Legal news from Tuesday, February 24, 2009
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website] will begin work on March 1, according to the Tribunal's Registrar, Robin Vincent [official profile, PDF]. The March 1 start date for the court, established at the request of the Lebanese government after the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] decided three cases Tuesday. The Court ruled 7-2 in United States v. Hayes [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal gun law [18 USC § 922(g)(9), text] that prohibits anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from possessing a firearm [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers on Monday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official websites] to revisit a January decision in which a three-judge panel ruled [JURIST report] that indefinite civil commitment of "sexually dangerous" offenders was unconstitutional. The DOJ now seeks an en [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website; JURIST news archive] visited the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison on Monday as part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] review of the suspended military commission system established to try the detainees. During his visit, Holder reviewed cases [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday officially released its anticipated report [text, PDF; JURIST report] on detainee treatment at Guantanamo Bay in compliance with President Barack Obama's January 22 executive order [text] mandating the review [JURIST report]. As expected, the report concluded that conditions at the prison "are in [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Green Party [official website, in French] has collected enough signatures to force a referendum [link to text, multilingual] on whether the country's service members should be required to keep their government-issued firearms at military compounds. The Green Party has denounced [position statement, in French] the current practice [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website, JURIST news archive] was transferred to Moscow on Tuesday to face new charges [JURIST report] of embezzlement and theft, according to court officials. Platon Lebedev [defense website], Khodorkovsky's former partner at OAO Yukos Oil Co. [TIME backgrounder], was also transferred to [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Samuel Kent [official profile] pleaded guilty on Monday to obstruction of justice charges in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of his secretary and former case manager. The plea agreement included an admission that the sexual conduct was not consensual, in exchange for dropping five other [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced [public notice, text] Monday that a long-awaited decision on a controversial arrest warrant [JURIST news archive] sought for Sudanese head of state Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would be rendered on March 4. The court said that "[c]onsidering that [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [official profile, PDF] on Monday dissented [text, PDF] from the Court's denial of certiorari to a Chicago federal corruption case. Three former aides to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley [official profile] appealed their convictions on charges of mail fraud related to granting city jobs [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish Minister of Justice Mariano Fernandez Bermejo [official profile, in Spanish] resigned on Monday due to mounting pressure following allegations that he interfered with a judicial investigation during a hunting trip with Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The hunting expedition occurred just days before the launch [read more]

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