Legal news from Wednesday, February 3, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the majority of an injunction against an Oklahoma anti-illegal immigration law, but did permit the state to enact a provision whereby businesses would have to check their employment roster against a state list of eligible workers through a pilot program. [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese police official said Wednesday that three people have been arrested [Xinhua report] for their involvement in the 2008 melamine-tainted milk scandal [JURIST news archive]. The general manager of Lekang Dairy Co., Zhang Wenxue, as well as vice general manager Zhu Shuming and milk powder dealer Ma Shuangling [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday reversed [decision, PDF; press release] a Pre-Trial Chamber decision that denied the application for an arrest warrant on genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [JURIST news archive]. The court emphasized that the reversal was procedural [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [official profile, JURIST news archive] entered a plea of not guilty on Wednesday at the start of his sodomy trial. Anwar's defense lawyers are hoping to postpone the trial until the resolution of his appeals of the High Court's refusal to dismiss the sodomy [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Council announced [press release] Wednesday that it would accept two Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. The council decided to admit the detainees for humanitarian reasons, despite the Chinese citizenship of both Uighurs and recent warnings [JURIST report] by the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] has approved a bill to give the Supreme Court [official website] jurisdiction to review appeals of court-martial decisions. The proposed legislation, known as the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009 [HR 569 text], would modify the high court's jurisdiction so [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland [official website, in French] announced [press release] Wednesday that $4.6 million seized from the bank accounts of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder] must be returned to his family. The decision [judgment, in French], made just hours before the January 12 Haitian [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) [official website] announced on Tuesday that the country will accept one detainee [press release] from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison. The MFA accepted the detainee as a show of support for US President Barack Obama in his attempt to close [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US and Russia have reached an agreement for the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty since 1991, official said Tuesday. The landmark treaty, which will replace the recently expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty [materials], will include significant reductions [WSJ report] in both the number of deployed nuclear weapons as [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday vacated and remanded [opinion, PDF] the 22-year prison sentence for so-called "millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam [PBS profile], finding that the district court's failure to follow proper sentencing guidelines resulted in an inappropriately lenient sentence. Ressam, an [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official profile] on Tuesday proposed [transcript] a referendum to reform the nation's election system. Brown has proposed an alternative voting system in which voters would rank candidates in order of preference. He added that the change will not affect the forthcoming elections. Brown said: [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] announced [prepared testimony, PDF; press release] on Tuesday the creation of a panel to prepare the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] for the repeal of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy [10 USC § 654 text; HRC backgrounder]. [read more]

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