Legal news from Monday, November 29, 2010
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Wall v. Kholi [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report]. The court is considering whether a state court sentence-reduction motion consisting of a plea for leniency constitutes an "application for State [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Defense (DOD) [official websites] are conducting a criminal investigation of WikiLeaks [website; JURIST news archive] over its release of confidential government communications. Holder condemned WikiLeaks' recent release of government cables [NYT [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday called North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong, which killed four, including two civilians, a crime against humanity. The president's statement [video, report in Korean] was the first addressed to the public since last week's attack on the residential area. He characterized North Korea's [read more]

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[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced former foreign minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to 10 years in prison for his involvement with the displacement and killing of minority Shiite Kurds during Saddam Hussein's rule in the 1980s. Aziz received a lesser sentence [Bloomberg report] compared to [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases, consolidating two cases concerning campaign financing [JURIST news archive]. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether the First [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Monday dismissed the case against the ruling Democrat Party [party website] for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Judge Udomsak Nitimontree dismissed the suit, brought in June by the Electoral Commission of Thailand (EC) [official website], citing the commissioner's failure to follow [read more]

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[JURIST] Swiss voters on Sunday approved [press release] by a 52.9 percent majority a "Deportation Initiative" [text, in French] that would amend the Swiss Constitution to allow the immediate deportation of foreigners who commit certain criminal offenses. The list of crimes range from serious offenses such as murder, rape and [read more]

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