Legal news from Friday, June 11, 2010
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Icelandic Althingi [official website, in Icelandic] on Friday unanimously passed legislation [text, in Icelandic] legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The legislation would end the system of registered partnerships that has been in place in Iceland since 1996, replacing it with a gender-neutral marriage law. Additionally, the marriage [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Guatemalan Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday removed Attorney General Conrado Reyes from power. Reyes was appointed to the position by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom late last month, but he came under close scrutiny earlier this week when the head of the International Commission Against Impunity [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Governor Charlie Crist [official website] on Friday vetoed [veto letter text,PDF] a bill [HB 1143 materials] that would have required women seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to undergo an ultrasound or listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure would be performed. A woman [read more]

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[JURIST] The Italian Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Thursday struck down controversial legislation that imposed increased prison sentences and fines on illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive] convicted of crimes in Italy. The court held that it was unconstitutional [AKI report] to allow judges to impose sentences and fines [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that the dissolution of a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses [BBC backgrounder] by a Russian court violates Articles 9 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The court found that in enacting the [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] on Thursday approved a bill [materials, in Italian] restricting the use of wiretaps [JURIST news archive] and criminalizing the reporting of wiretap transcripts by the news media. Under the proposed legislation, a three-judge panel would be required to grant a wiretap, and [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Four men sentenced to death for the murder of a US Agency for International Development (USAID) [official website] official and his driver in Sudan escaped prison on Thursday, according to police officials. John Granville [USAID profile] and his Sudanese driver Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama were shot and killed in Khartoum [read more]

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[JURIST] US Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) [official websites] on Wednesday introduced a resolution [H Res 1426 text] calling on the Rwandan government to release detained US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive]. In a press release [text], McCollum explained [read more]

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[JURIST] A Finnish court on Friday convicted former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba [Trial Watch profile] on charges relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive], sentencing him to life in prison. Bazaramba had denied charges of involvement in the genocide as well as the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website, in Chinese] on Friday reduced the life sentence [press release, in Chinese] of former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to 20 years, finding that he had not embezzled as much money as previously thought. Additionally, the court reduced the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday defeated a resolution [materials] aimed at limiting the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] to regulate greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive] under the Clean Air Act [materials]. The measure, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) [official website], was [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Nations attending the final day of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute [materials] on Friday in Kampala, Uganda, have been unable to reach a consensus on the adoption of the crime of aggression by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The crime of aggression is listed under [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [official website, in Turkish; BBC profile] on Thursday criticized the country's ban on several Google [corporate website] services, calling for officials to find a legal way to restore access. Gul, in messages posted to his Twitter account [official account, in Turkish], expressed his disapproval of [read more]

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