Legal news from Wednesday, December 20, 2006

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website] approved a draft law Wednesday that would permanently move the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation [RIN backgrounder] from its current location in Moscow to the city of St. Petersburg, the former Russian imperial capital. The Constitutional Court will nonetheless maintain a Moscow … [read more]

[JURIST] An appeals court in Austria [JURIST news archive] Wednesday ordered the release of British historian David Irving [BBC profile, personal website], who was sentenced to three years in jail [JURIST report] in February for three counts of denying the Holocaust [BBC backgrounder] in two speeches he delivered in Austria … [read more]

[JURIST] Ugandan officials said Wednesday that Joseph Kony [BBC profile], leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army [MIPT backgrounder], has expressed a willingness to face justice in Uganda rather than at the International Criminal Court [official website]. ICC prosecutors charged [JURIST report] Kony and four LRA lieutenants last October with … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge David Lawson of the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] has ruled [PDF text] that the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University can delay until July 1, 2007 implementing Proposal 2 [text], an amendment to the Michigan Constitution [PDF text] banning affirmative … [read more]

[JURIST] Judges on a US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] panel questioned how the Federal Communications Commission [official website] enforces indecency standards [FCC materials] during oral arguments Wednesday in a challenge brought by the Fox television network. The FCC ruled that Fox violated indecency standards [FCC … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mexican judge who last month ordered the arrest of former Mexican President Luis Echeverria [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] did so after finding there was probable cause to believe that Echeverria ordered an attack on student protesters [backgrounder] in 1968 while he was the country's Interior Minister, … [read more]

[JURIST] Thai Army Commander-in-Chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin [BBC profile] said Tuesday that martial law will remain in force in 35 of Thailand's 76 provinces. Martial law [JURIST news archive] was imposed nationwide after the Thai military seized power from civilian prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] in a bloodless … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cobb County School District [official website] on Tuesday agreed to remove anti-evolution stickers [ACLU press release] from its high school biology textbooks. In 2002, parents sued the suburban Atlanta school district claiming the stickers violated the separation between church and state by promoting religion in the classroom. In … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in the Netherlands [JURIST news archive] has approved the extradition of a Dutch national to the United States to face trial for conspiring to participate in insurgent attacks on US troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2003. Wesam al Delaema [DOJ press release] will be … [read more]

[JURIST] US Justice Department (DOJ) [official website] prosecutors tasked with investigating allegations that US civilians abused detainees [JURIST news archive] in Iraq and Afghanistan have decided not to press charges in the bulk of the cases, according to the New York Times. Some 20 cases have been investigated by a … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities executed 13 convicted terrorists Tuesday after they were found guilty by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) of murder, rape and burning bodies. The CCCI has held 1,767 trials of insurgents since being re-organizing in 2004, leading to the conviction of 1,521 individuals with sentences ranging … [read more]

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