Legal news from Monday, June 14, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Monday released its annual report [text, PDF] on human trafficking conditions across the globe, finding that the US adequately complies with international regulations but still has a "'serious problem with human trafficking, both for labor and commercial sexual exploitation." The report [read more]

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[JURIST] Israeli human rights group B'Tselem [advocacy website] on Monday released its annual report [text, PDF; press release], noting an advancement in the rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories [UNICEF backgrounder] but calling for greater improvement. The report, examining the human rights situation of Palestinians since the conclusion of [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Barcelona city council [official website, in Catalan] on Monday announced the banning of all face coverings, including the burqa [JURIST news archive], in public areas administered by the city. Barcelona Mayor Jordi Hereu indicated that the ban was put in place out of a concern for public safety [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] An anti-constitution rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park turned deadly on Sunday after two explosions caused a stampede [video] leaving five dead and more than 70 injured. The rally was organized by Christian groups [Africa Review report] opposed to Kenya's draft constitution [text, PDF] because it retains recognition of existing [read more]

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[JURIST] Canadian police reported a 35 percent increase in hate crimes [materials] from 2007 to 2008, according to a report released Monday. During 2008, police reported 1,036 total hate crimes, with 55 percent motivated by race, 26 percent motivated by religion and 16 percent motivated by sexual orientation. That is [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] on Monday called for an end [press release] to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], which it labeled a violation of international humanitarian law. The organization described the blockade as collective punishment, a war crime under [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Astrue v. Ratliff [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that an award of attorney's fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) [28 USC § 2412] is payable to the prevailing [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession, a federal law misdemeanor, has not been "convicted" of an "aggravated felony" for immigration removal [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Holland v. Florida [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the statute of limitations for a federal habeas corpus petition can be tolled where a state-appointed attorney fails to file in time despite repeated instructions from [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Dolan v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a district court may enter a restitution order beyond the time limit prescribed in 18 USC § 3664(d)(5) [text] if the sentencing court [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday agreed to hear [order list, PDF] an appeal of an order to reduce the California prison population [JURIST news archive]. The court postponed consideration of the question of jurisdiction in Schwarzenegger v. Plata [docket; jurisdictional statement, PDF] to [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Arar v. Ashcroft [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case concerning the US government's extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] policy. Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] asked the court in [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) [official website] on Sunday announced the closure [executive order, PDF] of approximately 23 miles of the state's coastline to commercial harvesting of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp out of concern for possible health risks associated with fish from oil-contaminated water. The [read more]

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[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan interim President Roza Otunbayeva [Telegraph profile] on Sunday issued shoot to kill orders to the nation's military as violence continued against ethnic Uzbeks. The orders were issued [LAT report] after the reservists were activated and sent to quell the ethnic conflict [Guardian backgrounder] that has been primarily focused [read more]

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