Legal news from Wednesday, February 15, 2012

[JURIST] An indictment against General Ilker Basbug [official website, in Turkish] was accepted by the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Wednesday, after Basbug's request to have his case heard by the Supreme State Council, a faction of Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish], was denied. The request was … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a statement [text] Tuesday condemning recent anti-gay actions by the government of Uganda [BBC backgrounder]. The statement came in response to a number of adverse actions against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists in the nation. Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for District of Colorado [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] on Monday that tribal sovereign immunity [NCAI backgrounder] applies to online money-lending sites. The court ruled that the defendants, members of several Native American tribes, did not waive all sovereign immunity claims when their online business … [read more]

[JURIST] Mullah Krekar, the founder of the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar Al Islam [CFR backgrounder], pleaded not guilty before a Norwegian district court on Wednesday to charges of condoning suicide bombings and making death threats against politicians. The prosecutor in the case, Marit Bakkevig, declared that Krekar, who has … [read more]

[JURIST] A military judge on Tuesday denied the request of suspected USS Cole bomber and Guantanamo inmate Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] to question Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh [BBC profile] as a witness in his case. The judge, US Army Colonel James Pohl, did not give … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ordered a referendum on a new constitution. The new constitution reportedly omits a clause [RFE/RL report] in the old document that describes the ruling Ba'ath Party as the "leader of the nation and society." The expressed intent of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] heard testimony [senate calendar, PDF] on Wednesday in consideration of a proposed bill [SB12-002 text, PDF] that would grant same-sex couples the right to civil unions. Same-sex couples traveled to Denver to testify [AP report] on behalf of the bill. The bill … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN envoy for Children and Armed Conflict [official website] on Monday urged [press release] all nations to ratify a treaty protocol that would criminalize recruitment of child soldiers and set the minimum age of recruitment at 18. The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court [official website] on Monday issued an opinion [text] refusing to impose a mandatory minimum sentence established by the Canadian federal government for firearm possession, declaring the guideline unconstitutional. Justice Anne Molloy ruled in the case of Leroy Smickle, who was convicted of possessing a loaded … [read more]

[JURIST] The Virginia House of Delegates [official website] passed a bill [HB 1text, PDF; materials] Tuesday that defines life as beginning at conception. The bill passed 66-32 [floor vote] moving the state toward banning abortion [JURIST news archive]. The bill, introduced by Rep. Bob Marshall (R) [official website], says: "Life … [read more]

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