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Legal news from Wednesday, October 12, 2011

[JURIST] Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] to all counts of a criminal indictment charging him for his role in the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines flight … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange [official website] on Tuesday submitted a filing in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] asking the court not to stay the state's controversial immigration law [text]. The filing was in response to a motion filed last week by the … [read more]

[JURIST] Florida submitted a request to the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Tuesday seeking declaratory judgments regarding recently-enacted changes to the state's Election Code [materials, PDF], four sections of which require Section 5 [DOJ backgrounder] "preclearance" under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) [materials]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior Affairs [official website] and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday denied prisoner torture allegations made earlier this week in a UN report. A spokesperson for the Ministry said at a press conference that there was no basis for the report's findings [Khaama Press … [read more]

[JURIST] Rights groups urged the UN Tuesday to assure that Cambodia will not interfere in a tribunal established by the UN charged with investigating the communist Khmer Rouge regime [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] of the 1970s. The pressure for UN action [AFP report] results from the resignation of Siegfried … [read more]

[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] on Tuesday enacted an antitrust law, provisions of which further his conflict with the country's news media. The new law specifically bars [AP report] news media owners and bankers from holding financial stakes in other industries and generally bars … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three cases on Tuesday. In Pacific Operators Offshore LLP v. Valladolid [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered when an outer continental shelf worker, injured on land, is eligible for compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to seven years in prison [press release] on Tuesday on charges of abuse of power and corruption. Judge Rodion Kireyev also barred Tymoshenko from serving public office for three years and ruled in favor of a … [read more]

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