Legal news from Wednesday, October 16, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In Kansas v. Cheever [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether it violates the Fifth Amendment [text] right against self-incrimination if a defendant offers expert testimony to show he or … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the embezzlement conviction of Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief political opponent, but suspended his five-year jail sentence, allowing him to walk free. Navalny was sentenced [JURIST report] to five years for embezzling 16 million roubles (USD $500,000) from a timber firm … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Portland same-sex couples on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs' claim is based on violations of due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. … [read more]

[JURIST] France's highest appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction of the Church of Scientology [church website; JURIST news archive]. The Cour de Cassation [official website, in French], the country's court of final appeal for civil and criminal matters, rejected the organization's request [AFP report] that the conviction … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of UK [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF] the Representation of the People Act of 1983 [text], which prohibits inmates from casting votes. The challenge [case materials] was brought by Peter Chester and George McGeoch, two inmates who are serving life sentences for murder. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A Budapest prosecutor on Wednesday charged Bela Biszku, former leader of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (MSZMP) [party website, in Hungarian], with war crimes. The charges stem from when Biszku was a member of the party's Temporary Executive Committee after the failed revolution in 1956 [BBC backgrounder]. The committee … [read more]

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Wednesday began hearing closing arguments in the case [case materials] against two former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leaders. Nuon Chea, also known as "Brother Number 2," and Khieu Samphan, former head of state, are … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official profile] on Tuesday voiced concern [statement] over the situations of aboriginal people in Canada, concluding that the country is facing a "crisis." Information collected by Anaya reveals that despite the general wealth and prosperity of Canada, … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Nigerian government to investigate the deaths of hundreds of people detained by the country's military Joint Task Force (JTF). Evidence gathered by AI reveals that more than 950 people have died in military custody this year, with most deaths … [read more]

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