Legal news from Monday, August 29, 2011

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] has ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] that a 3 percent cut to state workers' pay to fund the retiree health care benefits violates the Michigan Constitution [text]. Specifically, the court ruled last Thursday that the legislature and former governor Jennifer Granholm lacked the … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] issued a legislative decree on Sunday repealing earlier more restrictive laws on media. Legislative Decree No. 108 for 2011 [Syria Online backgrounder] lifts oppressive legislation which allowed for imprisoning journalists [DP-News report] for "attacking the prestige and dignity of the state, national unity … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Registrar of the High Court Gladys Boss Shollei swore in the nation's first Supreme Court [official website] justices on Friday at a ceremony in the capital city Nairobi. The ceremony was attended by President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] who emphasized the importance [KBC report] of the appointments to … [read more]

[JURIST] Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said Saturday that approximately 100 people imprisoned for their participation in the massive 2009 presidential election protests [JURIST news archive] have been pardoned and released by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official profile; BBC profile]. Though the pardoning of "repentant" prisoners traditionally coincides with … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official profile] announced on Sunday that he will dismiss charges against some of the protesters detained for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. In a nationally televised speech [video], Khalifa conceded that some of the protesters had been subjected to … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo [official website] announced Monday that US prosecutor John Clint Williamson will lead an investigation into allegations that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official profile] participated in an organ trafficking scheme during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

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