Legal news from Tuesday, September 28, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian blogger known for popularizing blogs in Iran has been sentenced to 19.5 years imprisonment for cooperating with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promoting counterrevolutionary groups and maintaining obscene websites. In addition to serving his prison sentence, Hossein Derakhshan [Ottawa Citizen profile] faces a five-year [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The co-chairman of Turkey's Peace and Democracy Party, Kurdish rights advocate Selahattin Demirtash [official profile, in Turkish] was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for allegedly promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) [BBC backgrounder; FAS backgrounder]. A Turkish court ruled that Demirtash promoted the PKK [Zaman report, [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in 14 cases. In Smith v. Bayer Corp. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine two issues. First the court will decide whether, under the re-litigation exception of the Anti-Injunction Act [28 [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Somali state of Puntland [official website] on Tuesday sentenced a pirate [JURIST news archive] to death for murdering the skipper of cargo ship in June. Salah Mohamed Gelle, considered a pirate ringleader, highjacked [AFP report] the MV QSM Dubai, along with seven other pirates, in [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged EU members to stop forcibly deporting [report, PDF; press release] Roma migrants [JURIST news archive] to Kosovo. AI believes that Roma, as well as other ethnic minority groups, could face persecution or violence upon their return. The report emphasizes the tension [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered [text, PDF] a district court judge to reconsider the stay of execution in the case of Albert Brown. Brown was convicted [NYT report] of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl in [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday ruled that a securities fraud class-action lawsuit against American International Group (AIG) [corporate website] can move forward. Judge Taylor Swain refused to dismiss the suit [Reuters report], which is led by [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Philippines military court dismissed mutiny charges Tuesday against seven officers allegedly involved in the February 2006 coup attempt [BBC report] against former president Gloria Macapagl-Arroyo [BBC profile]. The seven-member military tribunal determined there was insufficient evidence [Inquirer report] to charge the seven junior officers with committing "overt acts" [read more]

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