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Supreme Court rules Conservative retroactive parole law unconstitutional

OTTAWA - Passing unconstitutional laws undermines confidence in the justice system, the Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday as it struck down retroactive Conservative changes to parole eligibility. And that could spell trouble, justice experts say, as more challenges to the Harper government's "tough on crime" legislative agenda wend their way through the courts.

Solitary confinement ravages the mind, but use widespread

Robert King sat, slept and ate every meal alone in a cramped cell at Louisiana's notorious Angola prison for 29 long and lonely years. His eyesight failed from lack of stimulation, but King insists his resolve to fight the injustice of solitary confinement never did. The Black Panther movement member said he managed to stay sane through the strength of his political convictions. Many of the more than 80,000 prisoners currently held in solitary confinement in US prisons -- and countless more around the world -- are not as fortunate.

Four bloggers sent to jail

A Dhaka court on Wednesday sent four bloggers, arrested on charges of making derogatory comments about Islam and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) through the Internet, to jail.Passing the order, Metropolitan Magistrate M Erfan Ullah also fixed April 15 for further hearing of two bail petitions filed by the lawyers of the accused in the presence of the investigation officers.They are: Asif Mohiuddin, Moshiur Rahman Biblop, (online pseudonym ‘Allama Shaitan’), Russell Parvez, 36, (‘Apobak’) and Subrato Shuvo, 25, (`Lalu Kasai’).DB inspectors Mynul Islam and M Sazzad Hossai

Money Laundering Cases: Destiny official on 7-day remand

A court here on Thursday placed Akbar Hossain Sumon, Treasurer of Destiny Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, on a weeklong remand in connection with two money laundering cases.Deputy Director of Anticorruption Commission Mozahar Ali Sarder, also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Jainab Begum with a 10-day remand prayer, but the court granted for seven days of remand.Earlier on March 1, Sumon appeared before the court with a bail petition.

Defendants' lawyers in the spotlight in Indian rape case

By Frank Jack Daniel and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (Reuters) - In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives - defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world. The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.
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