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Legal news from Thursday, August 25, 2011

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday gave former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive] six days to respond to a motion to split his trial [JURIST report]. The ICTY hopes to hold one trial … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of El Salvador [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday blocked the arrests and extradition of nine former soldiers accused of committing the 1989 "Jesuit Massacre," defying Interpol [official website] red notices for the suspects. The court said that Spain had not presented a formal extradition request … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], joined by several rights groups, appeared before a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday seeking a temporary injunction of the state's new immigration law [HB 56 text]. The law requires … [read more]

[JURIST] Corruption in the Nigerian government has become endemic [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [materials] Thursday, criticizing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] particularly and the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] generally. Although the agency has arraigned 45 … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled [text] that eyewitness-based evidence should be treated more cautiously by New Jersey courts, issuing new guidelines for judges. The court instructed that judges in future cases should hold pretrial hearings to determine all possible variables to the eyewitness testimony … [read more]

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