Legal news from Wednesday, June 15, 2011

[JURIST] The UN on Tuesday denied reports it instructed the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] to close further investigations into war crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archives] regime. In a controversial move, the ECCC closed Case 3 [materials] in April, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) [official website] of Kenya on Wednesday selected five appointees to serve on the nation's first Supreme Court. After taking a week to interview 25 candidates, the JSC panel selected [KBC report] one woman and four men to present to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] announced Wednesday that Rwandan genocide suspect and former Hutu militia leader Bernard Munyagishari was transferred from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the UN Detention Facility in Tanzania on Tuesday. He is set to make his initial appearance … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of 10 US congressmen filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against President Barack Obama on Wednesday for circumventing Congress' authority by increasing military strikes against Libya. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Walter Jones (R-NC) [official websites] held a press conference announcing [press release] the filing in the US … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] on Wednesday published [press release] a preliminary report [text, PDF] describing human rights violations in Syria and calling for an investigation into government-authorized abuses related to pro-democracy protests that began earlier this year. The UN Human … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] upheld [opinion text] the Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF] on Tuesday, overruling the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] finding [JURIST report] that legislators had violated the "open meetings" rule. Ruling 4-3, the court stated that lower court Judge Maryann … [read more]

[JURIST] The Taiwan Judicial Yuan [official website] President Lai Hau-min announced Tuesday a new law to remove judges, but critics argue the measure could destroy judicial independence. The new law requires [Taiwan Today report] that judges be evaluated every three years by a committee that will include two academics and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday initiated a grand jury investigation into the torture and death of a detainee at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad. Manadel Al-Jamadi was captured [JURIST report] by US Navy SEALs on November 4, 2003 and held in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday upheld [opinion] a state immigration law [HB 1804 text, PDF] as constitutional except for a section denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with crimes. The court ruled 8-1 that HB 1804's denial of bail to illegal immigrants charged with felonies or for … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a motion [text; JURIST report] by Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive] supporters to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker's holding that the same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional [JURIST report]. Proposition … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive], a federal law barring same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], is unconstitutional. A legally married same-sex couple filed a joint petition under … [read more]

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