Legal news from Wednesday, October 1, 2008
18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav army chief of staff and general Momcilo Perisic [ICTY case information sheet; Trial Watch backgrounder], was delayed indefinitely [press release] Wednesday as there was a procedural glitch in the naming of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website]. Perisic [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday declined to reconsider last term's decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report], holding that Louisiana could not impose the death penalty for the rape of a child. The court voted 7-2 to reject federal and [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [official website] on Wednesday implemented regulations [text, PDF] denying hospitals payment for treating conditions caused by some common medical errors [HHS backgrounder]. Those regulations, announced [CMS press release] last year, contain a so-called "never list" of preventable conditions for which [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss [decision and order, PDF] a lawsuit against the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) [CFR backgrounders] seeking damages for the injuries and deaths of US citizens in attacks in Israel. District Judge George B. Daniels [official profile] [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) [official website] decided [PDF text] Tuesday to move forward with a public hearing investigating the country's military detainee transfer process in Afghanistan despite a move from the Canadian Department of Justice [official website] to block the inquiry [JURIST report]. MPCC Chair Peter [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday pushed for [speech text] the adoption of sweeping anti-graft legislation [plan materials] while opening the first meeting of the newly-established Anti-Corruption Council [JURIST report]. Deflecting rumors that the legislation had stalled after the Russian conflict with Georgia [NYT [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Philip M. Pro of the US District Court for the District of Nevada [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] Tuesday granting a plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and invalidating Nevada's so-called County Population Rule [NRS 295.012 text] as unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese journalists Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre news agency [media website, in Vietnamese] and Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien news agency [media website] have been charged with "abusing freedom and democracy" and will face up to seven years in prison if convicted at trial next month in [read more]

05:10 EDT

[JURIST] Absentee voting began Tuesday in Ohio after the Ohio Supreme Court [official website] and two federal district courts rejected Republican Party challenges to an Ohio secretary of state directive [PDF text]. By a 4-3 vote, the state Supreme Court on Monday upheld [case announcement, PDF] an interpretation of Ohio [read more]

01:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) joined with Lawyers Without Borders [official websites] and six other international legal organizations on Tuesday to call for the return [CBA news release] of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], in the latest attempt to return Khadr to his native Canada [read more]

00:10 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Quebec Justice John Gomery [CBC profile], the head of the now-concluded judicial inquiry [official website] into the federal sponsorship scandal [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], told the Canadian Club of Montreal Monday that he played no role in Friday's move by the Canadian Conservative party government of Prime [read more]

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