Legal news from Tuesday, July 10, 2012

[JURIST] A Massachusetts man agreed to plead guilty on charges of attempting to damage and destroy a federal building, as well as to provide material support to terrorists, authorities announced on Tuesday. The prosecution and the lawyers for Rezwan Ferdaus, a US citizen of Bangladeshi descent born and raised in … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of environmental protection organizations sued the US Department of the Interior [official website], Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [official profile] and other officials on Tuesday in an effort to block offshore oil drilling by Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The lawsuit [complaint, … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Interior Minister of Iraq Mahmoud Thiab al-Ahmed, who served under former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], was released from prison on Tuesday after serving an eight-year sentence for his part in draining the marshes in Southern Iraq. Saddam had accused people living in the marsh areas [Reuters … [read more]

[JURIST] A senior adviser to al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] was released over the weekend from a detention facility in Mauritania, his brother Sidi Ould Walid reported on Monday. Abu Hafs al-Mauritani [Global Security profile], whose full given name is Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, had been in custody under Iranian authority … [read more]

[JURIST] The State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Tuesday ratified the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] accession package protocol [WTO materials], clearing the way for Russia's membership in the global trading system. Despite stiff opposition, the ruling United Russia [official website, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] of Egypt on Tuesday suspended the decree of President Mohammed Morsi calling the dissolved Egyptian parliament back into session. The decision of the court will prevent the decree from taking effect [Ahram Online report] until the court can consider its legality. Morsi issued … [read more]

[JURIST] It was reported Monday that the US will retain control of non-Afghan detainees [The Times report] at Parwan Detention Center at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan, despite plans to transfer control of the facility to the Afghan government in two months. Under the terms … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday urged [press release] the government of Kyrgyzstan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to ensure the protection of human rights and the rule of law. Pillay mentioned that one of the obstacles the country has … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a New York City Department of Health [official website] regulation [text, PDF] requiring stores to display graphic anti-tobacco ads where tobacco products are sold. The court's decision affirmed the ruling of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] of the left wing party Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] announced Monday that he will challenge recent election results in court [press release, in Spanish]. He claimed to have evidence showing that Enrique … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian court in the city of Kharkiv on Tuesday ruled that the tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] would be delayed until July 23 due to Tymoshenko's inability to attend for health reasons. Tymoshenko, 51, has denied any wrongdoing in … [read more]

[JURIST] The online encyclopedia Wikipedia [website] on Tuesday closed its Russian version [website, in Russian] of the site in protest of a controversial Internet regulation bill [materials, in Russian] to be considered by the State Duma [official website, in Russian] this week. The bill, which gives the Russian government the … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] was acquitted of two major counts of corruption but found guilty of a third lesser charge on Tuesday in the culmination of a three-year trial. In a 700-page ruling three senior judges of a Jerusalem court rejected the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian Duma [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday ratified an agreement with the US related to adoption of Russian children by Americans. In a 244-96-2 vote, the nation's legislature agreed to ratify [WP report] the agreement [materials, in Russian] a year after the two countries agreed to sign. … [read more]

[JURIST] German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [official profile, in German] on Tuesday defended the 500 billion euro (USD $632 billion) European Stability Mechanism (ESM) [text, PDF] and the fiscal pact before the nation's Constitutional Court [official website, in German]. He warned [NPR report] the court not to delay the country's … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal hearing officer has recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [official website] in Chicago uphold its initial decision rejecting an Indiana state law [HEA 1210 text] that denies Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) [advocacy website] and other organizations providing abortion services. … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Monday declined to lift an injunction against South Carolina's controversial immigration law [SB 20, materials], despite the recent US Supreme Court [official website] decision striking down most of the model Arizona immigration law … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian parliament convened Tuesday in a brief session despite a court order dissolving the entire parliament. The session only lasted for five minutes [NPR report] but was still enough to deepen the tension between the newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC backgrounder] and the Supreme Council of … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] sentenced [judgment, PDF; press release] convicted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials] to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in recruiting child soldiers. In summarizing the decision of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian] on Monday approved the Parliamentary vote to suspend President Traian Basescu [official website, in Romania] and replace him with a member of the centre-left coalition. Last Friday the Romanian Parliament [official website] voted [JURIST report] 356-114 for impeachment on the … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday set the trial dates for two Kenyan post-election violence cases for next April. The trial of former Kenyan minister William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang [case materials] will begin [decision, PDF] on April 10, 2013, while the trial of … [read more]

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