Legal news from Tuesday, December 4, 2007
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police acting at the direction of what one official called "higher ups" arrested two American human rights activists in Lahore Tuesday, according to AP. Medea Benjamin [Wikipedia profile] and Tighe Barry are members of the US-based human rights group Global Exchange and the women's peace group CODEPINK [advocacy [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The sentencing of convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] will be delayed until January, according to US federal court officials cited by AP Tuesday. Sentencing hearings that were due to begin this week were rescheduled due to a death in the family of US District Judge Marcia [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court sentenced four university professors Tuesday for participating in anti-government student protests [JURIST report] that took place in August. Police inspector Mahbub Siddiqui told AFP that the academics were found guilty of breaking emergency laws [JURIST report] banning protests and all gatherings. Each received a two-year jail [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Snyder v. Louisiana [SCOTUSwiki backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-10119, where it considered whether a prosecutor improperly excluded all black potential jurors from serving on a jury in a murder case because of their race. [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett [official website] said Tuesday that Pennsylvania and several other states will file lawsuits against tobacco company RJ Reynolds [corporate website] for violating an agreement not to use cartoon characters to advertise tobacco products. A press release [text] from Corbett's office said the suits are [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [JURIST news archive] will attend military commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] beginning Wednesday, according to a statement [text] by Scheinin on Tuesday. Scheinin said that the United States invited him to attend hearings as a follow [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-six ethnic Indians have been charged with attempted murder in connection with anti-discrimination demonstrations [TIME report] in Malaysia [JURIST news archive] last month, a lawyer for the defendants said Tuesday. All 26 suspects pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder during a clash with police at a temple [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down unanimous decisions in two cases Tuesday, including Logan v. US [LII case backgrounder] where the Court held a defendant's misdemeanor convictions that did not result in him losing civil rights nonetheless allow a longer sentence under the Armed [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee Monday voted 8-4 to pass a bill [S171 text, PDF] designed to replace capital punishment with life in prison, paving the way for New Jersey to abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive] all together. The New Jersey Assembly [official website] is scheduled [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] US House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) [official website] has asked US Attorney General Michael Mukasey to help the committee obtain transcripts of interviews with US President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and five White House aides from the criminal investigation into the [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday encouraged all nations involved in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to help arrest Sudanese and Ugandan crimes against humanity suspects [statement]. The ICC has executed arrest warrants for seven men who have not yet been taken into custody - [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Davenport [diocesan website] has agreed to settle 156 clergy sex abuse claims for $37 million [press release], paving the way for the diocese to emerge from bankruptcy. The Davenport, Iowa diocese filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy [AP report] last year, and a settlement agreement became a [read more]

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