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Legal news from Friday, March 27, 2009
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] Friday setting a July 30 date for the resentencing of former Enron [JURIST news archive] Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archive] and setting up a system for [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday passed a resolution condemning Myanmar for human rights violations [press release] and calling on the military junta to desist from politically motivated arrests and release nearly 2,100 political prisoners, which include Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Russian trials decided by juries are currently restricted, creating hopeless situations for those accused of crimes who choose not to plead guilty, according to former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Friday. In a statement [text] released on his defense website, Khodorkovsky, who is currently [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican appeals court on Thursday affirmed a lower court ruling that absolved former president Luis Echeverria [TrialWatch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of any criminal responsibility for the 1968 killings of student protesters [GWU backgrounder] in Mexico City's Tlatelolco Plaza. The Fifth Criminal Collegiate Court upheld the Third United [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website] called for constitutional changes to provide more separation between parliamentary and presidential powers during a Thursday interview [report] with Reuters. Tymoshenko said that she believed that the presidency should retain certain powers, but that parliament should be given clear ways to check [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [official website] on Thursday said that it has focused on the effects of counter-terrorism efforts and global warming on human rights, as well as effective conflict resolution and the support of international institutions charged with protecting the rights in its Annual Report on Human [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a South Carolina law [SC Code §§ 23-3-600 et seq. text] requiring convicted first degree sex offenders to submit to a DNA test and pay $250 in processing fees prior to their release [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 285-140 [roll call vote] Wednesday to approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 [HR 146 materials], a collection of more than 160 bills aimed at preserving federal land as wilderness areas, limiting gas and oil development, establishing the National [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit [Japan Times report] filed by 172 teachers and school personnel who were punished for refusing to sing the national anthem and salute the flag at school events. The school staff argued that the punishments, ranging from suspensions and salary reductions [read more]

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