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Legal news from Thursday, April 7, 2011

[JURIST] Turkish authorities on Thursday replaced lead prosecutors in the Ergenekon coup [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] investigations in response to criticism. The probe has resulted hundreds of arrests, with people awaiting or on trial, but has not yet delivered any verdicts. Among the hundreds arrested are 163 active and … [read more]

[JURIST] Three prominent Kenyans appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in The Hague on Thursday to hear the charges [materials] against them in connection with the violence that followed [JURIST news archive] the December 2007 Kenyan general elections. Facing charges including murder, deportation, rape, inhumane acts, persecution … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision invalidating a state ban on adoptions by same-sex couples. The court affirmed the decision of the Pulaski County Circuit Court [official website] invalidating Act 1 [ACLU backgrounder], a state law which prohibits all unmarried … [read more]

[JURIST] A Somali pirate was sentenced by the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday to 25 years in prison [press release, PDF] for attacking a Danish ship off the coast of Somalia in 2008, for which he and other pirates received a $1.7 million … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged Serbian authorities to halt the forced evictions [report, PDF; press release] of Roma [JURIST news archive] in Belgrade and provide them with adequate housing and compensation. The AI report alleges that Roma living in these informal settlements, approximately one-third of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ohio Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 72 text, PDF] that would limit the availability of abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks. The act, which was approved 24-8 by the Republican-dominated assembly, requires doctors to determine the viability of the fetus and seek a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that errors in the prosecution's case against former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives] are harmless, denying Skilling a new trial. The court, however, went on to vacate the original sentence against Skilling … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama State House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved a bill [HB 56 text, PDF; materials] to create an illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policy comparable to the controversial Arizona law [JURIST news archive]. The bill, approved by a vote of 73-28, would grant state and local … [read more]

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