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Honduras: Supreme Court Communiqué on Replacement of President

(July 9, 2009) The Honduran Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) issued an undated special communiqué on the subject of the removal of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales from the executive branch. (Honduran Supreme Court Details Reasons for Zelaya's 'Constitutional Replacement', OPEN SOURCE CENTER, June 30, 2009, OSC No. LAP20090706068001.) The document refers to Zelaya as […]

United States: Federal Court Rules State Secrets Privilege No Bar to Bringing Complaint

(May 8, 2009) On April 28, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the state secrets privilege, which the U.S. Government has used to seek dismissal of cases involving secret government conduct, does not compel dismissal of a case at the outset solely because it involves government secrets. Several plaintiffs […]

Nigeria: Law on Annual Presidential State of the Nation Address

(Feb. 20, 2009) On February 19, 2009, the Nigerian Senate approved the Bill for an Act to Enshrine an Annual State of the Nation Address and Other Matters Concerned. The new legislation would compel the President of Nigeria to give a “state of the nation address” once a year, on the first day of the […]