Legal news from Tuesday, July 24, 2012
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Russian judge on Tuesday ordered a court to review the appeal of jailed former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. It remains to be seen whether the order is on a legal technicality or if there will be real progress in the appeal [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian government has discontinued proceedings against former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] over the profits from his memoir. Australia's Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) [official website; press release] decided to halt the proceedings against Hicks, 36, commenced in July 2011 that were [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by the defense counsel in the terror trial against the country's vice president Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] to call President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to testify. The defense team, led by Muayad Obeid al-Ezzi, had requested [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian] on Tuesday upheld a change to the country's referendum law that will lengthen voting times by four extra hours. The court ruled that the voting hours extension is constitutional [Bloomberg report] as passed by Parliament [official website], in which the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] An 11-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] part of a South Dakota abortion law [HB 1166 materials] that requires doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide as a result [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] announced [press briefing] Tuesday that it is sending human rights officials to investigate the recent attack on a relocation camp for internally displaced persons in Nahibly, Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The attack took [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) [official website] Augustine Mahiga [official profile] on Monday praised [statement, PDF; press release] Somali leaders for their progress in the selection of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) who will be charged with adopting the country's provisional constitution. Mahiga said that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] on Monday unanimously granted a stay of execution for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill [JURIST news archive] 90 minutes before he was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection [DPIC backgrounder]. The court granted the stay [press release] to consider an [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Monday that the government is not required to release documents that are designated as secret, even though they have allegedly been made available to the public already. The case involves a request [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is investigating a law [HB 943 materials] in Pennsylvania that requires voters to present photo identification before voting, according to a letter [text, PDF] released on Monday. The letter, which was sent in March, requests that Pennsylvania send the DOJ available [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A German court on Tuesday ruled [press release, in German] in favor of Samsung Electronics by upholding a lower court decision that rejected the request by Apple [corporate websites] to ban the sale of South Korean company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 N. The Oberlandesgericht Duesseldorf [official website, in German] held [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Monday expressed his concern that Syria [JURIST news archive] could potentially use chemical weapons in its ongoing conflict. Ban expressed his hopes that the international community would keep a close eye on the situation [UN News Centre report], even though the Syrian [read more]

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