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Legal news from Tuesday, July 9, 2013
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday urged Egyptian authorities to address escalating violence arising after the military's ouster [JURIST report] of president Mohamed Morsi [official BBC profile; JURIST news archive] last week. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] condemned [official [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday rejected a motion to dismiss [order, PDF] a lawsuit alleging that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] illegally surveilled "millions of ordinary Americans" in the wake of 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday issued a temporary restraining order [text, PDF] on a Wisconsin law that would place certain restrictions on abortion providers in the state. Section 1 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 37 [text, PDF] requires [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit [press release] in Harrisburg on behalf of 21 Pennsylvania residents who wish to marry their same-sex partner or who are seeking recognition by the state of Pennsylvania of their out-of-state same-sex marriage. The complaint [text, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments [audio recordings] Monday by BP [corporate website] alleging that the claims administrator was awarding damages to plaintiffs based on biased revenue data. US District Judge Carl Barbier approved a settlement [JURIST [read more]

10:07 EDT

[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]

09:07 EDT

[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]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German] will require 92-year-old Siert Bruins, a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS [USHMM backgrounder] to go on trial in September. Last November, Bruins was charged for the murder [JURIST report] of resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in 1944. Bruins and [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Warren Hill, a Georgia death row inmate with an undisputed IQ of 70, filed motions on Monday for a stay of execution with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website; motion] and the US Supreme Court [official website; motion]. In February, the Eleventh Circuit and [read more]

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