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Legal news from Tuesday, October 4, 2011

[JURIST] Jury selection began on Tuesday for terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Nigerian accused of attempting to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas Day, 2009. Abdulmutallab will stand trial for eight felony … [read more]

[JURIST] Several new US state election laws that become effective in 2012 may make it harder for some qualified voters to cast their ballots, according to a report [text] released Monday by the Brennan Center for Justice [advocacy website]. The report indicates that as many as five million voters may … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday called on authorities to end the hate speech and discrimination [press release] against the Roma migrants [JURIST news archive] in Bulgaria. The UN human rights office expressed deep concern [UN News Centre report] over … [read more]

[JURIST] Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald [official profile] on Monday notified both prosecution and defense lawyers in the trial of five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] that he will be accepting recommendations until early 2012 on whether the trial should move forward as a death penalty case. … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain [JURIST news archive] civilian-military court on Tuesday sentenced 26 more protesters to prison terms ranging from 5-15 years, bringing the total number of protesters sentenced in the past 48 hours to 60. Those who were sentenced on Tuesday include prominent members of the Shiite political group who … [read more]

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [official profile] initiated the repeal of Malaysia's strict security laws [JURIST news archives] in Parliament [official website] on Monday. In an effort to protect civil liberties while maintaining a balance of public peace [AP report], Razak is expected to repeal the Internal Security Act … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Judge Mark Davis on Monday ruled [Virginian Pilot report] that two Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] who killed four Americans will spend their lives in prison. Mahdi Jama Mohamed and Muhidin Salad Omar, the two convicted men, apologized … [read more]

[JURIST] The Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice [official website] on Monday rejected a challenge [ruling, PDF] by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) [advocacy website] that the UK's interrogation guidelines [materials, PDF] are unlawful. The guidelines provide steps that must be taken by intelligence officers … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] has charged Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, leader of Jamaat e Islami (JI) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], with war crimes allegedly stemming from the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Bangladesh established the tribunal in March 2010 [JURIST report] to address charges … [read more]

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli [official website] on Friday filed a petition for certiorari [text, PDF] asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the recent Fourth Circuit ruling [JURIST report] dismissing Virginia's challenge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. … [read more]

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