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Legal news from Tuesday, October 13, 2009
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in three cases. In South Carolina v. North Carolina [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether additional parties may intervene in a lawsuit between two states, [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic [official website, in Czech] announced Tuesday that it will hold a public hearing on October 27 regarding a challenge to the country's signing of the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon [EU materials; JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Gabon upheld on Monday the presidential election victory of Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba [BBC Profile]. Bongo, former minister of defence and foreign affairs and of son of long-time Gabonese president Omar Bongo [BBC Profile], received over 40 percent of the vote, but was accused of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Peruvian Catholic Bishops Conference (CEP) [organization website, in Spanish] on Monday strongly condemned a proposed law that would legalize abortion [JURIST news archive] in cases of rape or fetal deformity. The CEP's statement called the proposed legislation "arbitrary," labeling it "not just a matter of religion but of [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] One of the two Afghans on the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) [official website] resigned on Monday, citing "foreign interference." The panel is tasked with investigating the allegations of fraud surrounding the disputed August presidential elections [JURIST news archive]. Maulavi Mustafa Barakzai's resignation has raised doubt about the commission's [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases, including the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives]. In Skilling v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the federal honest services [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Supreme Court [official website] Chief Justice Ronald George [official profile] on Saturday criticized [transcript] California's voter initiative process, which gives Californians the right to initiate or make new laws via the ballot box. In a speech to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences [professional association website], George [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Monday dismissed charges against Islamic cleric Hafiz Muhammad Saeed [Global Jihad backgrounder], the founder and leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)[CFR backgrounder], an Islamic group suspected of playing a key role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [JURIST news archive]. A two-judge panel of the Lahore High [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Uruguayan Parliament [official website, in Spanish] on Monday unanimously approved [press release, in Spanish] legislation that provides rules for individuals seeking to change their gender identity. The bill, which was approved by Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Monday, had been approved by the House of Representatives [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] proposed Monday that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] reconvene to vote to endorse the findings of a report [text, PDF; JURIST report] by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict [official website], which criticized Israel's role [read more]

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