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Legal News
7 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Saturday ordered deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to jail for four days pending investigations regarding Morsi's alleged insult to judicial authority. Morsi is charged with insulting the judiciary [Xinhua report] after he accused 22 judges of fraud during the 2005 parliamentary elections … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday stated it is "increasingly worried" [press release] for the safety of civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNHCR reported that during a visit to CAR last week, they witnessed virtual lawlessness in the CAR, discovering several villages burned to the ground … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The Mississippi Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously upheld Mississippi's House Bill 2 [text], which stipulates that gun owners do not need a special permit to carry a gun in a holster or carrying case, so long as it is at least partially visible. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive], the former speaker for the Bosnian Serb parliament, returned to Bosnia Friday after being released from prison. Krajisnik, arrested in 2000, was convicted in 2006 [JURIST report] by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] for the persecution, … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] reprimanded the Sri Lankan government on Saturday during her opening remarks [press release] at a press conference during her week-long mission to Sri Lanka. Although she acknowledged the achievements made by the Sri Lankan government in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] declared [press release] Thursday that Australia's indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The refugees, who have been detained for at least two-and-a-half years, brought their complaints to the Committee when they were … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, seeking a declaration from the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Oklahoma (ACLU-OK) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the Oklahoma County District Court seeking the removal [petition for relief, PDF] of a Ten Commandments monument placed prominently in the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The ACLU … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett [official profiles] filed a complaint on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] demanding that the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) [official website] modify federal voter registration forms to allow states … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted permission on Tuesday for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] to force-feed select inmates who are near death, even if the inmates had previously signed orders asking not to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The North Carolina Court of Appeals [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a North Carolina law [text] prohibiting registered sex offenders from commercial social networking websites accessible by children, such as Facebook and Myspace, is unconstitutional. In a unanimous opinion, the court found [AP report] that the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The Iraq Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Monday reported the execution [press release, in Arabic] of 15 men and two women convicted of terrorism. The individuals were convicted under Article 4 [text, PDF] of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which requires a sentence of death for any who … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] A judge for Michigan's Barry County Circuit Court [official website] on Monday dismissed a fracking lawsuit by Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD) [advocacy website] against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) [official website]. MLAWD sought [press release] a declaratory ruling nullifying the MDNR auctions of mineral rights … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) [advocacy website] has filed a class-action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday against the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) [official website] challenging its policy requiring drug testing of residents in mixed-income developments. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Northern … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] CACI International Inc. "CACI" [corporate website], a US military defense contractor, has filed suit against former detainees of Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] seeking legal expenses after a group of four plaintiffs filed lawsuits [CCR materials] against CACI in 2009, accusing the company of crimes against humanity, sexual assault, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [memorandum] on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] should avoid charging low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or drug cartels with crimes carrying mandatory minimum sentences. Holder outlined additional reforms as part of his new … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian man charged with the unlawful execution and torture of people in connection with the Holocaust, died Monday after suffering a number of medical problems. Csatary died in a Hungarian hospital [BBC report] while awaiting trial, which was set to begin in September. Csatary was … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] disclosed in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] on Wednesday that it is being investigated by both the civil and criminal divisions of the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California (EDC) [official website] over sales … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [case information] in the Oklahoma County District Court on Thursday to block enforcement of HB 2226 [text, PDF], a state law limiting the availability of "morning-after" emergency contraceptives. Specifically, the law forbids pharmacists from dispensing emergency contraceptives … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] Nine apparent ballistic missile attacks on populated areas have killed at least 215 civilians [press release], including 100 children, between February and July Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Monday. Ballistic missiles with large payloads of high-explosives have a wide-area destructive effect, making it impossible to isolate its … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] has reason to believe [press release] that, based upon the findings of a preliminary investigation, crimes against humanity have been committed in Nigeria by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder]. In a report issued … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [text] Thursday documenting brutality by Bangladeshi security forces in responding to street protests, resulting in the death of at least 150 protesters and the injury of at least 2,000 since February. Brad Adams, executive director of HRW's Asia Division, urged … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) [text, PDF] of the Federal Reserve [official website], which held that the maximum interchange fee a bank can receive from a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] encouraged the Panamanian government on Monday to strengthen the rights of its indigenous people [press release, in Spanish; UN News Centre report] and ensure they are allowed to preserve their land and autonomy. Anaya's call … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Julie Deisher

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] on Sunday approved laws increasing penalties for those who commit or incite terrorism. The new laws also ban any demonstrations in the nation's capital, Manama. The laws were passed ahead of massive protests [CNN report] planned by the anti-government opposition bloc next … [read more]

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