Legal news from Wednesday, December 2, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Senate [official website] rejected legislation [text; materials] Wednesday that would have legalized same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The sponsors of the bill, supported by New York Governor David Paterson [official profile], were unable to marshal the votes required to pass the bill out of the state [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday ordered [text, PDF; press release] former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC materials, JURIST news archive] to remain in custody until his trial next spring. The ruling reverses a decision [JURIST report] issued in August ordering Bemba's [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian economist and journalist Saeed Laylaz was sentenced to a nine-year jail term on Wednesday for possessing classified information and participating in protests following the contested presidential election in June [JURIST news archive]. Laylaz has been a longstanding critic of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the constitutional scope of states' authority to modify property boundaries without a [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian high court ruled [Bernama report] Tuesday that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] will stand trial on charges on sodomy early next year. Counsel for Anwar had argued for the case to be thrown out [Star report] since medical reports showed no conclusive proof [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the District of Columbia [official website] voted Tuesday in favor of a law that would allow same-sex marriages to be performed in Washington, DC. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009 [text, PDF] passed with a vote of 11-2, despite opposition from [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] named [press release] a new head co-prosecutor Wednesday after the September resignation [JURIST report] of Canadian Robert Petit. UK lawyer Andrew Cayley, who will serve alongside a Cambodian prosecutor, has previously been in private practice defending alleged war [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have filed a motion [text, PDF] to dismiss the charges against him, according to heavily redacted court documents made public Tuesday. Ghailani's lawyers argued that his right to a speedy trial was violated [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] Switzerland's ban on building minarets [JURIST report], a type of tower associated with Islamic mosques. The ban, which was approved Sunday with 57.5 percent of the vote and the majority of Swiss cantons, was [read more]

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