Legal news from Friday, October 17, 2008
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday vacated [order, PDF] a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring Ohio's secretary of state to establish a system that allows county elections boards to confirm newly registered voters' eligibility. The Court granted a request by Ohio Secretary of State [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Foreign Ministry [official website, in Russian] has released a statement [text, in Russian] downplaying the recent order of provisional measures [JURIST report] against both Russia and Georgia by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] in respect of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment, DOC text; press release] that France [JURIST news archive] had violated the human rights of a psychotic inmate by failing to prevent his suicide. The court unanimously found that French authorities had breached Article 2 of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Thursday condemned what it called obstruction and interference by the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official profile, in Spanish; BBC profile] in the investigation and prosecution of far-right militias in the country. A new report [text, PDF; HRW press release] released by [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] has launched a series of legal actions in the European Court of Justice [official website; JURIST news archive] against EU member states for failures to abide by EU laws, according to press statements [text] released by the Commission on Thursday. Filings ranged from infringement [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday requested [court order, PDF] more information on an arrest warrant application for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for atrocities committed in the country's Darfur region [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentine president Carlos Menem [official website] failed to appear in a Buenos Aires court Thursday as he and other former officials went on trial on arms trafficking charges. The court excused Menem's absence after a defense lawyer presented a medical certificate indicating that the former president had been [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department (DOD) [official website] has released a revised directive [PDF text] mandating military supervision of intelligence interrogations and questioning conducted by other US government agencies, foreign governments and contractors. The directive, issued October 9 by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England [official profile] but only made public [read more]

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