Legal news from Wednesday, October 3, 2007

[JURIST] New Turkish President Abdullah Gul [BBC profile] Wednesday proposed [speech text] amending a law that makes it a crime to insult Turkish national identity. Gul said at a Council of Europe [official website] meeting in Strasbourg that the law had hindered Turkey's attempts to join the EU, and that … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] said Wednesday that reported Pakistani promises to drop pending corruption charges [JURIST report] against her amount to "disinformation" and indicated that talks with President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on a possible power-sharing agreement have broken down. Pakistani officials … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a certiorari petition [PDF text] Wednesday asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to hear a challenge of the government's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] that was rejected [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] by the US Sixth Circuit Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Indonesia [official website] Wednesday upheld marriage laws limiting polygamy [press release, in Indonesian], despite teachings in the predominantly Islamic country's largest religion allowing men to take up to four wives. Under Indonesian law [Emory Law backgrounder], a man can only take a second wife if … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in New York Board of Elections v. Torres [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-766, to consider whether the procedure by which the state of New York currently selects its trial judges violates the … [read more]

[JURIST] A California appeals court ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that domestic partners, like married couples, can inherit real estate from one another without an increase in property taxes. The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento [official website] found that the California Legislature and the state Board of Equalization [official … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] listed what he described as topics of "concern" to be addressed in the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings for former federal judge and US Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey [WH factsheet; PBWT profile] in a Tuesday letter [press release and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas [official website] ruled in favor of a class of Pennsylvania Wal-mart workers on Wednesday, awarding the employees an additional $62.3 million under a state law which demands that pay not be withheld for over 30 days. Last year, the class won a $78.47 … [read more]

[JURIST] Chinese lawyer Li Heping was captured and abused by unknown assailants for representing clients lodging complaints against the government of China [JURIST news archive], Li told AP Wednesday. Li said he was abducted by a group of men, forced into a car, and beaten with batons for hours in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [DOD materials] has denied a motion by Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] to reconsider its decision to send Khadr's case back to a military tribunal. The appeals court ruled [PDF text; JURIST report] last month that charges against Khadr … [read more]

[JURIST] Five families whose relatives died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive] have reached a settlement agreement with American Airlines, Boeing, and a passenger screening company in the families' negligence lawsuit, lawyers said Tuesday. The families decided to bring an individual action against the companies instead of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] passed a motion Tuesday criticizing Myanmar for its recent crackdown on peaceful protests in the country. The motion came on the same day that Myanmar arrested at least eight truckloads of people [Reuters report] in Rangooon during a middle of the night … [read more]

[JURIST] Two American military contractors go on trial Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the torture of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights brought a racketeering lawsuit [JURIST report; CCR materials] in 2004 against two civilian defense contractors, Titan and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the lethal injection execution of an inmate who was scheduled to be put to death Wednesday, giving state officials 30 days to answer questions about whether lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The US Supreme Court last week stayed the … [read more]

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