Legal news from Thursday, September 9, 2010
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that Austria's state gambling monopoly, which blocks foreign casino companies from the licensing process, is incompatible with EU law. The court held that allowing only domestic operators to apply for licenses constituted such a difference in treatment [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday denied a request from a conservative group to order Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown [official profiles] to appeal the federal court ruling that struck down the controversial ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The request was brought [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the Obama administration's request for an emergency stay [order, PDF] Thursday, lifting the ban on stem cell research [JURIST news archive]. The Obama administration sought the stay Wednesday after Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese prison on Thursday released Chen Guangcheng [HRW case timeline, JURIST news archive], a blind Chinese human rights legal activist who has finished serving a four-year sentence [JURIST report] for damaging property and "organizing a mob to disturb traffic." According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge ruled Wednesday that three soldiers charged in connection with a 1982 peasant massacre [JURIST news archive] that left more than 260 dead will face trial. Of the 17 soldiers accused of committing crimes against humanity during the 1960-1996 Guatemalan civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], three were captured [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has been detained for allegedly spreading propaganda and colluding against national security, her family said Wednesday. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is most widely known for representing political activists following the controversial 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive], was summoned to an Iranian prison [BBC [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese Intermediate People's Court in Shandong sentenced former top anti-corruption official Wang Huayuan to death on Thursday for taking bribes. Wang confessed [Xinhua report] to taking 7.71 million yuan (USD $1.13 million) in bribes while he was secretary for discipline inspection for commissions in the Guangdong and Zhejiang [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Somali man pleaded guilty [press release, PDF] on Wednesday to piracy [JURIST news archive] charges stemming from an attack on a Danish ship carrying cargo from a Texas-based company. Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to "conspiracy [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police announced Wednesday the arrest of three men suspected of helping Faisal Shahzad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] plan and fund his failed May attempt to detonate a bomb in New York City's Times Square. Officials said that the young Pakistani citizens, Shahid Hussain, Shoaib Mughal and Humba [read more]

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