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Legal news from Monday, April 12, 2010
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that federal prisoners are not entitled to a base level of compensation for work performed while incarcerated. Serra v. Lappin grew out of a challenge brought by attorney J. Tony Serra, who was [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Election Commission [official website] on Monday called for the dissolution of the ruling party for failing to report donations and alleged misuse of those donations. The Commission's decision [AP report] comes amid some of the deadliest political clashes Thailand has experienced in nearly two decades, as Thai protesters, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] on Monday released Church procedures [text] for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, instructing, "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed." The "Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations" summarizes the procedures governing [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Seven Icelandic government officials acted with gross negligence in their management of the country's financial system prior to a 2008 bank collapse, according to a report [materials, in Icelandic] released Monday by a parliamentary panel. The Special Investigation Committee (SIC), convened in 2008 by the Icelandic Parliament [official website] [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] withdrew her candidacy on Friday. Dawn Johnsen [professional profile], nominated [JURIST report] as the OLC's Assistant Attorney General in January 2009, has faced over a year of objection from Republicans for her [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow City Court [official website] judge known for presiding over cases involving neo-Nazi groups was killed Monday morning while leaving his apartment. The murder [BBC report] of Judge Eduard Chuvashov is suspected to be a contract killing [Al Jazeera report] in light of the death threats he faced [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) [official website] on Sunday said that Senate approval of the so-called New START treaty [text, PDF; BBC backgrounder] will not happen this year. Speaking on a morning talk show, Alexander stated [transcript], "there's not a chance the treaty will be approved this year. It [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday released a report [text, PDF] criticizing some European nations' practice of seeking "no-torture" assurances from other countries in order to remove foreigners. According to the report, the assurances are used to return people to countries with records of human rights abuses. AI [read more]

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