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Legal news from Thursday, April 9, 2009
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A jury of US Marines acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer [JURIST news archive] Thursday of one count of murder and one count of dereliction of duty for his involvement in the shooting death of a detained Iraqi insurgent during a Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-Iraq) [official website] November 2004 offensive in Fallujah [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in North Korea [JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that the country would revise its constitution [text]. The announcement came during a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) [Reuters backgrounder] attended by the country's leader, Kim Jong-Il. According to the North Korean state media outlet Korea Central News [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Thursday defeated a controversial internet piracy bill [materials, in French] that would have cut off internet access for those who repeatedly illegally download copyrighted material. Under the bill, which won preliminary parliamentary approval [JURIST report] last week, any internet user [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Fiji ruled Thursday that the country's appointment of a military government following a 2006 coup [JURIST report] was unconstitutional and must be replaced immediately by an interim prime minister until democratic elections can be held. Ousted Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Justice (MOJ) [official website] on Wednesday began the second stage of a consultation [text, PDF; press release] on giving certain prisoners the right to vote based on the length of their prison terms, seeking public input on what the maximum allowable term should be. The [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday issued rulings [press release] in four cases ordering Russia to pay a total of €282,000 to compensate six families who claimed government agents abducted their Chechen relatives between 2001 and 2003. In three of the four cases, Dokayev [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Lebanese judge on Wednesday ordered the transfer of documents related to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] to a UN tribunal created to investigate and try suspects in the killing. Judge Sakr Sakr's order [AFP report] comes in response to a request [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) [official website] leader Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday called on the Judicial Service Commission [governing statute text] to conduct a review of the country's Constitutional Court [official website], saying the court has too much power and had abused its [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] in part a motion to dismiss lawsuits against some companies accused of assisting South Africa's apartheid-era [JURIST news archive] government can go forward. The lawsuit, brought by [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN and Cambodian officials failed to reach an agreement Wednesday on a system for monitoring corruption issues in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. UN assistant secretary-general for legal affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen presented a proposal [UN News Centre report] to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] upheld [text, PDF] Wednesday a lower court decision denying the habeas corpus petition of former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] and authorizing his extradition to France. The court held that Noriega was precluded [read more]

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