Legal news from Thursday, November 1, 2012
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [OAA backgrounder] on Thursday sentenced former Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] to death for the second time after he was convicted for his involvement in a plot to assassinate an interior ministry official. In particular, the Sunni ex-leader and [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday told the US Supreme Court [official websites] that it does not object [brief, PDF] to reopening a Christian university's challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the government of Sri Lanka on Thursday announced that the government had begun the process of impeaching the country's chief justice. The specific charges were not revealed [AP report], but spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, confirmed that the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was approved by more [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The independence of Sri Lanka's judiciary is under attack by the nation's government, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy website], a human rights group composed of lawyers and judges from around the world. In the report, "Authority [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council [official website, in Russian], approved a bill on Wednesday that would increase the penalties for illegal use of state secrets. The bill, which was approved [JURIST report] by Russia's lower house last week raises the fine for illegally using state secrets [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases concerning whether the use of drug sniffing dogs violates the Fourth Amendment [text, Cornell LII] rights of defendants. The question in the first case, Florida v. Jardines [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], was whether [read more]

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