Legal news from Tuesday, November 23, 2010
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a petition [text, PDF] Tuesday asking Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to pardon the former leader. Aziz was sentenced to [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Alleged Nazi death camp prison guard John Demjanjuk [TIME profile; JURIST news archive] issued a statement on Tuesday accusing the German judges conducting his trial of bias [text] after the they rejected a number of defense petitions. In total, the judges rejected 23 petitions [WP report], including motions regarding [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday expressed her concern [text] over Iran's crackdown on human rights defenders. Pillay expressed particular concern for Nasrin Sotoudeh, the human rights lawyer who has been conducting hunger strikes [BBC report] since her imprisonment [JURIST report] in September [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that defendants with limited English proficiency have a constitutional right to court interpreters in criminal trials. The court's decision overturned the Georgia Court of Appeals [official website] ruling denying the defendant's motion for a new trial. Annie Ling, [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] approved legislation Monday that would require referendums on peace treaties involving ceding land that the country has annexed. In a 65-33 vote, the legislature decided that a referendum would be required [AP report] for any agreement involving the surrender of annexed land that fails [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday declined [opinion, PDF] to rehear en banc a bid by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to overturn a decision that prevents the government from using global positioning systems (GPS) technology to [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called for the revocation [press release] of blasphemy laws [text; JURIST news archive] in Pakistan after a Christian woman was sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] during an argument with other women in her village last [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] on Monday extended [text, PDF] a temporary restraining order blocking the controversial Oklahoma constitutional amendment [SQ 755 text, PDF] banning the courts from considering foreign or Islamic law. Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange said she needed [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Virginia circuit court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit by two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting [JURIST news archive] can proceed against school administrators, despite their claims of sovereign immunity. The judge ruled [AP report] that defendants Charles Steger and former executive [read more]

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