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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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  2. Tallahassee law enforcement fails to uphold legal principles - Daily Trojan OnlineThu, 17 Apr 2014 06:59:22 GMT
    Tallahassee law enforcement fails to uphold legal principlesDaily Trojan OnlineOn Wednesday, The New York Times published a scathing expose revealing glaring oversights in the investigation of rape allegations against Florida State quarterback and 2013 Heisman Trophy award winner Jameis Winston. The piece, written by Pulitzer ...and more » More...
  3. Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortions - CNNThu, 17 Apr 2014 03:43:26 GMT
    Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortionsCNN(CNN) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is unconstitutional. The law banned most abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be first detected. "The ... More...
  4. What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey? - The Denver PostThu, 17 Apr 2014 06:27:15 GMT
    What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?The Denver PostThursday's hearing in Denver is the second of two hearings on gay marriage that are weighted with legal significance. The cases are the first time an appellate court has considered the ramifications of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck ...and more » More...
  5. Bank of America Swings to Quarterly Loss on Legal Costs - New York TimesWed, 16 Apr 2014 11:41:40 GMT
    Bank of America Swings to Quarterly Loss on Legal CostsNew York TimesBank of America swung to a first-quarter loss of $276 million, as legal expenses related to the financial crisis mounted. The bank said on Wednesday that its litigation expenses increased to $6 billion in the quarter, showing how Bank of America is ... More...
  6. Jeju Island: South Korea's volcanic holiday destination - CNNThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:39:17 GMT
    CNNJeju Island: South Korea's volcanic holiday destinationCNNIn September 2013, Jeju Island was in the news after a Chinese luxury cruise ship was detained for issues related to a legal proceeding over outstanding lease payments. Quick facts. Located 64 kilometers south of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju is one of ...and more » More...
  7. With pot and e-cigarettes, Big Tobacco is just waiting to inhale emerging markets - Washington TimesThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:12:29 GMT
    With pot and e-cigarettes, Big Tobacco is just waiting to inhale emerging marketsWashington TimesElectronic cigarettes and marijuana could prove a vital breath of fresh air for the nation's fading tobacco industry. Desperate for new products and new customers as social and legal attitudes toward cigarette smoking have changed in recent decades, ...and more » More...
  8. Iran Escalates Dispute Over UN Envoy - New York TimesWed, 16 Apr 2014 01:05:02 GMT
    Iran Escalates Dispute Over UN EnvoyNew York TimesInternational jurists, diplomats and other experts familiar with United Nations history said on Tuesday that even if Iran does have legal grounds to argue that its new ambassador's rights have been violated, there is little it can do. Some suggested ...and more » More...
  9. Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies - Washington TimesWed, 16 Apr 2014 19:02:43 GMT
    Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign liesWashington TimesGiven the threat of legal action, the billboard owner declined to run the ad. Driehaus eventually lost his re-election bid and withdrew his complaint before it could be fully heard. The Susan B. Anthony List then challenged the state law as ... More...
  10. Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges - New Zealand HeraldWed, 16 Apr 2014 16:41:24 GMT
    New York TimesBank of America posts loss, hurt by legal chargesNew Zealand HeraldCHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal charges. The Charlotte, North Carolina, bank reported a loss applicable to common shareholders of $514 million, ...Legal expenses push Bank of America into $276-million lossLos Angeles TimesBank of America slides to $276m loss on legal chargeFinancial TimesThe loss follows Bank of America's best year since before the financial crisis.The Fiscal Timesall 360 news articles » More...