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Constitutional lawyer wonders why he had to clean up Harper's 'subversive mess'

OTTAWA - Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati was in the middle of a month-long sojourn on the Indian subcontinent when word reached him Friday that he'd brought down a Supreme Court appointee and rattled the legal underpinnings of the Conservative government. But the man who first challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper's choice of Justice Marc Nadon for the top bench was not in a celebratory mood after playing David to a constitutional Goliath.

Constitutional lawyer wonders why he had to clean up Harper's 'subversive mess'

OTTAWA - Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati was in the middle of a month-long sojourn on the Indian subcontinent when word reached him Friday that he'd brought down a Supreme Court appointee and rattled the legal underpinnings of the Conservative government. But the man who first challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper's choice of Justice Marc Nadon for the top bench was not in a celebratory mood after playing David to a constitutional Goliath.

Chief Justice Takesaki to retire next month due to health reasons

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Hironobu Takesaki will retire at the end of March due to health reasons, court officials said Wednesday. Takesaki, 69, was promoted to the current position in November 2008 from president of the Tokyo High Court, and without first serving as a justice. He was due to reach the mandatory retirement age on July 7.

India top court refuses plea to review gay sex ban

India's top court Tuesday rejected a plea filed by the government and activist groups to review its shock ruling which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. A Supreme Court bench dismissed petitions filed by the government and rights groups against a verdict last month that recriminalised gay sex and made it an offence punishable by up to life imprisonment. "We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petitions are dismissed," Supreme Court Justices H.L. Dattu and S.J. Mukhopadhaya said in their decision.

Veteran judge nominated as Supreme Court justice

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- A veteran chief judge of a local court was nominated to become a Supreme Court justice Saturday, the top court's officials said. They said Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae has picked Cho Hee-dae, the top judge at the Daegu District Court, as the candidate to replace outgoing Supreme Court justice Cha Han-sung. Cho, 56, became a judge in Seoul in 1986. The Supreme Court said Cho beat out four others to earn his candidacy.

Veteran judge nominated as Supreme Court justice

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- A veteran chief judge of a local court was nominated to become a Supreme Court justice Saturday, the top court's officials said. They said Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae has picked Cho Hee-dae, the top judge at the Daegu District Court, as the candidate to replace outgoing Supreme Court justice Cha Han-sung. Cho, 56, became a judge in Seoul in 1986. The Supreme Court said Cho beat out four others to earn his candidacy.

Who should care about Nadon? 'Canadians who care about their country'

OTTAWA - A constitutional battle will be engaged today over whether the government is free to change the rules for the top court in the land. It didn't start out that way, but last fall's unremarkable appointment of Federal Court of Appeal Judge Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada has opened up a legal can of worms. Seven interveners are taking part, including the federal and Quebec governments, an association of provincial court judges and a number of constitutional experts.

Legal group faults Pakistan's top judge as inconsistent

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's flamboyant chief justice has strengthened human rights but his inconsistent choice of cases has left the Supreme Court vulnerable to accusations of partisan intervention, a global group of 60 eminent judges and lawyers said on Thursday. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry - due to step down on December 12 - spearheaded a legal movement that forced out a dictator and established the independence of the judiciary for the first time in Pakistan's history.

Pakistan court presses Khan on alleged contempt

Pakistan's top court on Friday ordered cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan to respond in more detail over allegations that he committed contempt by making derogatory remarks against the judges. Khan, the head of Pakistan's third largest party that made a breakthrough in May elections, says the polls were rigged and criticised the judiciary and the election commission for not taking action.

Fresh twist to Pakistan terror suspects' case

A lawyer for seven terror suspects, whose illegal detention has been investigated by Pakistan's top court, said Tuesday that tribal officials had sentenced them to up to 14 years in prison. It was the latest dramatic twist in a case that has highlighted the illegal detention of hundreds of suspects in a country where the courts have failed to make any high-level convictions for terrorism.
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