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Legal news from Saturday, April 11, 2009
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Mohammad Asif Mohseni, a key Shi'ite cleric in Afghanistan, defended a controversial law Saturday that critics say limits women's rights in the country. The measure, called the Shi'ite Personal Status Law [JURIST news archive], was signed into law [JURIST report] last month by President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Friday that investors who lost money in Bernard Madoff's [JURIST news archive] alleged Ponzi scheme can force Madoff into personal bankruptcy to recover lost funds. The ruling from Judge Louis Stanton of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile], the head of the Fijian military, was reappointed Saturday [Reuters report] as prime minister of the country by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] a day after Iloilo suspended the country's constitution [JURIST report] following a Thursday ruling [JURIST report] by the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The administration of US President Barack Obama [official profile] will appeal a ruling made last week by Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] that allowed detainees being held by the US in Afghanistan to proceed with habeas corpus challenges [JURIST [read more]

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