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Legal news from Tuesday, July 26, 2011
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina House of Representatives [official website] voted Tuesday to override a veto by Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] on legislation [HB 854 materials] that would require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion [JURIST news archive]. With a 72-47 vote [News-Record report], the measure, known as the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday announced his intentions to propose a constitutional amendment [press release] that would provide a single, extended tenure for the president of Nigeria and its 36 governors. The president and governors are currently limited to serving two four-year terms [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two French rights groups have filed a complaint with the Prosecutors Office of Paris against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] in order to determine whether he or members of his entourage have assets in France. Transparency International France and SHERPA [advocacy websites] said they filed the complaint [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Security Council's Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict [official website] expressed concern Monday about children's rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). Citing abuses [statement] like rape and other sexual violence as well as recruitment in armed conflict, the council condemned armed rebel groups in [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] urged Myanmar to release political prisoners in a meeting Monday with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [JURIST news archive] and a Myanmar government minister, according to a statement [text] by Ban's spokesman. Ban was satisfied with positive developments made in the meeting [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] American Atheists (AA) [advocacy website], a group that supports the separation of church and state, filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] Monday against the display of a cross at the World Trade Center (WTC) memorial. The cross, two intersecting beams found in the wreckage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the Ethiopian government Monday to stop using a "restrictive and vague" counterterrorism law [press release] to repress free speech. The Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009 [text; JURIST report] provides for penalties of 10 to 20 years in prison for publishing statements "likely [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive, convicted last month of fraud, bribery, and extortion, filed a motion Monday for a retrial. Last month, Blagojevich was convicted [JURIST report] by a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Four former Guatemalan soldiers plead not guilty to war crimes charges Tuesday as the first war crimes trial over the 1982 Dos Erres massacre began. Carlos Antonio Carias, Manuel Pop, Reyes Collin and Daniel Martinez are accused [BBC report] of being members of a military force that allegedly killed [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-6 that law enforcement officers are permitted to obtain DNA samples from arrestees. Law enforcement officers sought a DNA sample from defendant Ruben Mitchell after he was indicted for attempted possession with intent [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Maltese parliament passed new legislation [text, PDF, in Maltese] Monday legalizing divorce in a historic move for the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The Malta House of Representatives [official website] overwhelmingly passed the bill [AP report] with 52 votes in favor, 11 against with five abstentions, in a country [read more]

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