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  1. Thailand court dismissed charges against suspected Russia arms dealer2012-10-05T00:00:00-05:00
    On October 5, 2010, the Bangkok Criminal Court dismissed charges of money laundering and fraud that had been brought against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The court stated that there was insufficient evidence, and other technicalities influenced the decision to drop the charges. The charges had been filed by Thai prosecutors in conjunction with US prosecutors. Bout could face charges in the US for conspiracy to kill US nationals and supporting terrorism. Emblem of Thailand Learn more about Viktor Bout from the JURIST news archive. Also on This Day at Law: NYC car bomber sentenced to life in prison China restricted human organ transplants from prisoners More...
  2. Jury selection began for accused plane bomber2012-10-04T00:00:00-05:00
    On October 4, 2011, jury selection began for suspected terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was accused of attempting to bring down a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb in his underwear. Abdulmutallab was charged with eight felonies and could face life in prison. Abdulmutallab will be representing himself, and a federal judge ruled that statements made by Abdulmutallab while in a hospital will be admitted during the trial. Learn more about terrorism from the JURIST news archive. Also on This Day at Law: DOJ sued credit card companies for antitrust violations ICC, UN signed cooperation agreement More...
  3. Israel military tribunal convicted soldiers of using boy to search for explosives2012-10-03T00:00:00-05:00
    On October 3, 2010, two Israeli soldiers were convicted of using a 9-year-old boy to search bags for explosives during the 2008-2009 Gaza war. The boy made a statement to an advocacy group, Defense for Children International, stating that he feared the soldiers would kill him if he did not search their bags. The tribunal stated that Israel's Supreme Court had banned the use of human shields and similar tactics, including this situation. The UN Human Rights Council has been addressing reports of human rights concerns during the Gaza war. Coat of arms of Israel Learn more about the Gaza war from the JURIST news archive. Also on This Day More...
  4. California governor signed bill prohibiting circumcision bans2012-10-02T00:00:00-05:00
    On October 2, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 768, a bill preventing local governments from banning male circumcision, into law. The law was created as a response to a San Francisco ballot measure called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill, which prohibited male circumcision. A San Francisco judge had ruled in July 2011 that the measure could not appear on the ballot because it served no legitimate purpose and was preempted by California's Business and Profession Code, prohibiting regulation of medical services. Learn more about legal issues surrounding circumcision from the JURIST news archive. Also on This Day at Law: Nine US states sued EPA under Clean Water Act More...
  5. Obama reaffirmed support for DOMA repeal 2012-10-01T00:00:00-05:00
    On October 1, 2011, US President Barack Obama gave a speech reaffirming his intent to fight for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Among measures discussed that his administration had undertaken for equal rights, President Obama cited the recent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) on September 20, 2011. In February 2011, Congressional Democrats introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, following the Department of Justice (DOJ) statement that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA. In September 2012, the DOJ asked the Supreme Court to consider two new challenges to DOMA, bringing the total number pending to four. US President Barack More...
  6. ICC announced prosecution of suspects for Kenya 2007 post-election violence2012-09-30T00:00:00-05:00
    On September 30, 2009, International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced that the court would be prosecuting those responsible for 2007 post-election violence in Kenya because of the country's failure to establish its own tribunal. Because Kenya is a signatory to the Rome Statute, the ICC had jurisdiction over the case in the event that Kenya could not establish an appropriate tribunal. The trials against the four defendants are set to begin in April 2013. The combined charges include rape, murder, forcible transfer and persecution. International Criminal Court Learn more about Kenya from the JURIST news archive, and read an overview of the International Criminal Court in Features. More...
  7. Rights groups filed Canadian indictment against Bush for torture2012-09-29T00:00:00-05:00
    On September 29, 2011, two rights organizations filed an indictment [PDF] against former US president George W. Bush with the Canadian Department of Justice for allegations that he commissioned a torture program during his time in office. The indictment was the second of the year; the first was filed in Geneva, Switzerland. In October 2011, however, the Attorney General for British Columbia blocked the lawsuit, prompting outcry that failure to proceed with the lawsuit violated international law. Signing of the Military Commissions Act Learn more about George W. Bush from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the Canadian AG's decision from Guest Columnists Matt Eisenbrandt and Katherine Gallagher More...
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  1. Spending Big to Fight Big Donors in Campaigns - New York TimesTue, 29 Jul 2014 02:26:49 GMT
    New York TimesSpending Big to Fight Big Donors in CampaignsNew York TimesInside-the-Beltway people don't think this issue matters, they don't think voters vote on the basis of this issue, and they advise their politicians not to talk about it, said Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School with ties to Silicon ... More...
  2. GOP Senate Nominees Speak Out Against Historical Racing - Texas TribuneMon, 28 Jul 2014 22:20:35 GMT
    GOP Senate Nominees Speak Out Against Historical RacingTexas TribuneSeveral commissioners said approving historical racing would be a necessary and legal step to prop up the racing industry, which has struggled against flashier out-of-state competition. The sole no vote came from Ann O'Connell, a special counsel at the ...and more » More...
  3. NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge - Washington ExaminerMon, 28 Jul 2014 20:54:18 GMT
    NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challengeWashington ExaminerALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents ...and more » More...
  4. Senators ask White House to clarify federal pot laws - The Seattle TimesTue, 29 Jul 2014 04:02:16 GMT
    Senators ask White House to clarify federal pot lawsThe Seattle TimesThe letter is part of an effort to prod Congress to eventually amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to allow states to operate legal marijuana markets and remove the possibility of federal prosecution on a range of activities related to ...and more » More...
  5. Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake - Washington TimesTue, 29 Jul 2014 01:56:27 GMT
    SFGateBorder surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stakeWashington TimesRight now his legacy is at stake and he has the opportunity to redefine what it means to be President Obama, said Lorella Praeli, policy director for United We Dream, an advocacy group that pressured Mr. Obama two years ago to grant tentative legal ...What will and won't get done before Congress leaves townCNNObama mulls large-scale move on immigrationWashington Examinerall 398 news articles » More...
  6. Sterling case is a novel legal obstacle course - Los Angeles TimesMon, 28 Jul 2014 02:12:24 GMT
    NBCNews.comSterling case is a novel legal obstacle courseLos Angeles TimesExperts say that the latter two issues, in particular, venture into novel legal ground. With limited precedent to guide him, Levanas will fall back on arcane provisions of California's probate code and case law that has little in common with one of the ...Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of ClippersThe Seattle Timesall 545 news articles » More...
  7. Appeals Panel Rejects Virginia Gay-Marriage Ban - New York TimesMon, 28 Jul 2014 23:56:44 GMT
    Appeals Panel Rejects Virginia Gay-Marriage BanNew York TimesVirginia, which overturned the state's law against interracial marriage. That and subsequent decisions described a fundamental right to marry, Judge Floyd wrote, that may stretch to accommodate changing societal norms. Emily Schall-Townley, the ... More...
  8. Wash. eatery's pot smoking area illegal, state says - KOIN.comTue, 29 Jul 2014 00:30:14 GMT
    Wash. eatery's pot smoking area illegal, state saysKOIN.comThe owners said the enclosed area in front of the restaurant is mostly secluded and not within public view: a legal place to smoke pot. It's a privatized establishment that's made a choice to be 420-friendly, said Mint Tea Chef Josh Simpson. On the ...and more » More...
  9. San Bruno alleges misconduct by regulator in PG&E explosion case - Los Angeles TimesTue, 29 Jul 2014 01:55:16 GMT
    MiamiHerald.comSan Bruno alleges misconduct by regulator in PG&E explosion caseLos Angeles TimesA PUC spokeswoman, speaking for the commission and Peevey, said her agency "takes seriously all allegations of bias and rule violations" and would evaluate the San Bruno legal motions after they are filed. PG&E, in a letter to the city, said it also ...Emails show PG&E and regulator have 'illegal, unethical relationship,' San ...San Jose Mercury Newsall 69 news articles » More...
  10. Pilot Rachel joins legal firm - The Westmorland GazetteMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:44:25 GMT
    Pilot Rachel joins legal firmThe Westmorland GazetteMILNE Moser solicitors in Kendal has added a new face to its ranks this month. Rachel Broughton, of Kents Bank, has joined the firm from Holdens solicitors. She has nine years experience in criminal law, working on subjects ranging from road traffic to ... More...