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Legal news from Thursday, March 20, 2014

[JURIST] Human rights lawyer Morton Sklar urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday to investigate attacks in Cambodia on political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile]. Sklar accused [AP report] the Cambodian authorities of a systematic pattern of crimes to silence dissenting opinions … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Thursday voted nearly unanimously to approve Russia's annexation of Crimea despite threats of further sanctions from Western powers. The vote coincided with the arrival of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile, JURIST news archive] in Moscow, who came to meet … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted Senate President Nikom Wairatpanij [official profile] for alleged wrongdoing when he ended the debate on a bill to amend the Thai constitution [materials] even though members still wanted to discuss the bill further. Wairatpanij has been accused of malfeasance for not being neutral during the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hanoi Supreme People's Court [official website, in Vietnamese] in Vietnam on Wednesday sentenced blogger Oham Viet Dao to 15 months in prison for posting articles criticizing the government. Dao's sentence follows that of popular blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who was sentenced [BBC report] to two years in prison … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Minnesota [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Wednesday that part of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the advising or encouraging of suicide is unconstitutional. The court overturned the conviction of William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide, after a judge found … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of Kenya [official website] ruled on Wednesday that journalist Walter Barasa can be extradited to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Barasa is accused of using bribes to disrupt the prosecution in the ongoing crimes against humanity case against Kenyan Deputy President William … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] on Wednesday ordered [PDF] the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) [official website] to assist Kansas and Arizona in enforcing their proof of citizenship laws for new voters by adding language requested by both states to the state-specific instructions … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Tuesday ruled [order, PDF] that two inmate executions scheduled for March 20 and March 27 must be delayed for at least a month so that the state may have additional time to either procure the appropriate execution drugs or to … [read more]

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