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Legal news from Thursday, March 5, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday heard oral arguments in three cases [case filings] challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 [materials], the ballot measure passed in November [JURIST report] that banned same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. Equality California [advocacy website] challenged the validity [press release] [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge at the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Thursday upheld the guilty verdicts [text, PDF] reached by a jury against five men convicted of plotting to kill US soldiers at Fort Dix [official website]. The five men, Serdar Tatar, Mohamad [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that Russia is liable for the death of an ethnic Chechen at the hands of Russian forces in 2000, finding Russia in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights [text]. The judgment orders the Russian [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [ICC materials, PDF; JURIST news archive] on Thursday scoffed at the warrant [text, PDF; ICC release] for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] earlier this week. Speaking to a crowd of thousands in Khartoum, Bashir said the warrant was an [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court will seek INTERPOL [official website] arrest warrants for more than 100 Israelis on war crimes charges stemming from the conflict in Gaza [BBC backgrounder], prosecutors said Thursday. Iran announced in December that it would establish a court to try Gaza war crimes suspects [Reuters report] [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's human rights progress has been thwarted [UN News Centre report] by armed conflict, censorship, abuse of power, and violence against women, according to a report [text, PDF] delivered Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] on Thursday reversed [opinion, PDF] a former Navy signalman's conviction for material support of terrorism. Judge Mark Kravitz set aside the conviction of Hassan Abu-Jihaad, finding that the facts of the case did not support [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Singaporean member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] terrorist group admitted his role in plotting the foiled 2001 attack of an Indonesian airport, while testifying at the trial of two Indonesian terrorist suspects in the South Jakarta District Court Thursday. Mohammad Hassan bin Saynudin [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House advisor Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers [BBC profiles] will provide testimony before the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] concerning the firing of US Attorneys [JURIST news archive], allegedly for political reasons, the committee announced [press release] Wednesday after reaching an agreement [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [materials; press release, PDF] Thursday that UK regulations permitting mandatory retirement policies for workers who reach the age of 65 do not violate an EU anti-discrimination law. The case was originally brought by the group Age Concern England [advocacy website], [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Zimbabwe High Court [official website] ruled on Wednesday that the Southern Africa Development Community Tribunal (SADC Tribunal) [official website] is not superior to the courts of the individual SADC member countries, in a decision invalidating a SADC Tribunal ruling [JURIST report] in favor of white Zimbabwe farmers whose [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US is resuming active participation as an observer in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website, JURIST news archive], according to interim Charge d'Affaires to the US Mission in Geneva Mark Sorella [official profile] in his address [statement text] to the council Wednesday. Sorella said that the [read more]

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