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Legal news from Thursday, September 10, 2009
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Czech lawmakers have agreed to amend the country's constitution [text] to allow parliamentary elections to take place in November, as the Constitutional Court [official website, in Czech] ruled [judgment, PDF, in Czech; press release, in Czech] Thursday that the scheduled October elections violate the constitution. Last week, the court [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Japan [JURIST news archive] continues to execute mentally ill prisoners [press release] despite a criminal code provision outlawing the practice, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. According to the report, while the exact number of prisoners with mental illnesses on death [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three Chinese Uighur Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] since 2001 have agreed to be relocated to Palau [AP report], their lawyers told the Associated Press Wednesday. The detainees have been cleared for transfer since District Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered their release [JURIST report] from Guantanamo last [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Wednesday that he would begin investigating claims of war crimes by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website] soldiers in Afghanistan. In a briefing, Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said that in addition to investigations of possible NATO [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two former Pennsylvania judges were indicted [press release] Wednesday by a federal grand jury on 48 counts in connection with alleged illegal actions to benefit private juvenile detention facilities. The charges against Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella, Jr. include racketeering, fraud, extortion, and money laundering for allegedly accepting at [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] testified Wednesday before the Criminal Law Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court [official website] in response to accusations that he exceeded his authority when he launched an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Uruguayan Senate [official website, in Spanish] voted 17-6 to approve [press release, in Spanish] a law legalizing adoption by same sex couples. The new law will permit adoptions by couples in both marriages and civil unions after four years of cohabitation. The bill includes other reforms to the [read more]

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