Legal news from Thursday, June 21, 2012

[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Thursday renewed calls for the Canadian government to respond to a request to transfer Khadr to Canada. A former child soldier for al Qaeda, Khadr has expressed his desire to serve … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai [official profile] on Thursday called on the international community to protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association [press release]. In a report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council [official website], he provided several recommendations for improving the situation of … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Libyan government told reporters this week that the government has begun interrogations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] staff members detained in Libya. The Libyan government maintains that they have evidence some of the ICC staff may have broken the law [UPI report]. … [read more]

[JURIST] A five-judge panel for the West Jakarta district court in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday sentenced Umar Patek to 20 years in prison for his role in several terrorist plots including the Jakarta church bombings in 2000 and the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Patek was … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled unanimously [decision, PDF] that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] indecency guidelines were too vague to be properly enforced. The case, Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], hinges on indecency issues raised in two separate … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [decision, PDF] Thursday that the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) [materials; JURIST report], which reduces minimum sentences for crack-cocaine convictions, applies to defendants who were sentenced after the act was in place, even if they were arrested before the act took effect. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday filed [ACLU press release] a memorandum [text, PDF] on behalf of the Obama administration rejecting a request to reveal information about the targeted killing program against suspected terrorists and US citizens abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Thursday indicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, secretary general of the Jamaat e Islam (JI) [official website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] on seven counts of crimes against humanity he allegedly committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The panel of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-2 [opinion, PDF] Thursday that unions cannot increase mandatory fees of nonmembers for political expenditures without providing adequate notice and opportunity to object. In Knox v. Service Employees Int'l Union [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] a group of nonunion, public employees in California sued their … [read more]

[JURIST] Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] police on Thursday arrested two former Bosnian Serb soldiers accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic were detained [WP report] near the eastern town of Zvornik, according to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] Thursday that any fact other than a prior conviction which leads to a sentence greater than the statutory maximum must be submitted to the jury. In Southern Union Co. v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the defendant was convicted under … [read more]

[JURIST] An Australian federal court on Thursday fined [judgment] Apple's subsidiary in the country, Apple Pty Limited [corporate website], 2.25 million Australian dollars (USD $2.29 million) for its misleading marketing and advertising of iPad tablets. Justice Mordecai Bromberg for the Federal Court of Australia [official website] found, and Apple admitted, … [read more]

[JURIST] Two of the founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website] have filed appeals in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], challenging their convictions for copyright violations in a Swedish court. Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, two of the co-founders of TPB, filed the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the arrest of Makhdoom Shahabuddin [BBC profile], a former health minister from Punjab Province and the nominee for the country's new prime minister position. President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] nominated Shahabuddin earlier on Thursday to fill the position of former prime minister … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday expressed concern [press release] about recent actions taken by the Egyptian military to expand their power, saying the military's expansive power and lack of oversight puts citizens at risk. The rights group said recent decrees of the Supreme Council of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] resigned Thursday over allegations that he used public funds for personal trips between 2008 and 2012. Carlos Divar [El Pais profile], who is also the chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, announced [El Pais report] during … [read more]

[JURIST] Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II on Wednesday upheld a jury verdict finding Virginia Tech University [official website] guilty of negligence for its response to the 2007 shootings. In March, a jury found the University guilty for failing to warn students [JURIST report] of a gunman on the … [read more]

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