Legal news from Tuesday, November 24, 2009
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU), the Constitution Project (CP), and the Rutherford Institute [advocacy websites] filed amici curiae briefs [ACLU brief, PDF; CP brief, PDF] Tuesday backing a challenge [JURIST report] to a federal law [18 USC § 2339B(a)(1)] that prohibits providing material support to terrorism. The groups [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Argentina's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] has passed a bill that would decriminalize defamation, bringing the government's policies more in line with the American Convention on Human Rights [text] and garnering praise [CPJ press release] from international human rights groups. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner [BBC [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague began proceedings [press release] on Tuesday for the trial of two Congolese nationals [ICC backgrounder] believed to be responsible for the killings of more than 200 men, women, and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraq Inquiry [official website; BBC backgrounder], charged with investigating UK involvement in Iraq, began its public proceedings in London on Tuesday. The committee is expected to assess the legality of the UK’s participation in the Iraq War, although several legal authorities have questioned [BBC News report] its ability [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department (DOJ) [official website] on Monday unsealed [press release, PDF] charging documents against eight defendants for recruiting for and providing financial support to the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab [JURIST news archive]. The defendants are being charged [Ahmed Omar et al. indictment, PDF; Mahamud Omar indictment, PDF; [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The chairwoman of Russia's Council for Promoting Civil and Human Rights [official website] on Monday called the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky a murder and a tragedy. Magnitsky, who was arrested on allegations of tax fraud and held for over a year without a trial after representing London-based [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] approved a new election law [press release, in Arabic] following last Wednesday's veto of a similar bill [JURIST report] by Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi [personal website, in Arabic]. Al-Hashemi indicated that he plans to veto the bill a second time [AFP [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] China announced on Tuesday that two people had been executed for their roles in last year's melamine tainted milk scandal [JURIST news archive], in which almost 300,000 children were sickened and at least six were killed. The two men, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, were found responsible for selling [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF; press release] a lower court decision which held that Congressional restrictions on organizations receiving federal grants through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) [official website] do not violate the First Amendment [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday denied a motion [decision, PDF] filed by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] requesting appellate review of the court's decision to assign standby counsel [decision, PDF; JURIST report]. [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] A US military court at Camp Arifjan [Global Security backgrounder] in Kuwait convicted Sergeant Jarret Taylor of abusing fellow troops and making a false official statement on Friday. Taylor's rank was reduced to private, he was sentenced to six months in jail, and was fined nearly $6,000. The behavior [read more]

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