Legal news from Wednesday, March 9, 2011
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] signed Senate Bill 3539 [text] on Wednesday, absolishing the death penalty [JURIST news archive] in Illinois. Two months after the Illinois Senate [official website] approved the bill [JURIST report], Quinn signed the bill [audio] into law. Justifying his decision in a statement [press [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday asked a federal judge to cancel his retrial [motion to dismiss] and sentence him on the single charge on which was originally convicted. Blagojevich was found guilty [JURIST report] last year of making false statements to the FBI, but [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN appointed a team of special prosecutors on Wednesday to investigate allegations that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has ordered forces to torture and abduct opponents. Although a probe was launched last week [JURIST report] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], special [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A defense lawyer representing former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday accused the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] of political bias during his closing arguments in Taylor's trial [OSJI backgrounder] in The Hague on charges of war crimes and crimes against [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday appealed [notice, PDF] a ruling in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] declaring the health care reform law [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] unconstitutional [order, PDF]. On Friday, Judge Roger Vinson granted [order, [read more]

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