Legal news from Monday, October 21, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed [order list, PDF] Monday to rule on a case addressing the legal standard for assessing whether an individual is mentally retarded in order to determine that person's eligibility for the death penalty. In Hall v. Florida [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], on Monday requested life imprisonment in the case [court materials] against two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. The former leaders, Nuon Chea, also known as "Brother … [read more]

[JURIST] Three companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities involved in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million. The scandal involved two former judges for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas [official website], Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan, who allegedly … [read more]

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website; JURIST news archive] may still face potential criminal liability regardless of a tentative $13 billion deal to settle civil disputes resulting from the US government's probe into mortgage-bond sales made by the banking giant and its subsidiaries in the run-up to the sub-prime … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the state's statute prohibiting the solicitation of sodomy is constitutional. The case concerned a former police officer named James Edwin Watson who was convicted of soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy [AJC report]. Watson argued that the … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Uganda is failing to hold senior officials accountable for corruption, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and Yale Law School's Allard K Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic [academic website]. The Ugandan government has reportedly also … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website;] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Monday that Spain must release a member of the Basque Separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] because her detention violates EU law. Ines del Rio Prada was convicted of plotting … [read more]

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