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15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [AICT backgrounder] ruled Monday that the Nigerien military junta should release ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] whom they have held since deposing him [JURIST report] in a February coup. The court, which [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of South Korea [official website] on Monday upheld an appellate court decision that sentenced a defendant to a two-year suspended sentence for possessing instrumental music with titles praising North Korea. Prosecutors charged the defendant, identified only by her last name Song, with violating South Korea's National [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Costco v. Omega [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the first-sale doctrine [17 USC § 109(a)], which provides that the owner of any particular copy "lawfully made under [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeals [official website, in Dutch] on Monday prohibited the eviction [press release, in Dutch] of squatters in Amsterdam, The Hauge, and Leeuwarden. In an oral ruling, the court relied on the European Convention on Human Rights [text], asserting that a person cannot be forced from [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] on Monday criticized [press release, PDF] the Myanmar government for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure a free, fair and inclusive electoral process for the country's first elections in over 20 years. The EU noted that many aspects of the elections, [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard [official website] on Monday announced a national referendum [press release] that seeks to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution [materials]. Currently, although Aborigines make up almost three percent of the Australian population, they are not mentioned in the Constitution. The [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] that lower federal courts may not issue writs of habeas corpus to state prisoners unless their confinement violates federal law. The court overturned a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] the first preliminary challenge to the recently enacted health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive]. Former California lawmaker Steve Baldwin, along with the Pacific Justice Institute [advocacy website] filed for a [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan Supreme Prosecutors Office [official website, in Chinese] on Monday announced the indictment [press release, in Chinese] of 13 people, including three High Court [official website, in Chinese] judges, on charges of bribery, corruption and money laundering. The three judges are accused of accepting more than NT $5 [read more]

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