Legal news from Wednesday, April 14, 2010
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday called on the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) [official website] to end prison segregation based on HIV status [press release]. The ACLU and HRW jointly produced a report [text, PDF], which concluded that the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Argentine relatives of Spanish citizens killed during the Spanish Civil War [LOC backgrounder] asked an Argentine federal court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday to open a judicial investigation into human rights violations committed during the early years of the Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] regime. The complainants contend [read more]

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[JURIST] The Arizona House approved [press release] a bill [SB 1070 materials] Tuesday that would establish one of the strictest illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] policies in the nation. The bill would criminalize being in the US without proper documentation and would give law enforcement officers increased ability [NYT report] [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chinese Intermediate People's Court in Chongqing on Wednesday sentenced [Xinhua report] former deputy police chief and high-ranking judicial official Wen Qiang to death. Wen was convicted of accepting bribes, protecting criminal gangs, rape, and being unable to justify his large amount of personal assets. The court's verdict stated [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Cabinet of India has approved the Prevention of Torture Bill [text, PDF] in an effort to move closer to international human rights standards. The bill, which experienced long delays before being passed [Times of India report] last week, will now be introduced to the Indian Parliament [official website]. [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum [official website] announced Tuesday that Georgia will join [press release] 18 other states in a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care bill [HR 3590 materials]. The lawsuit was originally filed [JURIST report] last month in the US District [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska Legislature [official website] voted 44-5 on Tuesday to approve the Abortion Pain Prevention Act [LB1103 materials; press release] prohibiting an abortion [JURIST news archive] at or past 20 weeks. The law is based on medical evidence that allegedly indicates a fetus can feel pain following that point [read more]

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[JURIST] Zimbabwe's government on Wednesday declared void a law mandating that indigenous people have majority ownership in all businesses valued at over $500,000. The law took effect [JURIST report] last month, but the country's stock market has since fallen 10 percent [BBC report], causing concern that the law would drive [read more]

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[JURIST] Interim Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva [Telegraph profile] said Wednesday that ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] should stand trial for the violent protests [JURIST report] that erupted in Kyrgyzstan last week. The protests, prompted in part by a drastic increase in utility costs, led to at least 84 deaths [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] on Tuesday ordered [DOJ press release] a southern Mississippi school district to end its practice of allowing students to transfer from their assigned schools and classroom groupings, resulting in a segregated school system. The [read more]

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