Legal news from Sunday, September 9, 2012

[JURIST] Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] was sentenced to death after being convicted on three counts of murder on Sunday. The verdict was given in absentia [Iraqi News report] because al-Hashemi has been in hiding since the arrest warrant was issued [Reuters report]. Al-Hashemi, who is … [read more]

[JURIST] The states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont filed an amicus brief [text, PDF] along with several other groups in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Friday in support of the lower court ruling that found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday announced that it would pursue legal proceedings against the al Wefaq [official website, in Arabic] political party, which it labels an opposition group, for engaging in anti-government protests in the face of a ban [JURIST report] of those activities. Bahrain officials claim … [read more]

[JURIST] The Justice M.B. Shah Commission of Inquiry [official website], an Indian judicial committee investigating illegal mining practices, issued a report Friday that indicted Digambar Kamat, the former Chief Minister of the state of Goa [official website], for permitting illegal mining in the state during his 12 year tenure as … [read more]

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