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Legal news from Thursday, December 3, 2009
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Five more people have been sentenced to death by a Chinese court in connection with the July Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], state media reported [Xinhua report] Thursday. The sentencing came in connection to the killing of a police officer with a rock and the killing of bystanders during [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Two justices on Russia's Constitutional Court [official website, in Russian] renounced their positions Wednesday, on the recommendations of their fellow justices, after publicly criticizing the nation's lack of judicial independence. Senior justice Anatoly Kononov, whose term of office was to expire in 2017, will resign [Moscow Times report] from [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Wednesday released more than 40 redacted e-mails [text, PDF] sent by former diplomat Richard Colvin to then-foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay [official profile] raising concerns about the torture of detainees who were transferred to Afghan prisons by Canadian authorities. The e-mails, which Colvin alleges were [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress [official website, in spanish] on Wednesday voted 111-14 not to reinstate ousted president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] who was removed by a military coup earlier this year. The vote was held [El Heraldo report, in Spanish] in accordance with the Tegucigalpa/San Jose [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that Deputy Attorney General David Ogden [official profile] will resign from his position [press release] to reenter the private sector. Ogden outlined his reasons for leaving, citing his original goal to assist in a smooth transition from the previous [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Quebec Superior Court [official website] began hearing arguments [CCIJ press release] Wednesday on the pivotal issue of Canadian torture victims' right to sue foreign governments and foreign officials on Canadian soil. The case was brought by Stephan Hashemi, son of slain Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi [CBC profile; JURIST [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Albania is willing to accept [press release] additional Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, Prime Minister Sali Berisha [official website] told reporters on Wednesday, calling closure of the prison a "human rights issue." Berisha said [Balkan Insight report] that he will not accept Chinese Uighurs [JURIST news archive] due [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee [official website] on Wednesday approved [press release] the Financial Stability Improvement Act [HR 3996 materials; summary, PDF] to address various economic dangers posed by large financial institutions. The bill seeks to increase regulation and to allow government regulators to control the [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Current US immigration detention and transfer policies unnecessarily interfere with individual detainees' rights to counsel and procedural fairness, according to two reports released Wednesday urging reforms to the system. According to a report [text, PDF; press release] by the Constitution Project [advocacy website], the government should:improv[e] access to counsel [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] on Wednesday voted against [daily summary, PDF] legislation aimed at reducing carbon pollution. The Senate voted 41-33 [official proceedings] against the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No.2] [materials] and ten related bills that would have established a cap-and-trade system. The scheme, similar to [read more]

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