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Legal news from Tuesday, February 19, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan Minister of Youth and Sports Callixte Nzabonimana was arrested [ICTR press release] Monday in Tanzania on charges relating to Rwanda's 1994 genocide, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday. Nzabonimana faces charges [indictment, PDF] of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard consolidated oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Morgan Stanley Capital Group v. Public Utility Dist. 1 [LII case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-1457 [docket; cert. petition, PDF], and American Elec. Power Service Corp. v. Public Utility Dist. 1, 06-1462 [docket; [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Tuesday refused to block enforcement of an Arizona law that penalizes employers who hire illegal immigrants while opponents of the law appeal their case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website]. Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Larry Burns sentenced former US defense contractor Brent Wilkes [SourceWatch profile; JURIST news archive] to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for bribing now-former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile] in exchange for almost $90 million in Pentagon work. Wilkes was convicted [JURIST report] in November [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A New Jersey civil union law has not been able to effectively ensure that same-sex couples receive the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples because of federal law, according to an official report [PDF text] issued Tuesday by the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission (NJ-CURC) [official website]. [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian Atomic Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive] was found guilty in Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court Tuesday of fraud and abuse of office for his involvement in a corruption scheme which misappropriated millions of dollars of US aid designated to upgrade unsafe Russian RBMK nuclear reactors [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton Tuesday threatened to hold a reporter in contempt of court if she continues to violate an August 2007 order to testify [memorandum opinion, PDF; JURIST report] about government sources who provided five reporters with information about former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Uganda has reached an agreement with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to establish a war crimes court [JURIST report] to prosecute crimes against humanity committed during Uganda's civil war [BBC Q&A], the BBC reported Tuesday. A government spokesman said that [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A committee appointed by the military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] has completed work on a new draft constitution, state media reported Tuesday. The document was drafted by a 54-member constitution-drafting commission appointed by the junta, despite calls from the UN [JURIST reports] that the drafting process be [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday agreed to hear five cases [order list, PDF], including Herring v. United States (07-513) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], where the Court will decide whether evidence seized during a search incident to an arrest must be suppressed when the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Magistrate Court of Australia [official website] Tuesday relaxed certain control order [JURIST report] restrictions against former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive], permitting him to reside anywhere in the country subject to approval from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website]. Hicks will have to [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] Monday refused to comment on the legality of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia, instead calling on all parties to "exercise maximum restraint" [transcript] in response to the declaration. Ban also reiterated that "the recognition of states" is a [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The six children of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] failed to appear in court Tuesday, ignoring a court summons [JURIST report] to defend Suharto's estate in a civil corruption case. Suharto's defense lawyer, who wanted to introduce legal expert testimony on behalf of [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) [party website] conceded defeat Tuesday in parliamentary elections as unofficial results tentatively gave the opposition parties of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive] approximately 60 percent of [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice will be provided the right to appeal his death sentence in open court, an Afghanistan Supreme Court justice told London's Independent on Monday. Sayad Parwez Kambaksh was [read more]

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