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Legal news from Wednesday, March 30, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in the consolidated cases of Isiogu v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. and Talk America Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. [oral argument transcript, PDF] on whether, pursuant to the Telecommunications Act … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [NYT backgrounder] on Wednesday unveiled an interim constitution that allows the council to retain control over the country until an elected government is installed. The document vests the military council with presidential powers [Al-Ahram report], including the abilities to introduce legislation, … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of judges for the Amsterdam District Court on Wednesday ordered that the trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive], on charges [prosecution materials, in Dutch] of making anti-Islamic statements, go ahead over his objections that the court was the improper venue for … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday overturned [opinion, PDF] a lower court's decision granting release to Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman. Uthman's 2004 habeas corpus petition challenging his basis for detention was granted when the US … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] on Tuesday signed into law a bill outlawing abortions [JURIST news archive] performed based on the sex or race of the fetus. Representative Steve Montenegro sponsored HB 2442 and HB 2443 [legislative materials], which separately outlaw abortions based on the child's sex or … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] Tuesday prohibiting implementation of the state's new Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF]. The order emphasizes that a temporary restraining order [JURIST report] issued March 18 prohibits not only publication of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Somaliland [official website; BBC profile], an unrecognized independent region in northern Somalia [BBC profile], opened a maximum security prison [Somaliland Press report] for pirates [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday. The prison, refurbished by a USD $1.5 million grant from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website], … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [press release] Jean-Baptiste Gatete to life imprisonment, the highest sentence meted out by the ICTR, for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Gatete, the former Mayor of Murambi Commune in Byumba … [read more]

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