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Legal News
5 May 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Former Egyptian interior minister Habib el-Adly was convicted Thursday on charges of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Adly, the first Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] regime official to be convicted [Al Jazeera report] under the Egyptian Supreme Council of the … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Opponents of the health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive] filed a brief [text, PDF] Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] requesting a three-judge panel uphold a lower court ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. Twenty-six states, led by … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A US Army [official website] panel of experts on Friday declared Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] competent to stand trial for leaking a controversial classified video [YouTube video] of a 2007 US helicopter strike in Iraq and classified State Department [official website] documents on Wikileaks [website] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] could face the death penalty if convicted of ordering attacks on protesters during the demonstrations in Egypt [JURIST news archive] early this year. Egypt's Justice Minister Mohammed al-Gindi told [AP report] al-Ahram weekly [official website] that Mubarak would … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday requested that the United Nations (UN) [official website] begin an international inquiry [press release] into Syria's security forces after numerous civilians were fatally shot [WP report] during peaceful anti-government protests earlier this week. HRW also called on the US and UN … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] from a $17 billion lawsuit involving securities based on mortgages issued by Countrywide Financial Corporation [NYT backgrounder], a former subsidiary of the bank. … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday said the use of violent force by the government of Libya in densely populated cities could amount to international war crimes [press release]. The use of cluster bombs and heavy artillery by armed forces under leader Muammar … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] on Friday declared an initiative for sweeping constitutional and political reforms in order to increase the role of democracy in the African nation. The announcement, which came in a nationally televised address [video], was seen as a progressive step for the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan [official website] harshly criticized the Pakistani government Thursday for its poor human rights record and called on government officials to fix the human rights abuses occurring in the country. In its 2010 Annual Report [text, PDF], the group chronicles the repeated human rights … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a constitutional challenge to the National Day of Prayer (NDP) [official website]. The decision overturns last year's decision [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Western District … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Democratically elected Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara should investigate "atrocities," including murder and rape, committed by opposing political forces during recent conflicts, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [press release] requested Saturday. According to the report, forces loyal to Ouattara, known as the Republican Forces of Cote … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Bosnian war crimes victims on Thursday submitted evidence to the Prosecutors Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] accusing three former members of the Serbian Supreme Council of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Former Yugoslav presidents Zoran Lilic and Dobrica Cosic … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] two challenges to campaign financing schemes for Wisconsin Supreme Court elections. Wisconsin Right to Life [advocacy website] and the Wisconsin Center for Economic Prosperity challenged the Impartial Justice Act … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A Wisconsin legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions could become law as early as Saturday, despite an order [text; JURIST report] enjoining Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette [official website] from publishing the legislation. The Budget Repair Bill [SB 11, text] was published … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] will send an independent, international commission to investigate allegations of serious human rights abuses during post-election violence in the Ivory Coast [JURIST news archive], the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] announced [press release] Friday. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday declined to rule [certification, PDF] on an order [text; JURIST report] enjoining Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette [official website] from publishing a legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions. The case will move on … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] An Argentine court sentenced former general Luciano Benjamin Menendez [Project Disappeared profile; JURIST news archive] to life in prison on Wednesday for the 1976 attack and murder of five urban guerrilla group members during the country's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Menendez is already currently serving … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] An overwhelming majority of citizens in Egypt voted "yes" to several proposed constitutional amendments in a national referendum that took place on Saturday, according to preliminary results released Sunday. According to a source from the high judicial committee overseeing the referendum, voter turnout reached 60 percent and 70 percent … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Oklahoma State Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved [press release] a bill similar to the controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. Senate Bill 908 [materials, PDF], passed by a 29-15 majority vote, gives state and local authorities to enforce any federal regulation or law … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] on Friday agreed to hear a case seeking to determine whether Virignia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli [official profile] can subpoena records about a former professor at the University of Virginia [academic website]. Cuccinelli is requesting that the University turn over records about … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A court in Cuba on Saturday sentenced [Cubadebate report, in Spanish] US contractor Alan Gross to 15 years in prison for attempting to undermine the communist government of Cuba, according to a state-run website. US National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor immediately denounced the ruling [Washington Post report], calling the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Utah House and Senate [official websites] on Friday approved a new Arizona-style immigration law. The Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act [HB 497 text, PDF] replaces the older version [HB 70 text, PDF] of the law that had lost favor with state Senate members in the last few weeks. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Thursday granted [order, PDF] the Obama administration's petition to stay his previous order [JURIST report] declaring the health care reform law [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] unconstitutional [order, PDF], on the condition that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Two tobacco companies filed a lawsuit [press release] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] in order to enjoin a recent opinion by the agency's advisory committee due to conflicts of interest. The … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Illinois Court of Appeals for the Fifth District [official website] on Thursday unanimously decided to reopen a $10.1 billion class action against Philip Morris [corporate website] involving deceptive marketing practices in light of a favorable 2008 US Supreme Court ruling on the subject matter. … [read more]

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