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Legal news from Friday, February 13, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Erie County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio issued a permanent injunction [opinion, PDF] Thursday against a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) [official website] bylaw that restricted the eligibility of student baseball players who were assisted by legal counsel during negotiations with professional baseball clubs. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] announced Friday that no charges will be filed [CPS press release] against London Metropolitan Police Service ("Met") [official website] officers involved in the shooting death of Brazilian immigrant Jean Charles de Menezes [advocacy website; BBC profile] in a London Tube station. [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday reported [text, PDF; press release] that Romania has not made sufficient progress in its anti-corruption campaign since its accession to the European Union (EU) two years ago. The EC's report commended initial efforts, such as the drafting of amendments to the [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Parliament [official website] rejected [press release] Thursday two bills that would have established a special national tribunal to deal with cases stemming from the December 2007 post-election violence [JURIST report]. The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2009 [text, PDF] and the Special Tribunal for Kenya Bill, 2009 [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official bio] on Thursday called on [press release] the new national government of Zimbabwe [JURIST archive] to reinstate the rule of law and to release all political prisoners who remain in custody illegally. Pillay's statements condemned the gross human rights violations [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The backlog of cases pending in the Delhi High Court [official website] would take more than 460 years to clear, according to the court's annual report [materials]. Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah [official profile] released the report at a press conference Tuesday. According to the report, the Delhi High [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of South Africa [official website] voted 232-60 [press release] Thursday in support of the decision of President Kgalema Motlanthe [official profile] to fire the country's chief prosecutor Vusi Pikoli [Who's Who profile]. The vote endorsed [Times report] the findings [committee report, DOC] of a committee set [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two Pennsylvania judges pleaded guilty [US DOJ materials] Thursday to federal corruption charges [criminal information, PDF] filed [DOJ press release, PDF] last month claiming they accepted more than $2.6 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities in which they had a financial interest. Luzerne [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The credibility of the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] trials in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] are at risk from political corruption and interference, according to a report [text, DOC; press release] by the Open Society Justice Initiative [advocacy website] released [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] denied Thursday a petition for an en banc rehearing by convicted former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives]. Skilling's petition followed a ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] last month by a three-judge panel from the [read more]

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