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Legal news from Wednesday, January 6, 2010
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been indicted [text, PDF] on six counts for allegedly attempting to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound from Amsterdam to Detroit last month. Abdulmutallab has been charged [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian parliamentary inquiry has found that Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was responsible for the deaths [Alef report, in Persian] of at least three detainees involved in protests that followed the June 12 presidential election [JURIST news archive], the conservative Alef website reported Wednesday. The report alleges that Mortazavi, [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie [official profile] and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner [official profile] on Wednesday announced plans to create a special judicial service to investigate and charge individuals accused of crimes against humanity and genocide in France or in other countries. The new judicial unit [Le Monde [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian High Court on Wednesday temporarily suspended enforcement of last week's ruling [JURIST report] that non-Muslims can use the word "Allah" as a translation for the word "God." The decision came after the Malaysian Home Ministry [official website, in Malay] sought a stay Tuesday. The case [JURIST report] [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday ordered the military to seek advice from legal advisers during battle, rather than just in the planning stages. Ashkenazi reportedly implemented the new regulations in spite of opposition [Haaretz report] from several commanders. The [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that $21.2 million in gold coins and bullion seized last year from the offices of Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] be returned to investors. Stanford is accused of defrauding investors [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] out of $7 billion. Judge David Godbey [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Rhode Island lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow domestic partners [press release], including those in same-sex relationships, to claim the body of their partner and to make funeral arrangements, overriding a veto [JURIST report] by Governor Don Carcieri [official profile]. The legislation [text, PDF] passed by a vote of [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the majority of restrictions on cigarette advertising imposed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act [text, PDF]. The upheld limitations include a ban on distributing clothing and [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a Washington law that prohibits felons from voting violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act [text]. The Washington law, Article VI, Section 3 of the state constitution [text], states that, "All persons [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to improve [transcript] airline passenger security, calling last month's attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 "a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence." Obama said that the US government had sufficient information to uncover the plot, but that "our intelligence community [read more]

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