Legal news from Thursday, September 23, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday sentenced Aafia Siddiqui [JURIST news archive], a Pakistani woman convicted [JURIST report] of attempting to murder US personnel at the Afghan facility where she was being held, to 86 years in [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile; JURIST news archive] in absentia to 10 years in prison following his conviction on charges of forging and disseminating [JURIST report] a false map of the Cambodia-Vietnam border on his political party's website. The map [document, PDF] [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Department of the Higher Court in Belgrade on Wednesday sentenced [press release; PDF] former paramilitary officer Zeljko Djukic to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the deaths of 14 civilians in March 1999 during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Djukic, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla [JURIST news archive] violated international law, according to a report [text, PDF] released Wednesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. After conducting numerous interviews with eye-witnesses and viewing other evidence, the fact-finding mission determined that Israeli forces committed several international [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Florida's Third District Court of Appeal [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a state law [63.042 text] prohibiting gay couples from adopting, finding that it failed rational basis review and violated the state constitution's equal protection clause. The case was brought by Martin Gill, a gay man [read more]

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