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Legal news from Tuesday, March 25, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Philip Alston [NYU Law profile] Tuesday urged [press release] Guatemalan lawmakers not to override a presidential veto of a bill that would restore the country's death penalty in a way he said would be contrary to international human [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutors Tuesday charged [press release, in German] the chair of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) [party website, in German] with libel and inciting racial hatred for comments he made about a German soccer player. Udo Voigt [party profile, in German] and two other party officials allegedly published [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] US President W. George Bush on Tuesday issued presidential pardons [DOJ materials] to 15 people convicted of crimes that ranged from drug offenses to wire fraud to violations of fish and wildlife regulations. He also commuted the sentence of a woman convicted of conspiracy to distribute crack-cocaine. Bush has [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked Congress to shield Libya [JURIST news archive] from a measure in the newly-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 [HR 4986 materials; JURIST report] that would allow victims of state-sponsored terrorism to sue for that country's assets held in the US. The [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday overturned [opinion, PDF] a New York law requiring airlines to provide passengers on seriously delayed flights with basic amenities, ventilation, and waste removal, holding that federal law preempts state airline regulation. Last August, New York became the first [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in the consolidated cases of Munaf v. Geren and Geren v. Omar [LII case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-1666, and 07-394, where the Court is considering whether federal courts have jurisdiction over habeas corpus petitions [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guatemalan adoption agency Casa Quivira [agency website] have been charged with human trafficking [JURIST news archive] as a result of irregularities discovered in the agency's records, the defendants' lawyers said Monday. The investigation began in August, when government authorities raided the premises of Casa Quivira and removed [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese police arrested at least 100 Tibetan monks, refugees, and other protesters near the Chinese Embassy [embassy website, in English] in Kathmandu Tuesday as demonstrations continued against China's recent crackdown against pro-Tibet protests [BBC backgrounder]. The new arrests follow the arrest of at least 400 protesters Monday and 50 [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia should enact a written penal code to protect the rights of criminal suspects and minors, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday in two reports [press release] released after a year-long HRW investigation into the Saudi Arabian justice system uncovered numerous human rights violations. One report [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe police arrested [MDC press release] a pilot and several members of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website, in English] as they were arriving at Harare International Airport to deliver campaign materials, a MDC spokesman said Tuesday. The MDC has previously accused the government of [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The South Korean National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) [official website, in English] said Tuesday that it will begin an official investigation of alleged human rights violations by North Korea, adding that it will begin the investigation by interviewing North Korean defectors in April. NHRCK spokesperson Lee Myung-jae [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two cases Tuesday, including Medellin v. Texas [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court ruled that President Bush does not have the authority to direct a state court to comply with a ruling from [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] American Bar Association (ABA) [profession website] President William H. Neukom said in an op-ed [text] published on the ABA website Monday that American lawyers are "deeply troubled by six death penalty cases" being tried by the military commissions process at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]:The defendants are charged with [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] An city official with Farmers Branch, Texas [official website; JURIST news archive] said Monday that city officials have accidentally issued several city rental license applications designed to enforce an anti-immigration measure [Ordinance 2952, PDF], sending out the applications requiring landlords to verify the legal residency of prospective tenants. Opponents [read more]

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