Legal news from Thursday, February 16, 2012

[JURIST] La Procura di Roma, the public prosecutors of Rome, has asked the Tribunale Ordinario di Roma [official website, in Italian] to put former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his son on trial for tax evasion, judicial sources said on Thursday. La Procura is … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday called for the reduction of overcrowding [press release] to improve poor prison conditions in Latin America following a prison fire in Honduras. The fire occurred this past Tuesday and killed more than 300 inmates while injuring dozens more. According to HRW, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Senate [official website] on Wednesday voted to pass a bill [SB 1433 text; materials] that defines life as beginning at the moment of conception. The bill passed 34-8 and will advance to the State House for consideration. If passed, the bill would effectively ban abortions [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Ahmed Refaat will set the date to announce his verdict in a court session next Wednesday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile, JURIST news archive], the judge told the court Thursday. Mubarak's lawyers will have their opportunity to make their final remarks … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday voted 5-2 [materials] to approve a proposed civil union bill [SB12-002 text, PDF], referring it to the Colorado Senate [official website] for a full vote. The bill gives same-sex couples the "all legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses" joined … [read more]

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] Thursday called on Syria to end to violence against civilians and possible crimes against humanity [press release]. During a speech in Vienna, Austria, the Secretary General said he had urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile, JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino [BBC profile] called for public support Thursday to encourage impeachment proceedings against Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile]. Aquino warned that the fight against corruption depended on the result [AFP report] of the impeachment. Aquino invoked the "people power" revolution, which gives Filipinos the … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday delayed [order, PDF] the trial of former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive], setting a new start date of May 14. The previous start date for the trial … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [text] accusing the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] in Libya of allowing the abuse and torture of supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] by unofficial militias. In the report, AI alleges that … [read more]

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