Legal news from Saturday, March 8, 2008
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Saturday rejected a suggestion by UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari [official profile] that the upcoming May referendum on a new constitution [JURIST reports] for the country be observed by independent monitors. The government also declined an [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese prosecutors plan to proceed to trial against human rights activist Hu Jia and the trial could begin within a month, a defense lawyer for Hu said Saturday. Hu was formally charged last month with inciting subversion of state power after he made public [JURIST reports] letters and recordings [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official website] overturned 15 percent of death sentences imposed by lower courts during 2007, the president of the Supreme Court's criminal law chamber said in a Saturday China News report [text, in Chinese]. Huang Ermei also said that 2007 was the first year in which [read more]

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[JURIST] Bolivia's National Electoral Court [official website] on Friday blocked a national referendum [JURIST report] on the country's new draft constitution which was to take place on May 4. The new constitution, supported by Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile], was passed [JURIST report] by the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address [transcript; recorded audio] Saturday that he has vetoed an intelligence funding bill [HR 2082 materials] that would restrict CIA interrogators to using only interrogation techniques explicitly authorized by the 2006 Army Field Manual. Though the US Senate approved [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia on Friday held former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [profile] in contempt of court [opinion, PDF] and ordered her to personally pay a daily fine for continuing to violate an August 2007 order to testify [memorandum opinion, PDF; [read more]

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