January 28, 2015
by William Helbling
The Bahrain Ministry of Justice on Wednesday commenced the trial of prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman for his role in promoting an overthrow of the current Bahrain political system. The current Al-Wefaq Islamic Society secretary general faces charges of inciting a change of government by ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by William Helbling
A Bangkok Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced "Red Shirt" supporter Jatuporn Prompan to two years in prison for defaming former prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva. Prompan was charged with defamation for accusing Abhisit of ordering the killings of protesters and taking action in ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Sunday put a two-week hold on a decision overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Callie VS Granade stated that the two-week stay is not intended to become lengthy hold on current same-sex couples' right to marry. ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by William Helbling
Egyptian authorities announced Monday that former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons were released from prison. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were charged with using state funds to renovate family residences and sentenced to four years in prison. While both brothers have been released, they still face a ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by William Helbling
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday urged renewed efforts to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody of former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Tuesday put on hold a case challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban, pending the US Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the issue. The lawsuit, initially filed in June by seven same-sex couples, challenges North ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by William Helbling
Amnesty International (AI) on Sunday reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) took legal custody of former commander of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Dominic Ongwen in Central African Republic's capital Bangui last week. AI believes that transferring Ongwen to the ICC is a huge step to ...[read more]
January 19, 2015
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who during her 2009 ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by William Helbling
A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted the new bill as the best course of action to protect US national ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by William Helbling
New York City officials announced Tuesday that they have agreed on a plan that will eliminate the use of solitary confinement for inmates 21 or younger at Rikers Island prison. The new plan comes on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio banning solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates in ...[read more]

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