Legal news from Wednesday, September 16, 2009
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Pittsburgh City Council [official website] on Wednesday passed an ordinance [text, PDF] in anticipation of the upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) [official website] summit [official website] that will allow police to cite people in possession of certain items if they intend to use them unlawfully. The temporary ordinance, [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court has ruled that former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will not be released on bail, according to an aide Wednesday. Chen was found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] last week. Under Taiwanese law, the [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Hungarian government said [press release, in Hungarian] Wednesday that it would accept one prisoner of its choosing from those still held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in order to aid in the closure of the detention center. According to a statement [text, in Hungarian] by Prime Minister [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli officials on Wednesday rejected a call by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict [official website] to establish an independent inquiry into accusations of war crimes during December and January's Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The establishment [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] passed [press release] a resolution [materials] Monday to consolidate four agencies to create one large, overarching department that will be responsible for women's rights development. The UN Development Fund for Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ninety members of the US House of Representatives [official website] introduced [press release] a bill [HR 3567 text] Tuesday to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. Signed by former president Bill Clinton [official profile], DOMA refuses federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples [JURIST [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] voted 285-225 Tuesday to approve a new version [text, in French] of a controversial Internet piracy law [text, in French] after portions of it were rejected [decision, in French; JURIST report] in June by the Constitutional Council [official website, in French]. [read more]

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