Legal news from Thursday, February 9, 2012
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq [JURIST news archive] has executed 65 people [press release] so far this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Thursday. HRW said those executed were convicted of various crimes and counted a total of 51 in January and 14 in February. HRW also called for a moratorium [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday denied [text, PDF] Ohio's request to put a condemned killer to death, effectively putting the state's executions on hold. Without comment, the court refused [AP report] to allow Ohio to execute Charles Lorraine, a 45-year-old man who was convicted in 1986 [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder, along with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan [official websites] and 49 state attorneys general announced [press release; official website] Thursday that a $25 billion agreement was reached with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and [read more]

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[JURIST] The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [advocacy website], a consumer privacy group, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] asking that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] block Google's [corporate website] proposed privacy policy changes [read more]

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[JURIST] The implementation of the rule of law in Haiti is making significant progress [press release], UN Independent Expert Michel Forst said Wednesday. Forst focused on improvements such as the establishment of judicial offices, the adoption of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [text, PDF] and the [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said Thursday he would remain in the country [BBC video] and try to regain his office after reports indicated that a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The specific charges are unclear [BBC report], but Nasheed maintains that the warrant is politically motivated. [read more]

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[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday convicted [press release, in Spanish] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, after a trial lasting less than one month [JURIST report]. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand [read more]

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[JURIST] A rising crime rate in Caribbean nations is one of the main challenges threatening those nations' economies, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. According to the Caribbean Human Development Report 2012, the "region is home to 8.5 percent of the world's population, yet it [read more]

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[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday approved [press release, in Russian] legislation imposing stricter penalties for individuals convicted of sex offenses against minors. The legislation, initiated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive], prohibits probation and sentence deferrals for perpetrators [read more]

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[JURIST] US and Arab Gulf states are not legally bound by a decision to grant immunity to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] and should refrain from doing so, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text] released Wednesday. Last month, [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] on Wednesday allowed "secret evidence" to be used against an Iraqi refugee for terrorism charges, finding probable cause that he is "an agent of a foreign power." Mohanad Shareef Hammadi is charged with attempting [read more]

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[JURIST] The Washington state House of Representatives [official website] voted 53-43 Wednesday to approve a bill [HB 6239] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. Washington currently grants expanded domestic partnership rights [JURIST report] rather than full marriage or civil union rights to same-sex couples. The Senate passed the bill [JURIST [read more]

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