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Legal news from Monday, March 31, 2008
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Two Tajikistani men have admitted to killing Russian journalist Ilyas Shurpayev [personal blog], Tajikistani Interior Ministry officials said Monday. Shurpayev, a correspondent for Russia's state-run Channel One [media website, in Russian], was found dead [JURIST report] in his Moscow apartment earlier this month with stab wounds and a belt [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Justice spokesman said Monday that the department would continue to press its bribery case against Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official profile; JURIST news archive] despite the US Supreme Court's refusal to review an appeals court ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that held the FBI's conduct [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Negotiations on a new international treaty to combat global warming [EPA materials; NRDC Q&A; JURIST news archive] began Monday in Bangkok. The week-long negotiations, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website], are intended to establish an agenda [UNFCCC press release, PDF] for the [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Greek Ministry of Justice [official website, in Greek] has agreed to establish a working group to analyze the potential impact of recognizing same-sex civil marriages in Greece, according to Monday media reports. The move comes after the Greek National Commission for Human Rights [official website, in Greek] proposed [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Three Norwegian men indicted [JURIST report] in September for shooting at an Oslo synagogue and planning attacks against US and Israeli embassies went on trial in Oslo Monday under strengthened anti-terrorism laws. This is the first time that suspects will be tried under the country's new terror laws, which [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey US District Judge Robert Kugler Monday sentenced Albanian Kosovar refugee Agron Abdullahu [criminal complaint, PDF], one of the six men arrested [JURIST report] in May for plotting an attack on New Jersey's Fort Dix [official website], to 20 months in prison. In October 2007, Abdullahu pleaded guilty [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A gag order precluding former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] from speaking to the media expired on Sunday, but Hicks is reportedly "not interested at the moment" in speaking publicly about his detention. Hicks had agreed not to speak publicly before March 30, 2008 about his [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday charged [DOD press release; charge sheet, PDF] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [BBC profile] with several terrorism-related counts under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 [PDF text] stemming from his alleged involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chadian President Idriss Deby [official website, in French; BBC profile] Monday officially pardoned six French aid workers convicted in Chad in December of attempting to kidnap [JURIST reports] 103 African children. The six were handed over [JURIST report] to French custody in December to serve their sentences. Chad's Higher [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] EULEX Kosovo [planning website] head Yves de Kermabon said Monday that a 1,800-strong European Union police and justice mission [Reuters report] in Kosovo will go forward even in Serbian-controlled areas, despite reservations from some EU member states. Spain's Foreign Affairs Ministry [official website, in Spanish] said Monday that the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] voted 11-0 Monday to hear a bid to disband the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish], days after a warning [JURIST report] by the EU Enlargement Commissioner that an AKP ban could have serious ramifications for [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday agreed to hear two cases [order list, PDF] involving the First Amendment Monday, including Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (07-665) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a private, religious group can donate a monument [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa [JURIST news archive] and Public Affairs Minister Chen Chimutengwende were confirmed ousted Monday as returns came in from Saturday's general elections [JURIST report] in the country, but other election results continue to be delayed, according to media reports. Zimbabwe opposition parties renewed allegations that [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. [official profile] unveiled a plan [factsheet, PDF] to overhaul the nation's financial regulatory system and merge key federal administrative agencies in remarks at a press conference [transcript] in Washington Monday. The executive summary [text] of the Treasury's Blueprint for a Modernized Financial [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that New Jersey and Delaware have "overlapping authority" to control "extraordinary" construction projects along the Delaware River. The Court's decision came in New Jersey v. Delaware [Medill case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court revisited the century-old water [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The draft constitution [JURIST news archive] of Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], slated to be put before the country's citizens in a May referendum, contains a provision reserving 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military, and another provision that will effectively prevent pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], who was released from virtual house arrest [JURIST report] last week on the orders of recently-elected Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [official profile], returned to his hometown of Quetta on Monday for the first of a series of trips [read more]

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