A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Thursday, June 18, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

A judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals for England and Wales  held Thursday that a court can require a judge-only criminal trial for four men suspected of tampering with juries convened to consider robbery charges against them. The ruling is the first application of a Criminal Justice Act 2003 provision, which allows a court …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

An international commission should be set up to investigate human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the 25-year civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday. Earlier this week, a Sri Lankan government official announced Tuesday that an …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation that would block the release of controversial photos allegedly depicting abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation, which is included in a war spending bill, would exempt the disclosure of certain photographs under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …

[read more]
by Christian Ehret

Zimbabwe is still experiencing serious human rights violations and needs to confront issues that led to such problems, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. Calling the violations "persistent and serious," AI called for Zimbabwean leaders to reform police, army, and security forces and address the lack of government commitment to rectifying human rights issues. AI urged …

[read more]
by Christian Ehret

Political activists and politicians in Iran have been arrested following protests of the country's controversial presidential election, human rights groups said Wednesday. According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), former foreign minister and current leader of the Freedom Movement of Iran Ebrahim Yazdi was arrested Wednesday in …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court issued opinions in four cases Thursday. The Court ruled 5-4 in District Attorney's Office v. Osborne that a defendant does not have the right to obtain post-conviction access to the state’s biological evidence in order to do DNA testing. The US Court of …

[read more]
by Christian Ehret

Spain will consider accepting four Guantanamo Bay detainees at the request of the US government, foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Wednesday. Before Spain responds to the request, Moratinos said that the government will consider the charges against the prisoners, determine whether accepting them will pose any problems …

[read more]
by Christian Ehret

The Rhode Island General Assembly approved a medical marijuana bill Tuesday, overriding a veto from Governor Donald Carcieri. The legislation seeks to establish three state-licensed dispensaries to provide marijuana for patients who qualify. Patients will be issued a registry identification card and will be allowed to possess up to 12 mature …

[read more]
by Christian Ehret

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday rejected challenges to a securities fraud class action suit brought by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, affirming a $445 million settlement against the HealthSouth corporation. Scrushy, who did not settle, argued that the district court erred in …

[read more]
by Brian Jackson

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a memorandum that would provide certain benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. In a fact sheet released earlier in the day, the White House disclosed that the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Secretary of State have been working for several …

[read more]
by Brian Jackson

US Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that passing hate crimes legislation is one of his top priorities for the future, during the first Department of Justice (DOJ) oversight hearing of the Obama administration. In a prepared statement that covered a wide variety of topics, …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.