Judgement

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »

Highlights From Court Ruling Halting Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

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Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson of United States District Court in Honolulu, who issued a… The New York Times The case was brought by the state of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh, an American citizen of Egyptian descent who is an imam and a leader in… Addressing the government’s contention that the… Highlights From Court… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

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Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »

Turkish court upholds free speech … for Erdogan

A photo taken on July 20, 2016 shows a Turkish flag on the Istanbul Justice Palace (Adalet Sarayi).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, as global alarm grew over a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The botched coup attempt that rattled Turkey on July 15, 2016, marked a double setback for the country’s democracy. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor As the academic Vahap Coskun succinctly described it, the failed putsch “was an insurrection against the democratic order by a group that had infiltrated the state. Those in the… Turkish court upholds… Read More »

Race And The Death Penalty: How Stereotyping Almost Killed A Black Man In America

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A decision handed down in the United States late last week has shone a spotlight on the issue of racial bias against defendants of colour, writes Stephen Keim and Luke Craske. Stephen Keim and Luke Craske New Matilda In its decision in Buck v Davis, the United States Supreme Court has held that for counsel to lead evidence indicating that a client is more likely to commit future acts of violence because of his race, this does, in fact, violate that… ... Read More »

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

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A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »

Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison?

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Interactive case study Calla Wahlquist, Ri Liu and Nick Evershed The Guardian Follow a 13-year-old Indigenous boy through the youth justice system and see what happens when he is cautioned, charged or placed in custody. This is a hypothetical… Jacob’s story: a… Read More »

Who’s To Say The Word ‘Slants’ Offends Asians? The Supreme Court, That’s Who.

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How an Asian-American band’s trademark battle aims to reclaim derogatory names — and the First Amendment. Cristian Farias The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court tends to take a skeptical view whenever the government polices speech it doesn’t like.. But what if the… Who’s To Say… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed

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Cristina ordered to pay fines and Inaki Urdangarin given six-year sentence for charges including fraud and tax evasion. Al Jazeera The husband of Spain’s Princess Cristina has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion, while the… A panel of judges ruled on Friday that Cristina, the… Spain’s Princess Cristina… Read More »

Kenya’s high court declares move to close the world’s largest refugee camp illegal

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A Kenyan court has ruled that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn… ABC The decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of… Kenya’s Internal Security Minister abused his power by ordering the closure of Dadaab camp, Judge… Kenya’s high court… Read More »

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

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Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. Ben White Al Jazeera News A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping… Israeli torture of… Read More »

Death penalty: Australia’s top lawyers urge Government to push for end to capital punishment worldwide

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Some of the nation’s biggest legal heavy-hitters are pushing the Australian Government to end the death penalty worldwide. David Taylor ABC Today marks the 50th anniversary since the last Australian was executed on home soil, but since then six Australians have died at the hands of other governments. The Law Council is… Death penalty: Australia’s… Read More »

Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled… The Associated Press CBS Sacramento California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the… Court Rules Against… Read More »