Legal news from Thursday, September 18, 2008
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] US blogger and attorney Gopalan Nair [personal blog; law firm profile] was sentenced to three months in jail Wednesday for insulting a Singaporean judge. Justice Kan Ting Chiu of the Singaporean High Court [official website] told Nair that he had "scandalized" the nation's judiciary by accusing a judge of [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court of Uganda [official website] will not try soldiers from the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) if they are accused of human rights abuses, according to Wednesday statements by Justice Dan Akiiki-Kiiza [official profile], the head of the Court's War Crimes Division. The head justice insisted that [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russian president Dmitry Medvedev [official website] Wednesday signed [statement; press release] military defense agreements with Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia [JURIST news archive] despite heavy international criticism. Medvedev said that Russia now recognized the regions as independent countries since its conflict with Georgia [NYT report], and [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Parliament [official website] Wednesday failed to agree on a controversial provincial election bill in light of new disagreements over procedure. Kurdish legislators had strongly opposed the bill's proposal to establish a provincial council in Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] made up of equal numbers of Kurdish, Arab, and Turkmeni [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Specialist Belmor Ramos pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy for his involvement in the killings of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NY Times report] west of Baghdad in 2007. In his confession, Ramos said he willingly took part in the killings as retribution for earlier deaths of US soldiers. [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand delayed a ruling Wednesday regarding corruption charges against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive]. The couple are being tried in absentia [JURIST report] over a controversial purchase of government land at a [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawyers Thursday boycotted legal proceedings in the country and continued to hold protests calling for the restoration of all judges ousted [JURIST report] by former President Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] last November. According to local reports, some proceedings did go ahead [APP report] at the reconstituted Pakistani [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official profile; official website] announced Wednesday that his administration had reached a settlement [press release] in a long-standing lawsuit over homeless families' right to use shelters throughout the city. The main lawsuit, McCain v. Koch [NY Times report], was initially filed in 1983 [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three US Army [official website] soldiers were charged with murder Wednesday for their alleged roles in the killings of four Iraqis in April 2007 [NY Times report]. Sgt 1st Class Joseph Mayo, Sgt John Hatley, and Sgt Michael Leahy Jr, who were formerly part of the 1st Battalion, 18th [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF; Reuters report] as constitutional an Arizona law which revokes the business licenses of employers who hire illegal immigrants. Pro-immigration, business, and civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] had challenged [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A bill [PDF text; S. 3406 materials] overwriting judicial interpretations which have narrowed protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) [official website] awaits President Bush's signature following passage by the US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which was approved by [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] voted Wednesday to open an impeachment investigation of US District Judge Thomas Porteous [official profile] of the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website], who is accused of perjury and accepting bribes from lawyers. The committee unanimously approved a resolution [PDF text] creating [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] on Wednesday defended proposed investigation guidelines [JURIST report] before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] as a "necessary step" in fighting terrorism. Opponents have argued [JURIST report] that the changes could allow inappropriate racial and ethnic profiling and would permit agents to [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors told the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday that they plan to revise the charges against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] by Monday. Appearing in the war crimes tribunal's Trial Chamber, prosecutor Alan Tieger [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.