting college students from taking part in political activities is unconstitutional. The suit, filed by four International Islamic University of Malaysia [official website] students in 2010, challenged the constitutionality of the 1971 Universities and University Colleges [read more]

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