Legal news from Friday, January 13, 2012
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Moldovan Constitutional Court [official website, in Romanian] on Thursday threw out the results [press release, in Romanian] of the recent presidential election and canceled the run off vote planned for January 15. The court ruled that many parliamentary deputies violated the secrecy of the voting procedure [RIA Novosti [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar released over 130 political prisoners [AI report] Friday following announcement by the Burma State Media of a presidential pardon that will free a total of 651 prisoners. Among those released were Hitay Kywe and U Gambira, leaders of a 2007 revolt, Min Ko Naing, student leader of a [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has defended [text, PDF] the use of recess appointments [CRS backgrounder, PDF] by President Barack Obama [official website]. Obama used recess appointments to install Richard Cordray [WP backgrounder] as director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau [official website] and appoint three [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Warsaw Provincial Court handed down a two-year suspended sentence to former interior minister Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak Thursday. The court found Kiszczak guilty in absentia in relation to the implementation of martial law [Polish government backgrounder] in 1981. Martial law was declared on December 13, 1981, by Gen. Wojciech [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government has given notice that the same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed in Canada between non-Canadian couples are invalid. This means that couples who came to Canada since 2004 to get married are not legally wed. The reversal is policy came to light when a lesbian couple [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, in Hebrew] a law that prevents Palestinians who marry Israelis from obtaining Israeli citizenship. The court upheld the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law [text, PDF] in a 6-5 ruling, approving the original version [text, PDF] from 2003 along [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Nigerian leaders from all sectors of society to make a concerted effort to stop the recent violence [press release] against civilians unleashed by the Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder]. Only a [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) [official websites] in the UK said [joint statement] Thursday that there was not enough evidence to try British intelligence agents for alleged complicity in the torture of two detainees. Both cases involve individuals detained by the US [read more]

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