Legal news from Tuesday, February 23, 2010
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in two cases. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether a federal law [18 USC § 2339B(a)(1)] that prohibits providing [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] ruled Tuesday that current President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] is eligible to run for the senate after her presidential term expires. The Supreme Court denied a petition [Manila Times report] brought by Rep. Risa Hontiveros [official website] of the [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankas Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition [JURIST report] to release opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile]. The Court did, however, approve requests [BBC report] to ensure Fonseka's safety and to allow him greater access to lawyers, family, and colleagues. Fonseka has [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology [official website, in Chinese] has issued new regulations tightening restrictions on Internet use by requiring citizens operating websites to submit identity cards and meet with regulators before their sites can be registered. The Ministry maintains that the restrictions [BBC News report], [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Florida v. Powell [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the requirements of Miranda v. Arizona [opinion text] are satisfied by advice that a suspect has "the right to talk to a lawyer before [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerien rights group, the United Front for the Safeguard of Democratic Assets (Fusad), called Tuesday for the prosecution of ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] on treason charges. Fusad, which is allied with the opposition party that led last week's coup [JURIST report], claims that Tandja is guilty of [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Hertz Corp. v. Friend [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that, for the purposes of diversity jurisdiction [USCourts backgrounder], a corporation's principal place of business shall be determined by the "nerve center" test. The [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French branch of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) [advocacy website] initiated proceedings [AFP report, in French] Sunday against the participation of a 'veiled' candidate in the upcoming French regional elections, following the dismissal of its initial legal action. The candidate, Ilham Moussaid, represents the New Anticapitalist Party [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK rights group Reprieve [advocacy website] on Tuesday initiated legal action [text, PDF] against the UK government for its alleged use of torture policies overseas. Reprieve argues that the government's refusal to make such policies public [press release] suggests that the protocol is illegal and possibly allows torture. Reprieve [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Monday appointed [press release] US lawyer Brenda Hollis as the prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website]. Hollis was appointed in consultation with the government of Sierra Leone, and the appointment was effective as of February 16. Prior [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Monday praised the role [press release] of the civilian criminal justice system in obtaining a guilty plea from suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi. Zazi pleaded guilty [press release; JURIST report] on Monday to three criminal charges of conspiring to use weapons of [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Reconciliation in Liberia hinges on the development of its national security and its legal institutions, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] emphasized [UN News Centre report] in a new progress report [text, PDF] released Monday. The UN report recognizes that the final report [materials] of the Liberian Truth and [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to three criminal charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the US and to commit murder in a foreign country, as well as providing material support for al Qaeda. At Monday's hearing in the US District Court [read more]

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