Legal news from Saturday, April 20, 2013
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Jazmin Barrios, the Guatemala judge presiding over the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] in Guatemala City, began the trial despite a prior ruling annulling the case. Judge Patricia Flores, who was recently reinstated to the case after being recused from it since February [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani judge ruled Saturday that former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would be held in custody for two weeks until his next hearing on May 4. Pakistan's chief commissioner later declared [AP report] Musharraf's estate on the edge of Islamabad a temporary jail, allowing Musharraf [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] on Friday allowed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law [Budget Repair Bill, text] to proceed, despite objections from the state's Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) [union website], a [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kansas Governor Sam Brownback [official website] on Friday signed the strict anti-abortion legislation [HB 2253, PDF] into law. The legislation prohibits abortions based on the baby's sex, prevents abortion providers from receiving certain tax breaks and proclaims that life begins at fertilization. The provision dealing with tax breaks is [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemala president Efrain Rios Montt [Trial Watch Profile] came to a halt Thursday, potentially discarding nearly a year-and-a-half of court proceedings. According to Judge Patricia Flores, all actions taken on Rios Montt's case since she was recused in November 2011 are invalid [Reuters report]. [read more]

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