Legal news from Monday, August 27, 2012

[JURIST] The Parliament of Romania on Monday recognized the return to office of suspended President Traian Basescu after accepting a recent Constitutional Court [official websites, in Romanian] decision [text, PDF] that invalidated [JURIST report] a national referendum to remove the leader. Parliament's acceptance of the ruling [Reuters report] comes only … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawyer for three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot on Monday appealed the two-year sentences imposed on the women last week. Defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov conceded that the decision of the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow has little chance of being reversed [Reuters report] due … [read more]

[JURIST] Opponents of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's statewide ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] urged the US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday not to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari submitted [JURIST report] by Proposition 8 supporters. The petition was filed last month … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Friday tentatively approved a settlement agreement between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Seattle relating to a DOJ investigation of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) [official websites]. Judge James … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday granted Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf three additional weeks to urge Switzerland to reopen an old corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. Ashraf appeared in court on Monday to explain why the court should not charge him … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced two local UN staff members to imprisonment for their alleged involvement in sectarian violence that gripped the western Rakhine state this past spring. One of the staff members worked for [DVM report] the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the other … [read more]

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