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Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Yahoo filed suit [press release] in the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official website] on Monday demanding the right to disclose the number of user data requests made by the US government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text]. Last week Yahoo [corporate website] joined Google and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple [corporate website] of maintaining a monopoly over music files purchased through its iTunes stores. The plaintiff argued on behalf of a class that Apple thwarted … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia Shamsul Bari on Tuesday commended [press release] the adoption of a human rights roadmap by the Somali federal government. Formally endorsed by the Somali cabinet last week, the roadmap will institutionalize the protection and promotion of human … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] that the forced eviction of Palestinians in the West Bank [JURIST news archive] by Israeli authorities could amount to a violation of international law. Last week Israeli authorities began the demolition of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A coalition of international human rights groups on Tuesday criticized [report, PDF] the trial and sentencing of more than 60 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounder]. Last month the Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced [JURIST report] a group of 69 people to prison for associating … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 [text, PDF] prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that probable-cause warrants are not required to access cell phone location information. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed lower court decisions that said the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] praised [statement] the High Court of Kenya Tuesday for upholding [decision] the asylum right of urban refugees and expressed hope the government of Kenya will now resume legal services. Last week the High Court of Kenya ruled against a government directive to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for detainee Ibrahim Idris [NYT profile] have argued that he is too mentally and physically ill to remain at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] in a habeas corpus petition [text, PDF] filed at the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Rather than contend his innocence, Idris' … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Czech prosecutors on Monday asked the Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Czech], the lower house of parliament, to strip former prime minister Petr Necas [official website] of his immunity so that they may investigate his part in a widespread corruption scandal [BBC backgrounder]. Necas resigned last month following … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website] signed new abortion restrictions into law Sunday night as part of the state's budget [press release, PDF]. The provisions will require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion, make it more difficult for family planning services to obtain funding, and limit the ability of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Bahraini high criminal court on Monday acquitted two police officers on trial for the torture of six Shiite doctors during the uprising against the Sunni regime in 2011. The Grand Criminal Court's Third Chamber acquitted the two officers of all charges due to the lack of adequate evidence … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted Monday on charges of underage prostitution and abuse of power. The Milan court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office for life. A panel of three judges found Berlusconi guilty … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday released two opinions that narrow the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [text], holding that an employer will only be held vicariously liable for an employee's discriminatory conduct if the employee's behavior ends in a tangible … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling that dismissed a challenge to Arizona's Proposition 100 [text, PDF], a voter-approved amendment which denies bail to undocumented immigrants being held for serious felonies. The plaintiffs, represented by American … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Swiss government cannot reopen the corruption charges against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] because the statutory limitations period has lapsed, Pakistan Law Minister Zahid Hamid announced Wednesday. Swiss authorities sent their position in February of this year, but the sealed letter was officially opened [Dawn report] … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Senior Libyan Judge Mohammed Naguib was assassinated Sunday by an unidentified gunman outside of the courthouse in Derna. Chairman of the Court of Cassation in Green Mountain province Judge Abdel-Aziz Mustafa al-Trabelsi confirmed [LANA report; in Arabic] that his colleague was killed outright in the drive-by attack. This attack … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] UN independent expert Chaloka Beyani [official profile] commended [press release] the government of Georgia Monday for its ongoing commitment to improving the living conditions of internally displaced people (IDPs) but called for the country to develop an integrated approach to address all waves of IDPs. Specifically, Beyani encouraged the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Jordan's Parliament [official website] approved a treaty with the UK Wednesday that will lead to the deportation and fair trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The new treaty passed [AFP report] with support from both houses of parliament, provides for mutual legal assistance between … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a law banning protests and demonstrations in the plaza of the US Supreme Court. Enacted in 1949, the law served to protect the grounds from vandalism but also prohibited … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A criminal court in Kuwait on Monday sentenced a woman to 11 years in prison for remarks she made on Twitter [website]. Huda Al-Ajmi was found guilty of three violations, including insulting the nation's ruler, Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah [official website], calling to overthrow the government … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a suit against Monsanto [corporate website] challenging its patents on genetically modified seeds. The suit was filed by farmers that have no desire to sow the genetically modified seeds as a preemptive action … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera signed into law Tuesday a constitutional amendment that will allow President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to run for a third term. The Bolivian Constitution [text, in Spanish] only allows a president to serve two terms. However, last month the Bolivian … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Guatemala Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday overturned the genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] and ordered the trial to resume from the point that it was stopped on April 19. Earlier this month Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A UK immigration tribunal denied bail for radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday due to the high risk of escape. Qatada's lawyers insist that he should be able to spend time with his family before he leaves the UK for Jordan, where he will stand … [read more]

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