Judicial Independence




France to introduce new legislation punishing yellow vest protesters

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish people who hold unsanctioned protests after seven weeks of anti-government unrest. His government wants to draft new legislation that will ban troublemakers from protests and clamp down on the wearing of masks at demonstrations. He said 80,000 members of the security forces would be deployed […]

Read more
Country: France
Source: AA , BBC




MI5 provides immunity for agents’ criminal acts, tribunal told

MI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual assaults, a tribunal has heard. The policy, in existence since the early 1990s, is likely to have enabled the Security Service to conceal wide ranging illegal activity, Ben Jaffey QC, representing an alliance of human rights group, told […]

Read more
Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian



US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

The United States threatened on Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body “unaccountable” and “outright dangerous” to the United States, Israel and […]

Read more
Country: United States
Source: TRT World



German neo-Nazi Beate Zschäpe sentenced to life for NSU murders

A German court sentenced neo-Nazi Beate Zschaepe to life in prison Wednesday for the terrorist group NSU’s murders and bomb attacks targeting Turkish immigrants. At Munich’s Higher Regional Court, Presiding Judge Manfred Goetzl said Zschaepe was guilty of membership in a terrorist group and complicity in 10 murders and two bomb attacks committed by the neo-Nazi group. Goetzl ruled […]

Read more
Country: Germany
Source: Anadolu Agency



San Diego DA says she won’t take law enforcement donations — but they’re still fueling her campaign

Immediately after a heated debate last Thursday that focused on police accountability, the criminalization of homelessness, and the use of gang databases, interim San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan spoke to a handful of reporters in a room not far from the stage at the Chula Vista library. There, she fielded several questions about the […]

Read more
Country: United States
Source: In Justice Today



Sacramento DA gets $13,000 from police unions days after Stephon Clark’s death

Sacramento County’s top prosecutor received $13,000 in campaign donations from two local law enforcement unions just days after Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento police who shot the unarmed African American man, campaign finance records show. The unions and Anne Marie Schubert’s camp call the donations’ timing less than a week after Clark’s death on […]

Read more
Country: United States
Source: The Sacramento Bee




Romanian Parliament removes the word “independent” for definition of prosecutors

Romania’s lower house of parliament, which is dominated by the ruling Social Democrats, has approved legislation to overhaul the country’s justice system. Two bills and a third which was approved on Monday, include changes to the jobs of magistrates and amends the definition of prosecutor activity to exclude the word “independent”. There will also be […]

Read more
Country: Romania
Source: Euronews