Legal news from Wednesday, November 23, 2011
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A French appeals court ruled Wednesday that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] can be extradited to Panama. Noriega faces charges of human rights violations in Panama for crimes allegedly committed during his 1981-1989 rule. He was already convicted on three counts of human rights [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber [official website] on Tuesday issued a temporary reprieve for death row inmate Gary Haugen and called for an end [press release] to the state's death penalty [JURIST news archive]. The state has executed only two individuals in the last 49 years and each execution was [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned the recent violent clashes [press release] between Egyptian security forces and protesters and called for an independent investigation into the situation. Pillay "urge[d] the Egyptian authorities to end the clearly excessive use of force against protestors [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Wednesday the ICC would allow Libya to conduct the trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile]. Despite concern from human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch [advocacy website], about whether [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Human Rights Committee on Tuesday approved a draft resolution [materials] condemning recent human rights violations in Syria [press release; video]. The non-binding resolution, drafted by the UK, France and Germany, passed by a vote of 122-13, with 41 abstentions. The resolution, "Strongly condemns the continued [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Merck & Co [corporate website] reached a settlement agreement Tuesday with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], agreeing to pay $950 million in criminal and civil penalties. The agreement [text, PDF] includes $321 million in criminal fines and $628 million in civil fines as well as submitting [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed a challenge [complaint, PDF; press release] to Utah's controversial immigration law [HB 497 materials; JURIST news archive]. The measure was signed into law [JURIST report] in March by Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] and requires police to [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday consolidated [order, PDF] the ongoing Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive] case with an appeal of a denied motion to vacate [JURIST report] District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling due to conflict of interest. Walker, who initially [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [official website] on Tuesday found former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] guilty of war crimes after a symbolic trial [JURIST report]. The duo was found guilty on charges in connection to [read more]

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