Legal news from Tuesday, August 3, 2010
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Primary Court for the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTV) [official website] on Tuesday fined former Afghan police chief General Mohlem $14,000 and sentenced him to 10 years in prison for connections he was found to have with drug traffickers. The sentence is the country's first for a [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation making it a crime to provide legal services to, or on behalf of, individuals labeled Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday signed legislation that reduces the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 [S 1789 materials] amends existing law to reduce the current sentencing ratio from 100:1 to 18:1. Under the existing law passed in [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking to a crowd of students and businesspeople at New York University's Stern School of Business on Tuesday, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner [official profile] promised [speech text] a rapid rollout of new rules mandated by the Restoring Financial Stability Act [HR 4173 materials]. Signed into law [JURIST report] [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Criminal Court [Red Cross backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive] said on Tuesday that it has sentenced to death a senior official of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. Mezban Khadar Hadi [Global Security profile], who was a leader in Saddam's Baath Party [BBC backgrounder], [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] on Monday criticized [report, PDF; press release] the abortion [JURIST news archive] laws of the Philippines as a "human rights crisis," resulting in the death of thousands of women annually. In a report, "Forsaken Lives," the reproductive rights group characterizes the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A South African court on Tuesday sentenced former INTERPOL [official website] president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi [official profile; JURIST news archive] to 15 years in prison for corruption. Selebi was convicted of corruption [JURIST report] in July for receiving $170,000 in bribes from convicted drug smuggler [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan regional administrator Dominique Ntawukulilyayo was sentenced [press release] by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] Tuesday to 25 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Ntawukulilyayo, the former sub-prefect of the southern district of Gisagara, [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] on Monday held 6-1 [opinion, PDF] that a state ban on preferential hiring practices for minorities and women does not violate the federal Constitution [text]. Justice Kathryn Werdegar, writing for the majority, held that the ban on giving preferential treatment in the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Michigan public interest law firm, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (GLELC) [official website], on Monday sent a notice of intent to file suit [text, PDF; GLELC release] to Enbridge, Inc. [corporate website], the Canadian owner of the Michigan pipeline that ruptured [AP report] on July 26 and dumped [read more]

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