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Legal news from Thursday, August 7, 2008
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Convicted murderer Heliberto Chi [Texas materials; docket information] on Thursday became the second foreign national to be put to death [Proceso Digital report, in Spanish] in Texas since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ordered [press release and text] the US to stay such executions. The US [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] War crimes suspect and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has submitted a document [text, PDF] to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official site] asserting that he was granted an immunity deal by former US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke [PBS [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] was sentenced Thursday to five and a half years in prison [AP report] following his conviction [JURIST report] Wednesday of providing material support for terrorism [charge sheet, PDF] through his association with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders. Hamdan [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] executives convicted on charges related to the 2001 accounting scandal may be eligible for new trials, depending on the outcome of an appeal [JURIST report] by former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile]. Skilling was convicted under a theory of "deprivation [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom [official websites] on Thursday signed into law [press release] a new constitution [PDF text] for the country, providing for multi-party elections, an independent judiciary, and a more powerful legislature. The constitution also provides a number of enumerated rights for citizens and establishes several special [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's coalition government said Thursday that it would push to impeach current President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive], a move that would require the endorsement of two-thirds of legislators in a joint session of parliament. Pakistan People's Party (PPP) head Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile] said Thursday [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Pennsylvania judge has ruled [order, PDF] to allow Christian foster parent organization Bair Foundation [advocacy website] to proceed with its lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the well-known law firm Reed Smith [firm website], rejecting four preliminary challenges by Reed Smith. The lawsuit alleges that Reed Smith overcharged Bair for [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Howard Berman (D-CA), Chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee [official websites], released a letter obtained by JURIST on Thursday in which he urged the Bush administration to postpone an international nuclear trade deal with India until the country is required to provide permanent security to [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday pleaded not guilty to sodomy charges [JURIST report] based on allegations by a former aide. The presiding judge ordered Anwar released on bail, ruling that he was not a flight risk. Anwar has denied the accusations, saying [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [decision, PDF] a district court to accept guilty pleas entered by three illegal aliens facing immigration charges. The defendants had entered unconditional guilty pleas to charges that they re-entered the country after having been removed previously, a violation [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] temporarily reinstated a government ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) [Jamestown Foundation profile] on Wednesday, reversing the holding of the Delhi High Court [official website], which had just lifted the ban on Tuesday. The lower court had reasoned that because the government had [read more]

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