Legal news from Sunday, June 23, 2013

[JURIST] Judge Simeon Lake of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] on Friday reduced [DOJ press release] the prison sentence of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives] from more than 24 years in prison to 14 years. As a term of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A new anti-piracy bill allowing for websites to be blocked by Internet service providers (ISPs) upon copyright infringement claims passed through its final two readings in Russia's State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Friday. Under the terms of the new bill [Itar-Tass report], failure to remove site content … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on human rights in Sudan [official website], Mashood Adebayo Baderin, said Friday after his third visit to Sudan [BBC backgrounder] that the human rights situation in the country has undergone positive improvements, but expressed his concern about the ongoing hostilities [press release] in Darfur, Blue Nile … [read more]

[JURIST] Moroccan courts are relying too heavily on coerced confessions and delaying trial proceedings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday, calling for reform of the country's judicial system. The 131-page report, entitled "Just Sign Here: Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco," examines … [read more]

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