GUYANA-COURT-Attorney concerned over appointment of private lawyers to prosecute Chief Elections Officer
The attorney representing the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield,’ has criticised the decision by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to hire at least two lawyers to prosecute the charges filed by the police.Nigel Hughes said that while he welcomed the decision by the DPP, Shalimar Hack, to withdraw the private criminal charges against Lowenfield, he is concerned at the lawyers being hired to argue the case for the state.Lowenfield has been charged privately with misconduct in public office and fraud. He is on bail pending the hearing and determination of those charges.Chief Electi...
Makadure Madush’s lawyers write to BASL | Daily FT
The Attorney of Samarasinghe Arachchige Madush Lakshitha, alias ‘Makandure Madush,’ wrote to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) this week, calling on the organisation to condemn the custodial death of their client and to take up the matter with relevant authorities.The letter, written on the advice of Madush’s wife, raises concerns about how the now deceased client was transferred to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) of the Police from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), where Madush was held on detention orders for questioning.The letter calls the transfer of the suspect to the C...
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Algerian women push for more rights at Berber soccer tournament
Algerian women in bright Berber dress ululating, singing, and beating drums at a soccer tournament last week were pushing their fight for gender equality – a cause that has come under greater scrutiny in Algeria after a brutal attack this month.The quiet cobbled village of Sahel was hosting the third annual competition between female teams in the mountainous Kabylie region to push for a bigger role for women in Algerian society.“Women before weren’t free, weren’t allowed to work outside of the house … now we have rights, we can be lawyers, pilots, or do any other jobs, and we are equal to men,...
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Danny Masterson rape trial will go ahead
Judge Eleanor Hunter ruled the complaint was still within the timeframe of the statute of limitations during a hearing on Monday (19Oct20), at which the former That 70s Show star was represented by his lawyers Thomas Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum.Masterson, who was not in court on Monday, has been charged with forcibly raping three women and faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life behind bars if found guilty. The actor will be arraigned on 2 November (20).Judge Hunter has also rejected the defence team's bid to keep the media out of the courtroom.Masterson stands accused of raping a 23-ye...
Speaker: No pork in 2021 budget
Senate eyes ratification by 2nd week of DecemberMANILA, Philippines — The P4.5-trillion national budget passed by the House of Representatives Friday night is free of “pork,” Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said.“We make sure that this is a constitutional budget based on the decision of the Supreme Court. We are all lawyers here and we are making sure that there is no ‘pork’ in the said budget,” Velasco told reporters shortly after the approval on third and final reading of the record-high budget.Malacañang said it’s now the turn of senators to work for the timely approval of the national outlay, t...
Harvey Weinstein's lawyers claim he will die in prison if not released
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have insisted he will die in prison if he is not released.The 68-year-old disgraced movie mogul is currently serving a 23-year sentence at Wende Correctional Facility after being found guilty of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act in New York earlier this year.But his legal team are campaigning to have him freed from prison, because they think his “chances of surviving” his sentence are “rather low”, due to his ongoing health issues, which include diabetic retinopathy, coronary artery disease and spinal stenosis, or pressure on his back nerves, w...
‘Gross injustice’ as ‘heartless’ execs, court give jailed activist 6 hours to mourn dead child
MANILA, Philippines — On Wednesday morning, detained activist Reina Mae Nasino, a 23-year-old first-time mom, was supposed to be brought to the funeral home where the remains of her three-month old daughter lie.The court had ordered Baby River separated from her a month after she gave birth and she had not seen her child since. She had never seen her child alive again.Nasino remained behind bars, at least until noon. Her lawyers found themselves back at the same Manila court that earlier gave them a three-day continous furlough. This time, to plead for it not to take back its previous order an...
Elton John and ex-wife settle legal spat
Blauel, who was married to Elton from 1984 to 1988, sued her ex over the summer (20), claiming he had broken the terms of their divorce deal by discussing details of their time together.She demanded an injunction to prevent future disclosures, as well as hefty damages, but now the former couple has settled the matter."The parties are happy to announce that they have resolved this case, in a way that acknowledges Renate's need for privacy," a joint statement from lawyers for both parties reads."For her part, Renate acknowledges that Elton has acted in a dignified and respectful way towards her ...
Trump takes tax battle back to Supreme Court
New York (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday took his long-running fight to prevent New York prosecutors from obtaining his tax returns to the Supreme Court for a second time.The president's lawyers asked the court to block a federal appeals court ruling that said a subpoena of his tax records can proceed."Irreparable harm will result from the denial of a stay," his lawyers wrote in their appeal to the Supreme Court.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance wants the returns, which cover 2011 to 2018, as part of an investigation into Trump's business affairs.The prosecutor is investigat...
Only The Learned Can Mentor The Learned — Garuba
The Global Mentoring Club (GMC) is the foremost mentoring club for young lawyers across Sub-Saharan Africa. We empower young lawyers in Africa by creating opportunities for them to learn, network and grow through mentorship, job placement as well as personal and career development. I fully appreciate that having the guidance, encouragement and support of a trusted and experienced mentor can provide a mentee with a broad range of personal and professional benefits which ultimately lead to improved performance in the workplace and in life generally and my mantra is only the learned can mentor th...