Legal news from Thursday, June 3, 2010
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian Senate [official website] on Wednesday voted 85-0 to pass revisions [text] to the Nigerian Constitution [text] that would clarify the exercise of executive authority in the absence of the president. The constitutional revisions would require the president to inform the National Assembly [official website] in writing of [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) [advocacy website] details continued widespread racial discrimination in jury selection in Southern states. EJI conducted research in eight southern states over a two-year period and found that the practice of striking members from a jury based on [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean human rights activist Farai Maguwu was arrested Thursday for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP) [advocacy website]. Maguwu, head of a prominent non-governmental organization (NGO) monitoring the diamond fields, had been in hiding for [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday attempted to commit suicide while being held in a Rwandan prison on charges of genocide denial, according to police. Erlinder was reportedly found semiconscious [New Times report] in his cell Wednesday morning as [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] issued two judgments on Thursday against UK betting companies Ladbrokes International and Betfair [judgments], upholding Dutch restrictions on Internet gambling. The Netherlands Supreme Court [official website] sought guidance from the ECJ to determine whether the Dutch licensing system was compatible with [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A top UN official on Wednesday called on the US to cease CIA drone strikes [press release] in Pakistan until more accountability for the strikes exists. UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston [official website] said that, despite their usefulness against terrorist organizations, the international [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A civil judge and court clerk were shot and killed in a central Brussels courtroom on Thursday by a man attending the morning's hearings. Police were searching for the shooter who fled the courtroom, but may have been injured [Irish Times report] while escaping. Private gun ownership is legal [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered [memorandum, PDF] executive agencies to offer greater benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees and their children, expanding benefits to their allowable limits under federal law. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text] prevents the Obama administration from extending the full [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed additional charges [superseding indictment, PDF] against four members of the "Christian warrior" militia, Hutaree [militia website; CNN backgrounder], alleging possession of machine guns and unregistered rifles, as well as use of firearms during a violent crime. Nine members of the militia were originally indicted [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Wednesday introduced [press release] the Copyright Modernization Act [text; materials] aimed at updating existing copyright law [text, PDF] and bringing it in line with international standards. If passed, the bill would protect copyright holders by prohibiting hacking of digital locks, allowing the use of user-generated [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], the country's highest appeals court, ruled Tuesday that couples seeking to adopt children of a certain ethnicity or race "are not suitable for international adoption." The judgment was prompted by the case of a Sicilian couple who declared that they [read more]

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