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Legal news from Tuesday, June 7, 2011

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] submitted a plan [press release; materials] Tuesday to reduce the state's prison population by over 30,000 inmates to satisfy a court order [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] to reduce prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive]. The plan is a response to the Supreme Court's decision … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. Haarde vowed that he would prove his innocence [Reuters report] and claimed … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) [party website; JURIST news archive] legal Tuesday for the first time since the powerful political organization's inception nearly 80 years ago. An Egyptian elections commission approved [AFP report] the formation of the MB's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). The MB announced the … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] the killings of protesters along the border between Golan Heights and Syria. Pillay reported that between 30 and 40 protesters had been killed by Israeli security forces along the ceasefire line between the occupied … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian and international human rights groups on Monday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate the hundreds of civilian deaths during protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile]. The ICC prosecutor's office indicated it could not investigate the killings [Reuters report] because it can … [read more]

[JURIST] Eric Lipkin, payroll manager for Bernard L Madoff [JURIST news archive] Investment Securities LLC, pleaded guilty on Monday to six criminal counts [charges, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] related to his involvement in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] Tuesday approved Donald Verrilli, Jr [Oyez profile], as the next Solicitor General [official website] by a vote of 72-16 [roll call vote], taking the position left open since Elena Kagan was sworn in [JURIST report] to the Supreme Court [official website] last August. Verrilli … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wyoming Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion] Monday that a same-sex couple married in Canada can get a divorce in Wyoming. The couple was legally married in Canada in 2008 and began divorce proceedings in Wyoming, where the couple resides. A district court determined it did not have … [read more]

[JURIST] The Connecticut Senate [official website] on Saturday approved by a 19-18 vote SB 1014 [text, PDF; materials] which provides for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. The vote was at 18-18 until Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman [official website] broke the deadlock. The bill must now be passed by … [read more]

[JURIST] Four former security guards for Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], on Monday filed a petition [text, PDF] challenging an appeals court ruling that reinstated a manslaughter case against them. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST report] in the Nisour Square … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Attorney General Amos Wako on Monday appealed [text, PDF] the refusal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to transfer two cases against high-ranking Kenyan officials for their alleged involvement in the violence after the 2007 Kenyan elections [JURIST news archive]. In response, the ICC called for … [read more]

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