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Legal news from Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] ruled Tuesday that an Iraqi national can stand trial in US civilian court for terrorism-related crimes. Chief Judge Thomas Russell, in an 11-page opinion, rejected [Courier-Journal report] arguments made by Waad Ramadan Alwan that, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the release of photographs taken shortly after Osama bin Laden's death. Nonprofit organization Justice Watch [advocacy website] filed a complaint [text, PDF] against the Obama administration in May, claiming that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday heard oral arguments [scheduling order, PDF] in the case of Aloys Ntabakuze [HJP profile], a former Rwandan army officer convicted of genocide and related crimes. Ntabakuze appealed his December 2008 conviction, in which the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday heard oral arguments [press release] in the appeal of Dominique Ntawukulilyayo, the former Sub-Prefect of the southern region of Gisagara. The five judges composing the Appeals Chamber will decide whether the Trial Chamber committed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday extended a hold [order, PDF] on the release of the video recordings of last year's trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban. In response to an emergency motion by proponents of the ban, the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Australian Minister for Defence announced Tuesday that women may now work in any position [press release] within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including combat roles. Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith [official website] cited the "long and proud history" of women serving in the ADF as one of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] resumed on Tuesday after a two-week recess [JURIST report] with prosecutors asking the court to sentence Tymoshenko to seven years in prison and bar her from holding public office. Tymoshenko is on trial on charges … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight cases, consolidating two for oral arguments. In Filarsky v. Delia [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will consider whether a lawyer retained to work with government employees in conducting an internal affairs investigation is … [read more]

[JURIST] Kashmir's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah [personal website] announced on Tuesday that officials will carry out DNA tests on the thousands of bodies recently uncovered in unmarked graves in the country's northern region. Abdullah called for families of missing persons to provide DNA samples [BBC report] for testing. The announcement … [read more]

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