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Legal news from Monday, June 25, 2012

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the retrial of Ramush Haradinaj [materials; BBC profile], a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] commander and the former prime minister of Kosovo, on Monday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to give him a sentence of at least 20 years. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday issued a per curiam opinion [text, PDF], striking down a century-old campaign finance law in Montana that restricts the amount of money corporations can spend on campaigns. In American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court found that the … [read more]

[JURIST] Ugandan Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo said [press release] last week that no "government official is bent to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others." The statement came only a day … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Monday transferred [press release] the case of Aloys Ndimbati [case materials] to the authorities of the Republic of Rwanda. Ndimbati, a former local government official in Rwanda, has been charged [indictment, PDF] with genocide, complicity in genocide, incitement … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in 10 cases. In the consolidated cases of Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Georgia-Pacific West v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether a … [read more]

[JURIST] India's Foreign Minister SM Krishna [official profile] announced Monday that the New Delhi police have arrested a key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Abu Hamza, an alleged member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], is believed [Reuters report] to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] in two combined cases that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment [text] prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [SCOTUSblog backgrounders], the court was asked to consider the life … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tunisian government on Sunday extradited former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [JURIST news archive] to Libya to face trial for his alleged crimes against the Libyan people. Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali [BBC profile] made the decision over the opposition of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled 5-3 [opinion, PDF] that three provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] are preempted by federal law but upheld the most controversial provision. In Arizona v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], four specific provisions of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] is expected to hear an appeal Monday by a suspected Bosnian war criminal who was ordered to be extradited [JURIST report] to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to stand trial for crimes committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] was ordered to be seen by a court-appointed doctor on Monday after she failed to appear at her tax evasion trial. Tymoshenko is reportedly suffering from a spinal condition which causes her debilitating pain. The court-appointed doctor will … [read more]

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