Legal news from Friday, September 4, 2009
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former US soldier Steven Green [JURIST news archive] was sentenced Friday to five consecutive life terms in prison for the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenage girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya. A federal jury in the US District Court for the [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Myanmar opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Friday that the Divisional Court in Rangoon has agreed to hear an appeal of her recent conviction [JURIST report] for violating state security laws. Suu Kyi was sentenced to an additional 18 months [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Thursday sentenced Saad Khalid to 14 years in prison for his involvement in plotting to attack targets in Toronto, Canada [JURIST report]. Khalid, one of the so-called "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder; advocacy website], was credited with seven years [Toronto Star report] for time served. [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of the Treasury [official website] on Thursday lifted travel restrictions and restrictions on money transfers [press release] between Cuban-Americans and their families in Cuba. The department also authorized US telecommunications companies work within Cuba to facilitate communication between families split between the two countries. The move [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judicial panel on Thursday denied [opinion, PDF] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's request to stay an order [text, PDF] to reduce the prison population in the state. The request stemmed from an August ruling mandating that California reduce its prison population [JURIST report] by nearly 43,000 inmates in [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) [official website] said Thursday that the Canadian government will appeal a controversial decision by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) [official website] to grant asylum to a white South African man who claims he faced persecution in his [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Thursday granted [order, PDF] a request by Microsoft Corporation [corporate website] to stay an injunction [text, PDF] that would have prevented the company from selling its popular word processing program Microsoft Word. The court ruled in a [read more]

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