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Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] on Tuesday called on [press release] state, federal and tribal authorities in the US to ensure the well being and human rights of "Veronica," the child in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Syrian government is likely responsible for the August 21 chemical weapon attacks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. HRW stated that the attack probably involved the use of sarin nerve gas, echoing a UN report [JURIST report] of the suspected use of sarin in Syria … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was interpreting a law [AP report] from … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Andrew Cayley, the international prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], the tribunal covering the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] trials, announced [official statement] Monday that he is resigning effective September 16 for personal reasons. Cayley joined the staff of the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Kenya's parliament debated ending the country's membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Tuesday, ahead of the impending trial of Vice President William Ruto and others. Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso ordered a special sitting [AFP report] of the assembly for Thursday. Even if … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] on Tuesday challenging a Nebraska policy banning gay and lesbian people from becoming foster parents. The complaint [text, PDF] was filed at a state court in Lincoln on behalf of three same-sex couples who claim the policy … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday granted final approval [text] to a $20 million settlement agreement with Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] over its "Sponsored Stories." The "Sponsored Stories" program shared with a user's Facebook friends when a … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Texas Supreme Court [official website] announced Friday that it will consider whether the state has jurisdiction to grant divorces to two same-sex couples who were legally married in Massachusetts. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott [official website] said in a brief that the state would benefit from the court … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged [press release] the government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] to significantly revise or discard their draft association law. The draft law, if enacted, would require nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain official registration to operate; would provide broad and difficult to interpret regulatory … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Several UN human rights experts Monday decried the human rights situation [press release] in the Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA factbook], stating that abuses of power are common and urging authorities to take immediate action to end violations. The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A district court in Ljubljana [official website, in Slovenian] on Wednesday convicted former Slovenia [CIA backgrounder] prime minister Janez Jansa [official website] of corruption and sentenced him to two years in prison. The trial began in September 2011 [BBC report], with Jasna and two others accused of soliciting bribes … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] on Tuesday issued a limited import ban [text] and a cease-and-desist order against Apple for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after finding the devices violate a patent held by Samsung Electronics [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Trial began in Germany Monday for Beate Zschaepe, a neo-Nazi member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), for alleged complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman in Germany between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings and 15 bank robberies. Her two … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday approved [press release, in Arabic] the political isolation law, which would ban anyone who worked as a senior official under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] from holding a position in Libya's government for the next 10 … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Phoenix, Arizona police department [official website] on Saturday held the first of three gun buyback programs [press release] in an attempt to complete the buyback before a law [HB 2455, text] signed by Governor Jan Brewer [official website] on April 29 that requires surrendered weapons to be sold … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] met Sunday to vote on a draft law [PDF, in Arabic] that could ban anyone who worked for Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], including Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan [official website, in Arabic], from holding a position in … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Florida House and Senate [voting records, PDF] both passed a bill (HB 7013) [PDF] on Friday to extend the state's early voting period. The bill revises election law to allow elections supervisors to hold 14 days of early voting [Reuters report] instead of the current maximum amount of … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST]The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] urged Mexico's Government on Friday to increase protections for human rights [press release], particularly reducing the need to use force and reducing the military's involvement in policing. Heyns stated that establishing a strong law enforcement system … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) [official website], the political party of former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] demanded that Islamabad High Court [official website] Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui [official biography] be removed from office and that his decisions be declared void. The request for Siddiqui's … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday called on the Saudi government [press release] to immediately end the 18-month prosecution of human rights lawyer Walid Abu al-Khair [Frontline backgrounder]. Abu al-Khair is known for his defense of other human rights activists, including a group of a dozen men … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple [official website] on Tuesday signed SB 2368 [text, PDF], a measure banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation based on the controversial premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. The North Dakota House of Representatives [official website] passed [JURIST report] the bill … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled on three cases related to the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] terrorist attacks Tuesday, upholding the dismissal of almost all of the claims against the defendants. In In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 (Asat Trust Reg., et … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Thursday charged [complaint, PDF] the former partner in charge of KPMG's [official website] Pacific Southwest audit practice, Scott London, with providing insider information [press release] to his friend Bryan Shaw about KPMG clients Herbalife, Skechers and Deckers Outdoor Corporation [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Alabama Governor Robert Bentley [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release] the Women's Health and Safety Act [text, PDF], which imposes increases safety requirements on abortion clinics and practitioners within the state. The Act requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same standards as ambulatory care centers, requires … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] earlier this week that groups seeking information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] can immediately appeal if their request is denied or unanswered. The court held that FOIA requires agencies to … [read more]

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