Legal news from Tuesday, January 18, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in the consolidated cases of General Dynamics Corp. v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] and The Boeing Company v. United States on the ability of the government, under … [read more]

[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] submitted 10 constitutional referendum questions [text, PDF, in Spanish] on Monday to the Constitutional Court of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] to certify their legality. The proposed reforms would alter the way judges are chosen, amend … [read more]

[JURIST] Sudanese security forces on Tuesday arrested opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile] and eight other opposition party members. The arrests come after the Popular Congress Party (PCP) called for a popular uprising in protest of price increases on various goods. The party officials called for a "popular revolution" [Reuters] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Frankfurt High Regional Court on Tuesday began the trial of a former Rwandan mayor on genocide charges relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Onesphore Rwabukombe [Trial Watch profile], a 54-year-old ethnic Hutu, allegedly coordinated three massacres [AFP report] in which … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday urged government leaders in Tunisia to initiate dialogue between all sides in an attempt to restore rule of law in the country following the ousting of its president [JURIST report] last week. In a press conference [transcript] held in Abu Dhabi, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] declined Tuesday to rule on a DC same-sex marriage referendum and a Guantanamo detainee appeal but granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a consolidated case involving Medicaid reimbursement rates. In Jackson v. DC Board of Elections and Ethics [docket], the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rwanda National Police Force [official website] issued an international arrest warrant [press release] Monday for four former Rwandan government officials now living in the US and South Africa. The four include former army chief of staff General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, former ambassador to the US Theogene Rodasingwa, former … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutor for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website; JURIST news archive] Daniel Bellemare filed a sealed indictment [statement, PDF; press release] with the tribunal's pretrial judge Monday charging an unknown number of people for their roles in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST … [read more]

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