Legal news from Thursday, March 10, 2011

[JURIST] A grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday indicted [text, PDF] 14 suspects for overtaking a yacht containing four Americans. The Americans, taken as hostages, were later killed by the pirates, the first US citizens to die in the recent wave … [read more]

[JURIST] Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website] promised Thursday to create a new constitution guaranteeing parliamentary and judiciary freedoms, but protesters were not satisfied, flooding the streets in response. In a speech [press release] given to supporters in Sana'a, Saleh promised various reforms:The initiative includes transferring government power to … [read more]

[JURIST] A military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] has sentenced 11 army officers to prison for raping more than 20 women last year, a court official said Thursday. Three officers were sentenced to 15 years in prison [AFP report], while eight others were … [read more]

[JURIST] King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Wednesday announced plans for a series of constitutional reforms [text], which, if enacted, would result in more power being given to elected officials, as well as an independent judiciary. Under the plan, the prime minister would be chosen based on the political party … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma House of Representatives [official website] voted 94-2 Wednesday to approve a bill [HB 1888] that would ban abortion [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of gestation. The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," similar to a bill passed in Nebraska [JURIST report] last year, is based on evidence … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kenyan government announced Wednesday that they will challenge the admissibility of cases [press release] relating to the 2007-2008 post-election violence [JURIST news archive] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], as well as the jurisdiction of the court. The ICC on Tuesday issued summons [JURIST report] for … [read more]

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