Legal news from Wednesday, July 16, 2008
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Arab League [official website, in Arabic], African Union (AU) [official website] and others have criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] prosecutor's Monday application [JURIST report] for an arrest warrant [application, PDF] for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile, JURIST news archive]. Al-Bashir is facing charges of genocide, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kurdish legislators staged a walkout of the Iraqi Parliament [official website] Tuesday, delaying a vote on a proposed provincial election bill that they say is unconstitutional. Kurdish lawmakers objected to an attached proposal that would establish a provincial council in Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] to include equal numbers of Kurdish, [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed a complaint [PDF text; press release] in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website], seeking to revoke the US citizenship of an alleged World War II Nazi militiaman. Peter Egner, 86, is accused of taking [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian authorities arrested opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday afternoon, less than a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on sodomy allegations [JURIST reports] made against him by a former aide. According to a statement [Anwar blog post] by a staff member, [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Congress enacted a new Medicare law [HR 6331 text] on Tuesday to cut Medicare expenditures by reducing Medicare payments made to insurance companies rather than those made to doctors. President George W. Bush vetoed [text] the bill, but the Senate overrode the veto [Congressional record; roll call] [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Seoul Central District Court Wednesday suspended a three-year prison sentence for former Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [corporate profile], who was convicted of tax fraud. The court ruled that Lee should not serve prison time because he did not actively seek to avoid taxes, but [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Senate [official website] voted Wednesday to ratify the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], also known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; text, PDF]. Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile], the president of the European Commission, congratulated Spain [text, PDF, in Spanish] on its passage of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese office manager has become the first man to be imprisoned under a Chinese sexual harassment law [Xinhua report] passed in 2005, according to reports on Wednesday. Previous cases brought under the law have been settled through civil litigation. Women's rights advocates say that sexual harassment has long [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill [SB918 text] Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law which bars people from marrying in Massachusetts if their own state would not recognize such a union. The statute [text] gained attention because it would have the effect of preventing most out-of-state same-sex couples from [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Canada transferred US Army deserter Robin Long back to US custody Tuesday following a decision by the Federal Court of Canada [official website] denying his asylum request. Long is the first of an estimated 200 US military personnel avoiding deployment in Canada to be returned to the US. Last [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday filed an application for his parole from the Krasnokamensk penal colony [Guardian Khodorkovsky backgrounder] in Siberia. Khodorkovsky headed the now-bankrupt OAO Yukos Oil Co. [Time backgrounder] and was sent to prison by the Russian [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a per curiam opinion [PDF] Tuesday, finding by a vote of 5-4 that if the government's allegations against Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; Brennan Center case materials] are true, the President is empowered by Congress [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] two municipal ordinances that prohibited convicted sex offenders (CSOs) from living near schools, parks, playgrounds and day care centers. The Appellate Division ruled that New Jersey's statewide sex offender registry program, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday asked [filing, PDF] a judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia to deny a motion by Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to stay his trial, now scheduled to begin [read more]

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