Legal news from Thursday, November 10, 2011

[JURIST] Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Thursday to taking bribes worth €10 million from Hungarian energy group MOL in exchange for allowing MOL a dominant position in Croatia's oil and gas group INA [corporate websites]. Hernadi and MOL have also denied the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday voted to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST archive], marking the first time a Congressional group has voted to repeal the law banning same-sex marriage. The vote was split along party lines, with 10 Democrats voting in … [read more]

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal court ruled Wednesday that work on a dam [Belo Monte backgrounder] being constructed on the Xingu River in the Amazon jungle may continue. The Federal Court of the First Region [official website, in Portuguese] had ordered that dam construction cease [JURIST report] until indigenous groups are … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] on Thursday upheld the rape conviction of former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile]. The court rejected [AP article] Katsav's appeal of his conviction for rape, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, finding that he misused his position as president, from … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexican security forces have committed widespread rights abuses [press release], such as torture and forced disappearances, in combating organized crime, according to a report [text, PDF] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, "Neither Rights Nor Security," details HRW's investigation into the actions of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Wednesday denied a petition for rehearing [order, PDF] regarding its unanimous decision to vacate a district court ruling that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST backgrounder] was a violation of service members' … [read more]

[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Thursday passed the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 [text, PDF; materials] which requires that cigarettes be sold in generic olive green packages, without brands or logos. The packages will also have warnings of the potential health risks of smoking. Australia is the first … [read more]

[JURIST] Alleged al Qaeda senior leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] made his first court appearance [materials] Wednesday, his first public appearance since he was captured in Dubai in 2002. Nashiri is charged with war crimes [NYT report] under the Military Commission Act of 2009 [text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases on preemption. In National Meat Association v. Harris [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered where the federal regime of slaughterhouse regulation as established by the Federal Meat Inspection Act ("FMIA") [text], as … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called Wednesday for universal accession [statement] to the Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II) [text, PDF]. The comments came as part of the secretary's message to the 13th Annual Conference on … [read more]

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