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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. Civilians as Human Shields? Gaza War Intensifies Debate - New York TimesThu, 24 Jul 2014 02:53:58 GMT
    Civilians as Human Shields? Gaza War Intensifies DebateNew York TimesThere is no evidence that Hamas and other militants force civilians to stay in areas that are under attack the legal definition of a human shield under international law. But it is indisputable that Gaza militants operate in civilian areas, draw ...and more » More...
  2. Why court's blow to Obamacare won't stick - CNNWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:31 GMT
    ReutersWhy court's blow to Obamacare won't stickCNNIt's a position that's not only completely without legal merit -- "tortured" and "nonsensical," according to one of the 4th Circuit judges -- it's also one that would critically undermine how Obamacare works. But rather than looking at the law as a ...Obama Democrats lose their big bet on health exchangesWashington Examinerall 1,451 news articles » More...
  3. Ex-Barcelona boss insists Neymar contract is legal - gulfnews.comWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:07:50 GMT
    Ex-Barcelona boss insists Neymar contract is legalgulfnews.comInvestigating judge Pablo Ruz in June issued a summons for Rosell and the football club, through its legal representatives, to appear in court as tax crime suspects over the Neymar deal. The Spanish taxman lost out on up to 11.8 million in total ...and more » More...
  4. First Edition: July 23, 2014 - Kaiser Health NewsWed, 23 Jul 2014 11:51:40 GMT
    First Edition: July 23, 2014Kaiser Health NewsKaiser Health News staff writer Julie Rovner reports: Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of ... More...
  5. A minimum wage debate - The HinduWed, 23 Jul 2014 19:03:52 GMT
    A minimum wage debateThe HinduBritain has had a national minimum wage law since 1998. But ahead of the 2015 general election, the opposition Labour Party, which was the architect of the legislation, wants changes so that those at the bottom of the workforce may share the fruits of ...and more » More...
  6. Claremont council rejects alternative water proposal - Inland Valley Daily BulletinWed, 23 Jul 2014 19:30:23 GMT
    Claremont council rejects alternative water proposalInland Valley Daily BulletinCLAREMONT >> The City Council unanimously rejected a proposal between a group of residents and Golden State Water Co., aimed to stop acquisition efforts of the local water system, saying it did not believe it was legally enforceable or provide a long ... More...
  7. Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote - San Jose Mercury NewsWed, 23 Jul 2014 19:23:32 GMT
    Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public voteSan Jose Mercury NewsThey say they were given the authority to raise property taxes to pay for the State Water Project, a vast system of dams and canals, in both a 1959 law and a year later in a statewide ballot measure. And those predate Proposition 13. The Santa Clara ...and more » More...
  8. Communications Atty. Michael Berg Dies At 67 - TV News CheckWed, 23 Jul 2014 22:47:37 GMT
    Communications Atty. Michael Berg Dies At 67TV News CheckBerg's career as a communications attorney stretched back 38 years to when he went to work at the FCC. The career included stints at the NAB and large law firms. For the past seven years, he also wrote the Legal Memo column for TVNewsCheck. By Staff.and more » More...
  9. Prosecutors Sidestep Race as Trial Begins in Shooting of Black Michigan Youth - New York TimesWed, 23 Jul 2014 20:56:14 GMT
    New York TimesProsecutors Sidestep Race as Trial Begins in Shooting of Black Michigan YouthNew York TimesIn Michigan, a self-defense law allows deadly force only if a person honestly and reasonably believes that it is necessary to prevent an imminent death or great bodily harm. Under Michigan's so-called castle doctrine, there is no legal requirement ...and more » More...
  10. Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers sale - New Zealand HeraldThu, 24 Jul 2014 00:05:35 GMT
    Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers saleNew Zealand HeraldThe trial was full of emotion and drama, especially for a probate-court trial to determine technical legal and financial questions. Most of the fireworks came from Donald Sterling, who shouted at attorneys for both sides, denounced the NBA and its ...and more » More...