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Legal news from Wednesday, November 4, 2009
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Researchers in Sarajevo on Tuesday unveiled [press release, in Croatian] a Google Earth tool mapping the sites of war crimes committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian genocide [PPU backgrounder]. The Bosnian war crimes atlas [materials, in Croatian] was compiled by the Research and Documentation Center (RDC) [advocacy website, in Croatian], [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Pottawattamie County v. McGhee [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether a prosecutor may be subjected to a civil trial and potential [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Oscar Magi of the Fourth Chamber of the Court of Milan [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday convicted 23 former CIA agents for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The nearly three-year trial, which was delayed [JURIST news [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio voters on Tuesday approved [results] a ballot measure [text] to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, commonly referred to as Issue 2. The purpose of the board will be to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families. The measure [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in Maine on Tuesday approved an expansion [proposed legislation, PDF] of the state's existing medical marijuana laws by a 59 to 41 percent margin [Bangor Daily News report], with 87 percent of precincts reporting. The proposed legislation, Question 5 on the Maine ballot, will allow for increased access [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] New York voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday amending the state constitution [text] to allow the state legislature to pass a law permitting prisoners to work with non-profit organizations on a voluntary basis. Prisoners previously participated in work programs with non-profit organizations, but a 2005 opinion issued by the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Organization Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) [official website] has given funding and support to military groups that are committing human rights abuses [press release], according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday. HRW detailed the alleged attacks, rapes, and murders of civilians, calling them war crimes. [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] An amendment to the Texas Constitution [text] limiting government enforcement of eminent domain was overwhelmingly approved [unofficial results] by voters on Tuesday with more than 80 percent of those polled voting favorably. Proposition 11 [text and materials] prohibits government officials from taking private property and allotting it to private [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] attempted [remarks] Tuesday to temper expectations for the UN Climate Change Conference [official site] in Copenhagen set to take place in a month, saying that it might not result in a treaty. The meeting, which will host world leaders, is an effort to [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Maine voters approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that repealed a same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] bill [text] passed by the state legislature last May. Question 1 [text], which read, "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Five men who claim they were illegally detained after 9/11 [JURIST news archive] reached a settlement agreement [CCR release] with the US government for $1.26 million, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website], which represented the men, announced Tuesday. The men were part of Turkmen v. Ashcroft [CCR [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former outside accountant for Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive], David Friehling [case materials], pleaded guilty [plea agreement, PDF; DOJ press release, PDF] Tuesday to fraud charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Despite his guilty plea, Friehling did not admit knowledge [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that displaying a crucifix in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The lawsuit was brought against Italy by Soile Lautsi, who claimed that displaying a crucifix "infringed the [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former British officer Simon Mann [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], convicted [JURIST report] last year of involvement in a 2004 coup attempt [BBC backgrounder] in Equatorial Guinea, was released from prison Tuesday after being pardoned [Decree 116/2009 text; Decree 117/2009 text] by Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [read more]

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