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Legal news from Monday, March 28, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] called on the Chinese government Monday to free detained human rights lawyer [statement, PDF] Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], whom they claim is being held in violation of international law. Gao was abducted and detained in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two consolidated cases concerning campaign financing [JURIST news archive]. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether the … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge sentenced former Enron Broadband Services [JURIST news archive] executive Rex Shelby [Houston Chronicle profile] to two years probation Monday on charges of insider trading. The sentencing marks the end of an eight-year long criminal prosecution of Enron executives linked to investment fraud that caused the fall … [read more]

[JURIST] Kosovo's Constitutional Court [official website] on Monday declared last month's presidential election of Behgjet Pacolli [official website] unconstitutional [press release]. The decision comes after a complaint was filed by opposition parliamentarians who alleged irregularities in the voting process by which Pacolli was elected. The court declared the election unconstitutional … [read more]

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors investigating an alleged secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that they are asking US officials to question two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who claim they were held and abused at the site. The lawyers submitted their request [AP report], which includes a list … [read more]

[JURIST] Use of the death penalty [JURIST news archive] is on the decline across the world, according to a report [text] released Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Excluding China, which keeps its death penalty statistics secret, the number of executions worldwide decreased from 714 in 2009 to 527 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case over whether an employment discrimination claim can be brought against a religiously affiliated school despite the "ministerial exception." In Hosanna-Tabor Church v. EEOC [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Equal Employment … [read more]

[JURIST] A former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] prison guard at the notorious Toul Sleng prison appeared at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday to appeal his 35-year prison sentence. Lawyers for Kaing Guek Eav [ECCC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] argued before the ECCC … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [NYT backgrounder] announced Monday that it would lift the state of emergency [JURIST news archive] before parliamentary polls to be held in September. General Mamdouh Shaheen, speaking for the military council, announced the parliamentary elections and said that the presidential election … [read more]

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