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Canada top court: no legal right to prayer at municipal council meetings
April 15, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Wednesday that elected officials do not have the right to open municipal council meetings with a prayer. The country's top court found that reciting a Catholic prayer at council meetings is unconstitutional and infringes on freedom of conscience and reli....... [more]

Canada high court rules minimum sentences for gun crimes unconstitutional
April 15, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the Canadian criminal code outlines the cri....... [more]

Former Bangladesh PM granted bail on corruption charges
April 5, 2015
Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia was granted bail on Sunday after surrendering to the court in Dhaka. Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had been voluntarily confined to her office since January 5, when an indefinite transport blockade was called on th....... [more]

US citizen faces terrorism charges
April 3, 2015
The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Friday charged Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, a US citizen, with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. The court issued a complaint and arrest warrant, alleging that Farekh "conspired with others to provide material support to....... [more]

Canada top court: Quebec has 'no legal right' to federal government's long-gun registry
March 27, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to relinquish its gun-registry database to Quebec. The Court's 5-4 decision affirmed Parliament's constitutional right over criminal law. Although three Quebec judges dissented, the majority ruled that the principle o....... [more]

Khadr lawyer requests bail while appeal is processed
March 25, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr asked the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Tuesday to release his client on bail while his US war crimes appeal is being considered. Nathan Whitling argued that his client's appeal is taking too long to process, and Khadr's sentence may be complet....... [more]

Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments in series of human smuggling cases
February 17, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began hearing arguments in a series of five cases challenging human smuggling laws within Canada. Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the law at issue in all five cases, criminalizes the act of knowingly assisting an undocumented individu....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down part of anti-money laundering law targeting lawyers
February 16, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Lau....... [more]

Amnesty: Canadian and Chinese companies profiting from Myanmar mining abuses
February 11, 2015
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper Min....... [more]

Egypt sets retrial date for 2 Al Jazeera journalists
February 9, 2015
A lawyer for the one of the two Al Jazeera journalists currently jailed in Egypt said Sunday that a retrial has been scheduled for February 12. Earlier this month, Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was released from prison and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo deten....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down ban on medically assisted suicide
February 6, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down the country's ban on medically assisted suicide. The court found the provision in Canada's Criminal Code that criminalized the aiding and abetting of suicide efforts unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court ex....... [more]




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