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Legal news from Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday resentenced Wadih El-Hage [GlobalSecurity profile] to life in prison for his role in the 1998 bombing of two US embassies [PBS backgrounder] in Tanzania and Kenya. El-Hage was permitted to speak … [read more]

[JURIST] Deputy commander of the JEM-Bashar and International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] war crimes suspect, Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus [ICC case summary] has reportedly been killed in Northern Darfur. The group reported his death on Monday [Radio Drabanga report], which was later confirmed by his defense team [BBC report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was denied bail on Wednesday in the case regarding the assassination [JURIST report] of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Musharraf was applying for pre-arrest interim bail, citing severe threats to his safety. Specifically, Pakistani … [read more]

[JURIST] The German Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled Wednesday that an anti-terrorism database does not violate [press release, in German] any rights guaranteed by the country's constitution. The court, however, requested the that government perform security enhancements and further access restrictions to the database by the conclusion … [read more]

[JURIST] The Guatemalan Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday ordered Judge Jasmine Barrios to annul the case of former Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] over the genocide of Mayan Indians [Economist report]. The Constitutional Court also ordered the case sent back [Miami Herald report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Sekhar v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether an attorney's "recommendation" is intangible property that can be gained through bribery, and thus under the jurisdiction of federal extortion law … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 7-2 Tuesday in Moncrieffe v. Holder [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that noncitizens have not committed an "aggravated felony" if they are convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana, and are eligible for discretionary review of their immigration case. The Immigration and Nationality … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] swore Monday to preserve the independence of the judicial system despite protests by Islamist groups to remove thousands of judges. Morsi issued a statement [Reuters report] after emergency talks on Monday with the Supreme Judicial Council and the prosecutor general. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Monday that Apple did not infringe a Motorola [corporate websites] patent covering proximity sensors. The USITC concluded that the concept at issue was too obvious to merit patent protection. Although Apple is based in the US, it outsources … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] on Tuesday denied permission to the Home Secretary to appeal to the nation's Supreme Court [official website] the decision not to deport radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to Jordan. The appeals court refused [JURIST report] to deport … [read more]

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