Legal news from Wednesday, January 25, 2012

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday authorized [order, PDF] the use of television cameras and other recording devices in state courts [press release, PDF]. The order permits "extended media coverage" in courtrooms, which entails broadcasting of proceedings by the use of television, radio, photographic or recording equipment … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Montenegro on Wednesday sentenced four former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) soldiers to up to four years in prison for war crimes committed during the Croatian conflict. In a retrial of a 2010 case, the court found the four defendants guilty of torturing prisoners [RFE/RL report] at … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) [official website] on Wednesday refused to replace a judge presiding over investigations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] after Cambodia attempted to block him. Laurent Kasper-Ansermet is the judge tasked with investigating two possible suspects believed to be involved … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of Maldives lawyers this week submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] the controversial case of detained Maldives Judge Abdulla Mohamed, calling Mohamed's continued detention a violation of the International Convention on the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance [text]. The legal team is … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the state's medical marijuana [JURIST archive] law does not protect providers of the drug from federal prosecution. Judge Donald Molloy [official profile] dismissed a civil lawsuit [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) [advocacy website], a Serbian human rights group, alleged [press release, in Serbian] on Tuesday that Serbian General Ljubisa Dikovic [official profile, in Serbian] committed war crimes [JURIST news archive] in 1998 and 1999 during the war in Kosovo [JURIST news archive]. The HLC pointed … [read more]

[JURIST] Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder] announced Tuesday that Eygpt's state of emergency [JURIST news archive] that has been in effect for nearly 30 years would be lifted later this week. Tantawi did indicate that some of the powers … [read more]

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