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Legal News
13 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered whether a suspect's Fourth Amendment [text] rights were violated when he was strip searched … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF] against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regarding its process for granting permits used by coal companies for mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The EPA unveiled stricter guidelines in 2009 to issue permits to companies who sought to dump … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] arrested three former governors of Nigerian states on Thursday for allegedly embezzling 101 billion naira (USD $615M). Officials arrested [Nigerian Observer report] former Ogun state governor Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and former Nasarawa state governor … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered whether an employment discrimination claim can be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [text] … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A UN commission urged [statement] Syrian authorities on Friday to allow human rights experts to conduct an investigation into allegations of human rights violations. The three-member commission of inquiry was established by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] in September after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday issued a memorandum [text, PDF] giving military chaplains permission to participate in or officiate same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] ceremonies. The memorandum, released by Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Clifford Stanley [official profile] further provides that chaplains … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A UK High Court judge ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that a brain-damaged woman in a "minimally conscious" state does not meet statutory requirements to allow her family to discontinue life-sustaining treatment. The woman, known as "M," contracted viral encephalitis in February 2003, fell into a coma and subsequently emerged … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and a group of 26 states filed petitions with the US Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. The petitions for certiorari … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A soldier with the US Army [official website] was sentenced on Friday for his role in murdering an unarmed teenage Afghan civilian. Private Andrew Holmes was sentenced to seven years in prison [AFP report] as part of a plea deal that he agreed to on Thursday. Holmes pleaded guilty … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] issued a temporary order on Friday preventing the state of Idaho from enforcing a law that prohibits a woman from terminating her own pregnancy. Jennie Linn McCormack was charged [Reuters report] earlier this year under … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a City of Redondo Beach [official website] anti-day laborer ordinance [3-7.1601 text] as an unconstitutional restriction on speech. The ordinance prohibited individuals from standing on a street or highway to solicit "employment, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the validity of the state's newly passed Marriage Equality Act [text, PDF; JURIST report]. The initial complaint [text, PDF], filed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) [advocacy website] and other … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Paris [official website, in French] on Wednesday affirmed the acquittal [press release, in French] of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for allegedly taking part in a smear campaign known as the Clearstream Affair [BBC backgrounder]. Villepin was charged … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] has agreed to a rehearing en banc [order, PDF] to determine the constitutionality of an amendment to the Michigan Constitution [text, PDF] banning affirmative action. Proposal 2 [text; JURIST news archive] bans affirmative action in public employment, public … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] sent a letter [text, PDF] to the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] , which was circulated on Friday, seeking the formation of a mission to provide assistance to the new post-conflict authorities in Libya. Ban proposed the establishment of a three-month United … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday claiming that the US is diminishing its "core values" with regard to various counterterrorism measures put in place during the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive]. To support this contention, the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu [official profile] said Saturday that Turkey will take Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] over the legality of Israel's Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] blockade. Davutoglu delivered a press statement [text] on Friday accepting the findings of a UN … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was indicted [press release, in Croatian] on Wednesday for corruption. The country's Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK) [official website, in Croatian] alleges Sanader received a pay-off of more than 3.6 million kuna (nearly USD $695,000) from Austria's Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank [official … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], joined by several rights groups, appeared before a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday seeking a temporary injunction of the state's new immigration law [HB 56 text]. The law requires … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday signed a reform [press release, in Spanish] to the Mexican Constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] that eliminates the president's ability to use a pocket veto to prevent the passage of a bill. Originally, the president could kill the legislation … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] More than 26,000 iPhone users in South Korea joined in a class action lawsuit filed Wednesday against Apple's local headquarters for collecting location data without their consent. The class is composed of individuals who purchased an iPhone prior to May 1, and each plaintiff is seeking 1 million won … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Wednesday for justice system reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder]. The report [text, PDF] states that the justice system has allowed the Congolese army and other armed groups to engage in a "cycle of violence and human rights violations … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] released a statement [press release] Wednesday condemning human rights violations and use of force against civilians in Syria. The statement, delivered by Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri [official profile] of India serving as August president, conveyed the UNSC's regret regarding the civilian deaths … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday rejected by a vote of 293 to 250 legislation [C. 2802 materials, in Italian] that would have provided greater penalties for hate crimes committed against homosexuals and transsexuals. The legislation was rejected on the grounds [assembly discussion, in … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Guinea authorities have arrested between 70 and 80 suspects accused of plotting an attack on President Alpha Conde [official website] Wednesday. Assailants launched rocket-propelled grenades at Condes' home, and three people were killed, including one of his bodyguards. The suspects include [Reuters report] former army leader General Nouhou Thiam … [read more]

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