Legal news from Monday, April 6, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal v. Beard [docket]. The Court offered no explanation for their refusal to hear the appeal of journalist and former Black Panther member Mumia Abu-Jamal [advocacy website, Philadelphia Inquirer [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued two opinions Monday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Corley v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that federal statutory [18 USC § 3501 text] and case [McNabb-Mallory backgrounder] law require suppression of a confession given more [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Monday that a law which severely limits the rights of married Shi’ite women in Afghanistan would not be enforced until the country's Ministry of Justice [official website] has complete reviewing the law. A spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Perdue v. Kenny A. [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether an attorney’s fee award under a federal fee-shifting statute can be enhanced based on quality of performance and [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Belgium urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Monday to compel Senegal either to begin proceedings against former Chadian president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity or to extradite him to Belgium for trial under the country's universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder, PDF]. [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy on Friday reassigned Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler [JURIST news archive], a military lawyer who had been in charge of defending Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials, JURIST news archive], after Kuebler filed a formal complaint against a military official overseeing the case. Kuebler had worked on the case for two [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US House Judiciary Committee [official website] Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) [official website] has released a final version of a report [text; PDF] reiterating his allegations that the Bush administration engaged in numerous abuses during the "war on terror" and calling on Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile; JURIST [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) [official website] announced Monday that it is dropping all corruption charges against African National Congress (ANC) [official website] leader Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The acting director of the NPA, Mokotedi Mpshe, issued a statement [text, DOC] that called [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former Liberian president Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Monday filed [press release] a Rule 98 motion for acquittal [materials] following the close of the prosecution's case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The defense admits that [read more]

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