March 30, 2015
by William Helbling
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday filed a brief urging the US Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado's marijuana legalization law. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado has caused the piping of ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by William Helbling
A special court in the Republic of Senegal on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The corruption claim centers on Karim Wade's ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by William Helbling
A Bangladesh court on Wednesday indicted an Islamist leader and seven students for the 2013 death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The indictments will lead to the trial for Islamist group head Mutifi Jasimuddin Rahmani and the other accused students. The indictments were issued following a ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by William Helbling
Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court and Governor Jay Nixon denied his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued that he ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by William Helbling
Malaysia officials on Monday arrested the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged acts of sedition. Lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar was reportedly arrested and detained specifically for a speech she made last week criticizing the jailing of her father. Anwar Ibrahim's conviction ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The Criminal Court of Maldives on Friday sentenced former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in prison for terrorism-related charges. The charges relate to actions taken three years ago by the former President which included the arrest and detainment of a top judge. The Maldives judge ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Wednesday upheld a 10-year prison sentence for two police officers who were convicted for torturing activist Khaled Said to death in 2010. Eye witnesses provided evidence that the officers beat the 28-year-old outside of a cafe in Alexandria. Said's killing is seen to be one ...[read more]

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