Legal news from Monday, March 30, 2009
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Advocacy group Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has called on the League of Arab States [official website, in Arabic] to urge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to allow expelled foreign aid agencies [JURIST report] back into the country, according to a letter [text; press release] [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in Travelers Indemnity v. Bailey [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], where the Court will consider whether a bankruptcy court has jurisdiction to approve a third-party injunction provision in a plan of [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] agreed [order list, PDF] Monday to hear oral arguments in the case of South Carolina v. North Carolina to decide whether additional parties may intervene in a lawsuit between two states, over which the Court has original jurisdiction. A special [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] began the substantive portion of the first trial of a former Khmer Rogue [BBC backgrounder] leader Monday when Kaing Guek Eav [Trialwatch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was brought before the court. Pretrial hearings [JURIST report] against Kaing, also [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Greek authorities are not doing enough to ensure that the nation's police respect human rights, according to a Monday briefing [text, PDF; press release] from Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urging the government to investigate and address "long-standing problems of policing." AI said allegations of human-rights abuses, including torture, [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US Army [official website] sergeant was convicted Monday and sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing four unarmed Iraqi prisoners [NYT report] in 2007. Sgt. First Class Joseph Mayo, formerly of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry [official website] and two other soldiers were charged in September [JURIST [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Afghanistan [official website] decided Sunday to allow President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to remain in office until this August's general election [AOP election materials]. Under the Afghanistan Constitution [text], Karzai's term in office expires May 21, but the court held [NYT report] [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands protested the proposed liberalization of Spain's abortion laws in Madrid on Sunday. The changes, proposed earlier this month [JURIST report], include allowing abortions up to week 14 of pregnancy for any reason and lowering the age required for an abortion from 18 to 16. These reforms are in [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a $50 million lawsuit against the US for the 1998 executive order authorizing a missile strike against a Sudan pharmaceutical plant issued by former president Bill Clinton [official profile]. The [read more]

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