A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Thursday, February 25, 2010
by Zach Zagger

A Turkish court on Thursday released three high ranking military officials detained for questioning over an alleged coup plot, hours after top political and military officials met to discuss the escalating situation. The court released former chief of the Navy, Adm. Ozden Ornek, ex-chief of the Air Force Gen. Ibrahim Firtina, and Gen. Ergin Saygun, ex-deputy chief …

[read more]
by Sarah Miley

UK Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP), Keir Starmer, published a new policy on Thursday for prosecutors in regards to cases of assisted suicide. While the new policy does not legalize assisted suicide, it introduces six public interest considerations against prosecution, including compassion of the suspect, an effort to dissuade the victim, …

[read more]
by Daniel Makosky

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay publicly supported the final report of the UN Fact Finding Mission of the Gaza Conflict on Wednesday, calling its conclusions sound. The report, originally adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October, accused both Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) …

[read more]
by Haley Wojdowski

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said Wednesday that the state of Maryland and its agencies should recognize same-sex marriages performed lawfully in other states. Gansler's opinion, issued in response to a legislator's request for clarification of Maryland law, said that the state's highest court would likely rule that legal same-sex marriages from …

[read more]
by Jonathan Cohen

Incidents of anti-Semitism in Canada have risen 11.4 percent since 2008, according to a Wednesday report by B'nai Brith Canada. The group found that there were 1,264 incidents of anti-Semitic harassment, violence, and vandalism in Canada during 2009. It also said that anti-Semitic incidents increased globally in 2009, linking them to a …

[read more]
by Andrea Bottorff

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that the government can continue to hold indefinitely two Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainees, even though the men had been cleared for release by the Bush administration two years ago. Judge Gladys Kessler denied the petitions for habeas corpus filed by …

[read more]
by Bhargav Katikaneni

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday convicted ex-army officer Ephrem Setako on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and murder and sentenced him to 25 years in prison. The tribunal found that Setanko, a lieutenant colonel in the Rwandan Army who was also head …

[read more]
by Andrea Bottorff

The Constitutional Court of Korea ruled Thursday that the death penalty does not violate the South Korean constitution. The court's 5-4 decision could lead to a reinstatement of the death penalty in South Korea, which has held an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment since former president Kim Dae-Jung …

[read more]
by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Senate voted Wednesday night to authorize three key provisions of the USA Patriot Act set to expire on Sunday. The bill, passed by a voice vote, would allow federal authorities to conduct "roving" wiretaps, to compel the production of business, medical, and library records, and to track so-called "lone wolf" …

[read more]
by Matt Glenn

UN Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze on Wednesday praised the increasing number of countries that have suspended or abolished the death penalty. Speaking at the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Ordzhonikidze expressed hope that countries that have not abolished the death penalty would adopt the …

[read more]
by Carrie Schimizzi

The Venezuelan government is continuously violating basic human rights, particularly freedom of expression, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for the Organization of American States (OAS) said in a report released Wednesday. The Democracy and Human Rights in Venezuela report provides a detailed analysis on the state of human rights in the country, …

[read more]
by Matt Glenn

The European Commission (EC) confirmed Wednesday that it has received three antitrust complaints against Google regarding the way the search engine ranks search results, but said it has not started a formal investigation. UK price comparison company Foundem, French legal website EJustice, and consumer review website Ciao …

[read more]
by Haley Wojdowski

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) briefed lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on the specifics of enhanced interrogation techniques, according to declassified documents made public by Judicial Watch on Tuesday. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a court order, indicate that at least 68 members of congress …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.