Legal news from Thursday, December 11, 2008
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ireland has agreed to hold a second referendum on the European Union reform pact known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official text; JURIST news archive], according to draft materials circulated by the French government ahead of a meeting of EU government leaders [press release] in Brussels Thursday. France holds [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] told CNN [transcript text] Thursday that she would go before the Illinois Supreme Court [official website] to have Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] declared unfit to hold office if he did not resign or get impeached by the state legislature. Blagojevich and [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Vice President of the European Commission Responsible for Justice, Freedom, and Security Jacques Barrot [official website] on Wednesday reported [press release] that European Union (EU) [official website] governments are violating people's right to travel freely among the EU member states. Directive 2004/38/EC [materials] gives nationals of EU member states [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Brazilian Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday indicated that they will rule in favor of indigenous groups in a land dispute, but postponed [press release, in Portuguese] a final decision on the case. Eight of 11 judges voted in favor of evicting a group of non-indigenous farmers from [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Luis Amado [official profile] on Wednesday sent a letter [text] to European Union [official website] (EU) foreign ministers urging EU members to take in any detainees released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Amado said that Portugal [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday added [press release] the name of a Pakistani charity seen as a front for the group being blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder] to its list of entities subject to asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo as a [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Executions in the US are at a 14-year low and the number of death sentences has dropped 60 percent since the 1990s, according to a report [text, PDF; DPIC press release, PDF] released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) [advocacy website], a non-profit organization that opposes the [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN and Cambodian government officials said Wednesday in a statement [UN News Center report] issued after a series of high-level meetings that they needed to address ongoing problems facing the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [official website] in its efforts to try former Khmer Rouge officials suspected [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Guantanamo military commission trial of Afghan detainee Mohammed Jawad [JURIST news archive] that had been scheduled to start in early January was delayed indefinitely Wednesday by order of a military judge. US Army Col. Stephen Henley postponed the proceeding [Reuters report] to give prosecutors more time to appeal [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court Judge Ismael Moreno Wednesday asked the Spanish Foreign Ministry for a certified copy of a 2002 internal government memorandum [PDF text, in Spanish] detailing a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] request to use Spanish resources [JURIST report] in aiding CIA extraordinary rendition [JURIST news [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Wednesday asked [decision, PDF; press release] the office of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] for additional materials supporting its request for arrest warrants for rebel leaders [JURIST report] in Sudan’s Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. Pre-Trial Chamber I has [read more]

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