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Legal news from Friday, March 29, 2013

[JURIST] A Slovak court announced Thursday that the death sentence of 98 year-old Laszlo Csatary [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] has been commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment in order to adhere to modern Slovak law. A court in Czechoslovakia sentenced Csatary to death in absentia in 1948, but … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Wednesday expressed concern [statement; press release] about excessive detention and lack of legal assistance in Brazil, after a ten day visit to the country. The group found that Brazil regularly detains individuals for minor criminal offenses, and some … [read more]

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] on Thursday amended Senate Bill 160 [text, PDF], implementing stricter security and immigration compliance than the original 2011 version. The modifications impose tougher penalties and heighten identification requirements. First, the bill requires all public employers, their contractors and subcontractors to verify the work … [read more]

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Friday ruled that Pol Pot's former deputy Nuon Chea is fit to continue standing trial after the recent death of co-defendant Ieng Sary [ECCC profiles]. The March 14 death [JURIST report] of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar [official website], Tomas Ojea Quintana, expressed serious concerns in a report [text, PDF] on Thursday over growing violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar. The Special Rapporteur urged bold action by the Myanmar government to combat this … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] can suspend power plant construction projects before project completion based on evidence that a plant is underestimating the extent to which the project will affect its … [read more]

[JURIST] The war crimes court for Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website, in Bosnian] on Friday convicted a former paramilitary unit commander from Montenegro on multiple counts of murder, torture, rape and looting committed during the the civil war in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995) and sentenced him to 45 years of … [read more]

[JURIST] Police in China arrested and detained the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday on charges of fraud. Liu Hui was formally charged two weeks ago in a real estate dispute. Liu Hui's arrest may be retaliation [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] The Indiana Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion] the state's school voucher program. The voucher program allows low- and middle-income families to apply public funds towards the cost of attending private schools. Opponents of the voucher program claim that money is diverted from public schools, but the … [read more]

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