Legal news from Thursday, August 29, 2013

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ghana [official website] on Thursday upheld [press release] the disputed election of President John Mahama [campaign website] last year. Mahama won the election with 50.7 of the vote, getting 300,000 more votes than the opposition. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) [party website], had challenged … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Thursday announced the transfer [press release] of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees to their home country of Algeria. The two men, Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab [Guardian report], are the first to be released from the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK government on Thursday provided justification for a possible strike on Syria, in the face of public backlash. Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] spoke in front of British Parliament [WSJ report], giving validation on humanitarian grounds in addition to the need to prevent the use of chemical … [read more]

[JURIST] Danish judge Frederik Harhoff was removed from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday over claims of bias in a letter he wrote criticizing the court. Harhoff was a member of the three-judge panel responsible for overseeing the trial [AP report] of Serbian … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colombian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled [press release, PDF] 7-2 Wednesday that a law providing reduced penalties for rebels who confess crimes related to their membership in illegal armed groups is constitutional. The bill, known as the "Legal Framework for Peace," was challenged by rights activists … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 60 people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have been detained by Egyptian security forces on charges of political violence, officials said Wednesday. The arrests occurred as Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi [BBC profile] on Tuesday reversed his position [Al Jazeera report] on … [read more]

[JURIST] A class of plaintiffs consisting of around 1,200 African-American financial advisers have reached a $160 million settlement with Merrill Lynch [corporate website] in a racial discrimination lawsuit, according to a plaintiffs' attorney on Wednesday. The settlement [WP report] has to be approved by the Judge Robert Gettleman for the … [read more]

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Monday passed a new law that would criminalize different forms of abuse at home and in workplace. Offenders may be imprisoned [Saudi Gazette report] for a term ranging from one month to a year or fines between 5,000 and 50,000 Saudi riyals (USD $1,300 to … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri [official profile] said Wednesday that respecting human rights [press release] is essential to achieve stabilization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [UN materials; BBC backgrounder]. During her recent trip, Pansieri witnessed first-hand the siege of the city Goma, … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Jersey Superior Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that knowingly sending a text message to someone who is behind the wheel creates liability for any causes of action that result from a potential collision. Previously, liability was only assigned to the driver that was texting. Defendant … [read more]

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