Legal news from Wednesday, January 20, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a memorandum [text] directing the heads of government agencies to conduct a review of the tax delinquency status of all companies that compete for federal contracts. Citing a need to protect taxpayer money and a total unpaid tax figure in excess of [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Berghuis v. Smith [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on whether there is a constitutional violation when the African-American representation on a jury [read more]

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[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Wednesday convicted four democracy activists of subversion. After a one-day trial, prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh [JURIST news archive] was sentenced to five years [BBC report] in prison. Le Thang Long also received a five-year sentence, Nguyen Tien Trung was sentenced to seven [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] released its detailed judgment [judgment, PDF] regarding the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) [text] on Wednesday. The ordinance granted President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] and 8,000 other government officials immunity from charges including corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, murder, and terrorism between [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [judgment, DOC; in French] a suit against Italy by Palestinian immigrants alleging illegal expulsion from the country. In a statement [press release] explaining its decision, the court questioned the existence of at least 34 of the 84 [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] challenging the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer [JURIST report]. Karadzic argued that the trial court erred by not allowing [read more]

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[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official profile] announced [statement] the country's plans for enhanced airport security measures and anti-terrorism efforts to the House of Commons [official website] on Wednesday. The new security provisions include increasing intelligence information-sharing with foreign agencies and extending the Home Office Watchlist to include both [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Kucana v. Holder [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal statute [8 USC § 1252(a)(2)(B)(ii) text] gives federal courts jurisdiction to review rulings on motions to reopen decisions by the Board of [read more]

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[JURIST] Spokesperson for the First People of Kalahari (FPK) [Right Livelihood backgrounder] Roy Sesana announced [AllAfrica report] Tuesday that his organization plans to take its land dispute case against the Botswana government to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website, JURIST news archive]. The FPK is an advocacy group [read more]

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[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court on Wednesday postponed the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] until February 2 pending their decision on his access to prosecution evidence. Anwar's lawyers appealed to the Federal Court to enforce an earlier High Court order [Bernama report] granting [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in South Carolina v. North Carolina [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Catawba River Water Supply Project (CRWSP), and Duke Energy Carolinas may intervene in the water dispute between the two states, but that [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Wood v. Allen [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a state court reasonably concluded that, during the sentencing phase of a capital case, the defense attorney's failure to present the defendant's impaired mental [read more]

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[JURIST] Kenya's Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) decided Tuesday not to grant women equal marriage rights to men in the new constitution. References to civil society, religious groups, and rights of gays were also omitted [Daily Nation report] as the PSC reviewed recommendations from the Committee of Experts and decided which [read more]

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[JURIST] The federal trial of Aafia Siddiqui [JURIST news archive], a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, began Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Siddiqui is charged [complaint, PDF] with assault and the attempted murder of a US officer [read more]

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[JURIST] UK-based human rights group Reprieve [advocacy website] issued a statement [text] Tuesday suggesting that the Obama administration has suppressed information relating to the investigation of three 2006 Guantanamo Bay suicides [JURIST report] and urging further inquiries. The statement comes in response to an article [text] for an upcoming issue [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday that 22 individuals were indicted [materials] for violating federal bribery laws in an effort to obtain foreign business contracts. An undercover operation conducted by the FBI found violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) [text], [read more]

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