Legal news from Thursday, May 17, 2012

[JURIST] A Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted 14 police officers charged in the deaths of protesters during popular uprisings last year. The men were charged with killing protesters on January 28, 2011, one of the most violent days during the revolution. Nearly 200 police officers and government officials, including former … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama Governor Robert Bentley [official website] on Thursday called a special legislative session [proclamation, PDF; press release] to discuss changes to the state's tough immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. The move comes one day after state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill [HB 658 text] that would have … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday blocked [opinion, PDF] a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [text, PDF] which allows for the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists, finding that it violates the First Amendment [text]. … [read more]

[JURIST] An Afghan detainee who was handed over to authorities in Afghanistan by UK forces won permission on Wednesday to challenge the legality of the transfer. Before the High Court of Justice in London, Serdar Mohammed claimed that he had been transferred by British forces to a prison in Afghanistan … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY case materials; JURIST news archive] began Wednesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] but was postponed indefinitely on Thursday due to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. After opening statements concluded on Thursday, Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] asked Wednesday to be sentenced [press release, PDF] with an eye toward "reconciliation, not retribution." Speaking during a sentencing hearing before the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] in The Hague, Taylor claimed [transcript text, … [read more]

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