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Legal news from Tuesday, May 26, 2009
by Christian Ehret

The Supreme Court of Sweden ruled Tuesday that the Swedish government would have the final authority on granting extradition of an alleged Rwandan war criminal. The Republic of Rwanda requested extradition of Hutu Sylvere Ahorugeze for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1994 genocide. …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday lifted a ban preventing opposition politician and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from participating in politics. The Supreme Court had barred Sharif from holding elected office in Pakistan because of an earlier criminal conviction for "hijacking." Sharif was convicted of the offense for …

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by Christian Ehret

An Egyptian court on Monday overturned the conviction of dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim on charges related to defaming Egypt. Ibrahim, founder of the Ibn Khaldoun Centre for Development Studies, has been a prominent human rights activist and outspoken critic of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A dual US and Egyptian citizen, he was accused …

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by Andrew Morgan

Delegates to Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have recommended that a war crimes court be established to try individuals accused of committing atrocities during the country's 1989-2003 civil war. Thirteen representatives from each of Liberia's 15 counties met with the TRC during week-long Regional County Consultations to allow the committee an opportunity to gather popular feedback. …

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by Christian Ehret

The California Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that constitutional challenges to Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, lacked merit and that the amendment stands as lawful. The proposition, which took effect in November, 2008 after voter approval, amends the California Constitution by stipulating …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court issued three opinions on Tuesday. In Montejo v. Louisiana, the Court decided 5-4 to overturn its 1986 decision in Michigan v. Jackson, which found that the Sixth Amendment required that police cease interrogations after a suspect had invoked his right to counsel, ruling that the …

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by Christian Ehret

US President Barack Obama on Monday announced Sonia Sotomayor as his nomination for the US Supreme Court. Sotomayor, currently a justice for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, would replace Justice David Souter when he retires at the …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will decide when the statute of limitations begins to run in a securities fraud case under the "inquiry notice" standard. Investors brought a class action suit against the drug maker Merck & …

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by Christian Ehret

US military lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad asked the Supreme Court of Afghanistan Monday to demand his release from the facility. The lawyers have petitioned the Afghan high court because the planned closure of Guantanamo has allegedly delayed the case in the …

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by Andrew Morgan

Representatives of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) and the Law Council of Australia (LCA) said Monday that the Fijian government's plan to take over the issuance of legal licenses threatens to disrupt the rule of law in the country. In a decree issued Friday, the government of Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" …

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