Legal news from Saturday, June 21, 2008
12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian judge presiding over the corruption trial [JURIST report] of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his former lawyer David Mills said Friday accord to Reuters that hearings in the case will continue despite a request for her removal by Berlusconi's lawyers. Berlusconi's [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian officials transferred former Bosnian Serb police commander Stojan Zupljanin [Trial Watch profile] to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Saturday after the War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court refused his appeal [B92 report] against extradition. Serbian Minister of [read more]

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[JURIST] The trial of British national Simon Mann [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], charged with participating in an alleged coup attempt [BBC backgrounder] against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [BBC profile] in 2004, concluded on Friday with his defense lawyer seeking leniency. Mann, who has claimed that Sir [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text; press release] 6-1 Friday that juvenile defendants in the state have a constitutional right to a jury trial. The Court found that recent changes to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Code [PDF text] made juvenile proceedings "more akin to an adult prosecution" [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration on Friday invoked executive privilege [JURIST news archive] in refusing to turn over documents to the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] now investigating what it claims to be a politically-motivated decision [JURIST report] by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] European Union [official website] government leaders meeting in Brussels Friday directed member states [official report, PDF] to draft tougher border security legislation to curb the growing problem of illegal immigration in Europe. The security overhaul is aimed at setting common security standards at airports, harbors and border checkpoints in [read more]

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