Legal news from Thursday, September 11, 2008
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] A trial judge in Key West has found Florida's law preventing gay and lesbian [JURIST news archive] people from adopting children to be unconstitutional and has issued an order [PDF text] permitting a foster parent to adopt a 13-year-old boy. Judge David J. Audlin Jr. of the Monroe County [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iowa's Attorney General's Office [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday that it has filed a complaint [PDF text] against meatpacking company Agriprocessors Inc. [corporate website] and its top officials for 9,311 child labor law violations. The alleged violations stem from the company's employment of 32 minors, 25 under [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Retail chain Walgreens [corporate website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; application for injunction, PDF] Monday in California Superior Court [official website] seeking an injunction and the repeal of an ordinance [PDF text] that prohibits the sale of tobacco at pharmacies in San Francisco [official website]. Walgreens argues that the [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights in China (HRIC) [advocacy website] issued a release [text] on Wednesday saying that Chinese police and other officials still employ torture [JURIST news archive] to elicit confessions and intimidate political dissidents despite domestic and international bans. The group said even though various government agencies have issued regulations [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott [official profile] announced [press release] Tuesday that the state has reached a settlement [text, PDF] in a Medicare fraud lawsuit it had brought against drug manufacturer Abbott Laboratories [corporate website]. In the suit [complaint, PDF; press release], Texas had alleged that Abbott Laboratories and [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Crown Prosecution Service [official website] announced Wednesday that seven Muslim extremists [press release] accused of conspiring to bomb trans-Atlantic flights will be retried because a jury failed to reach verdicts earlier this week. In a prepared statement, Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald [official profile] said: I [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile], the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], told reporters in Serbia Wednesday that he was "cautiously optimistic" [Reuters report] that two major remaining war crimes fugitives would be caught. Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic [ICTY materials, PDF; [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Wednesday set a September 24 hearing date [Bernama report] for arguments over approval of an application to transfer of sodomy charges [JURIST report] against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to a Malaysian High Court. After the hearing, Anwar characterized the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov [official profile] said Wednesday that a peace plan [press release; implementation plan, PDF] approved on Monday between the European Union (EU) [official website, JURIST news archive] and Georgia to allow EU monitors in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia [JURIST news archive] [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The District Court of the Hague on Wednesday dismissed claims alleging the Dutch government negligently failed to protect civilians during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive]. The relatives of several Bosnian Muslims killed at Srebrenica argued that the Netherlands [JURIST news archive] should be liable for [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) [official website] officials on Wednesday told Congress [hearing materials] that a 670-mile fence along the US-Mexican border [JURIST news archive] is unlikely to be completed as planned by year's end because of cost increases, technological problems and legal challenges. CPB Commissioner Ralph Basham [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A report [B'Tselem press release] released Thursday by B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories [advocacy website] alleges that Israeli security policies have resulted in Palestinians being prevented from accessing land adjacent to settlements in the West Bank. The report, entitled "Access Denied: [read more]

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