Legal news from Friday, July 23, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday named the members [press release] of its fact-finding mission into the May flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The UNHRC announced the formation of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Friday accepted a plea agreement [text, PDF] with former Pennsylvania judge Michael Conahan for his involvement in the juvenile sentencing scandal [JURIST news archive]. Conahan, the former president judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that damages are an appropriate remedy for violations of a citizen's rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. The case arose after Vancouver lawyer Cameron Ward was mistakenly arrested for making threats against then-prime minister Jean [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday ordered the arrest of 102 people, including two serving and three retired military officers, in connection with an alleged coup plot. The 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday suspended [order, PDF; press release] an order issued last week [press release; JURIST report] directing the release of accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The court ordered Lubanga's release after [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) [official website] introduced legislation [text, PDF] Wednesday intended to block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] from implementing its National Broadband Plan [official website; materials]. The Freedom for Consumer Choice Act would remove the FCC's ability to declare the actions of a communications [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official website] on Wednesday introduced an amended version of the Senate campaign finance bill [S 3628 materials] in order to gain support from moderate Republicans in the hope of increasing the chance of the bill's passage. The bill, known as the Disclose Act, was [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday seeking to force Montana to provide legal status to same-sex relationships. The lawsuit, filed in Montana's First Judicial District Court [official website] on behalf of seven same-sex couples, seeks declaratory judgment that the state must [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] will not pass broad climate legislation during this session, according to statements made Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website]. Reid said that the body lacks the 60 votes necessary [BBC report] to end debate on the bill and pass the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday convicted a Uighur journalist of endangering national security for statements made following the 2009 Xinjiang riots [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi [CIIC backgrounder] sentenced Gheyret Niyaz, editor of [website, in Chinese] and two state-run websites, to 15 [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Thursday called for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive], saying that he will eventually face trial before the ICC. Last week, the ICC charged al-Bashir with three counts [read more]

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