Legal news from Thursday, December 10, 2009
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday found [order, PDF] the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] in contempt for failing to videotape the testimony of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Al-Adahi. Al-Adahi had petitioned for habeas [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] upheld a lower court decision [press release, in Russian] to shut down the Taganrog Jehovah's Witness congregation and ban the distribution of 34 Jehovah's Witness publications on Tuesday. Both the Jehovah's Witness congregation and the publications are "extremist," the Supreme Court [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian human rights violations following the disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive] in June were among the worst in the past 20 years [press release], according to a report [text, PDF] published Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, "Iran: Election contested, repression compounded," contains testimony from [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] announced Wednesday that its largest anonymous donor will be sharply cutting donations next year [press release] in light of the current economic crisis. The ACLU released a statement [text, PDF] from philanthropist David Gelbaum in which he publicly [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) [official website] held a hearing [press release; video] Wednesday in a case brought by three women alleging that current Irish abortion [JURIST news archive] laws violate their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights [text]. The three women, who all traveled [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Supporters of a New Jersey same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] bill [text, PDF] decided Wednesday night to delay a State Senate vote scheduled for Thursday. The bill's sponsors, Democratic senators Raymond Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg, withdrew the bill [NYT report] from the senate agenda, saying they wanted to allow [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Tuesday executed [Xinhua report] a former general manager of a major Chinese securities trading corporation who was convicted of embezzling and misappropriating more than USD $14 million. Yang Yanming was convicted and sentenced to death in December 2005 in the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Fouad Al Rabiah has been transferred [press release] to the control of the Kuwaiti government. Al Rabiah, a Kuwaiti national, had been held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly eight years under [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a US citizen who served as Bosnian ambassador to the UN cannot be extradited to Sarajevo to face charges of embezzlement. The appeals court reversed a decision by the US District Court for [read more]

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