Legal news from Wednesday, May 11, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed two bribery charges [opinion, PDF] against former Alabama governor Don Siegelman [personal profile; JURIST news archive] and former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] and remanded the case for re-sentencing. The court … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Bahrain should suspend prosecution of civilians in military courts and set up an impartial commission to investigate torture allegations [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday. A Bahraini military court was set to try 14 prominent government opposition activists Thursday, along with several … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday expressed its support for death penalties for "honor killing" convictions in a ruling [text, PDF] upholding the life sentence for a man convicted of an honor killing. The court affirmed Bhagwan Dass's conviction on the charges of killing his daughter … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN rights official expressed concern [UN News Centre report] Tuesday regarding humanitarian aid access to Syrian cities where armed forces have been trying to put down anti-government protests. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos [official profile] issued a statement after the proposed relief … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [order, PDF] a government petition to impose harsher sentences on those convicted for their role in the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Seven former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website] were … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal jury on Wednesday convicted [press release, PDF] Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam on all 14 counts of insider trading. The jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] found that Rajaratnam orchestrated the largest hedge fund insider trading … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] on Tuesday blocked the state's controversial immigration law [HB 497 materials; JURIST news archive], less than 24 hours after it took effect. Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary restraining order [Salt Lake Tribune report] at … [read more]

[JURIST] A Georgia state court judge on Monday reversed his earlier decision blocking a Muslim man from entering his courtroom on three separate occasions on account of the man's religious headwear. Troy "Tariq" Montgomery wears a tight-fitting cap called a kufi—a traditional Muslim symbol of humility. Henry County State Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals court in Niger's capital Niamey ordered the release of former president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] Tuesday after dropping all charges against the ousted leader. Tandja has been in custody for 14 months [AP report] following a military coup [JURIST report] in February 2010. The military junta charged … [read more]

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