Legal news from Friday, May 1, 2009
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Office of Justice [official website] on Friday announced that it has filed a brief in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida arguing that a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official websites] seeking [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Criminal Court in Liberia [JURIST news archive] on Friday acquitted former interim president Gyude Bryant [BBC profile] of embezzlement charges. The former leader was charged [JURIST report] with the embezzlement of $1.4 million during his interim presidency, which lasted from October 2003 to January 2006. The charges stemmed [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday denied a stay of deportation [order, PDF] for accused Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive]. Last month, the court granted [order, PDF; JURIST report] a stay of deportation to consider Demjanjuk's appeal [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Friday ordered the formation of five special courts to hear cases stemming from the 2002 Gujarat riots [BBC backgrounder]. The court did not move the cases outside of Gujarat however, as the National Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] had requested [press [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Maine Senate [official website] voted 21-14 in favor of a bill [text] that would allow same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. The vote split mainly along party lines, with only one Democrat voting against the measure. The bill will now go before the Maine House of [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese government on Thursday pledged to donate USD $4.17 million [press release, PDF] to assist the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], the tribunal set up to try former members of the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder]. The funding comes at an opportune moment for [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Justice David Souter [official profile; JURIST news archive] of the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] will retire at the end of the 2008 term in June, according to Thursday reports [Washington Post report]. Souter has not issued a a public statement and no formal announcement has [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) [official website] on Thursday added Canada [JURIST news archive] to its Priority Watch List [text, PDF] of 12 countries that are not adequately protecting intellectual property rights [USTR press release]. In its 2009 Special 301 Report [text, PDF], the USTR also [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Brazilian Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Thursday overturned a law restricting the press [press release, in Portuguese] as unconstitutional. The court ruled 7-4 that the Press Law [Law No. 5250/67 text, in Portuguese], which was enacted in 1967 and allowed for censorship of news media, books, [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A bill [S.896 materials] that would have aided homeowners in foreclosure was rejected 45-51 [roll call vote] Thursday by the US Senate [official website]. The financial industry had lobbied heavily against the proposed legislation that had come to be known as the "cramdown bill" for a provision that would [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Al Qaeda operative Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support [18 USC § 2339B] to a foreign terrorist organization after reaching a plea agreement [text, PDF] with federal prosecutors that may send him to jail for [read more]

06:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official profiles] addressed questions [video] about the specific plans for closing the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility before the US Senate Committee on Appropriations [official website] on Thursday. Gates and Clinton presented the FY 2009 Supplemental [read more]

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