Legal news from Tuesday, April 20, 2010
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Dolan v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a district court may enter a restitution order beyond the time limit prescribed in 18 USC § 3664(d)(5) [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Constitutional Court [official website, in Russian] on Monday upheld [judgment text, in Russian] the practice of trying terrorism cases in the absence of juries. Several Russian citizens had challenged the constitutionality of certain provisions of the country's Criminal Procedure Code, which provided that criminal cases involving crimes under [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief Legal Counsel [official website] to the UN, Under-Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien [official profile, PDF], and Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister Sok An said Monday that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] needs financial support from the international community. In a joint statement [text; UN [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] in The Hague ruled [judgment, PDF; case materials] Tuesday that Uruguay may continue operating a pulp mill on the River Uruguay despite breaching its treaty obligations to Argentina. The ICJ found that Uruguay did not breach its substantive obligation [press release, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Oklahoma State Senate [official website] voted to approve five anti-abortion bills on Monday, sending three to Governor Brad Henry [official website] for his approval and returning two to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives [official website]. The first bill [HB 2526 text, RTF] would prevent "wrongful life" lawsuits [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two political parties in eastern Sudan on Tuesday accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) [party website] of using voter fraud and intimidation in gaining electoral victories in their region of the country during last week's national elections. Representatives of the Beja Congress party and the Democratic Congress for [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in United States v. Stevens [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a federal law [18 USC § 48 text] banning depictions of animal cruelty violates the First Amendment [text]. The US Court of Appeals [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona Senate approved a bill [SB 1070 materials] on Monday that would establish one of the strictest illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policies in the nation, requiring individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants to provide proof of their legal status. The bill proposes giving the police permission to [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two Blackwater [JURIST news archive] contractors working for the US Department of Defense [official website] will not face the death penalty for the alleged May 2009 shooting of two Afghans at an intersection in Kabul. Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi and Christopher Drotleff of Virginia Beach, were arrested in [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Milan judges presiding over the tax fraud trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] suspended the trial Monday while consulting [ASCA report, in Italian] with a Constitutional Court [official website] on the legitimacy of a new law that Berlusconi has invoked to postpone criminal [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website, in Bahasa] voted 8-1 Monday to uphold [judgment, PDF, in Bahasa; press release, in Bahasa] a controversial anti-blasphemy law enacted in 1965 by the first Indonesian president. The court rejected the legal challenge raised by a coalition of human rights groups and social [read more]

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