Legal news from Tuesday, June 22, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican government on Tuesday filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] with the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] asking that the recently passed Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] be declared unconstitutional. The brief was filed in support of the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The 2010 Failed States Index [index; FP special report] was released Monday, describing state failure as a "chronic condition" after finding that the same group of countries have occupied the top 10 spots as failed states for the last six years. The index is published by Foreign Policy Magazine [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday ordered a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] against a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling [JURIST report] issued last month by the Obama administration in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Tuesday appointed a three-member panel [press release] to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war [JURIST news archive]. The panel will be investigating alleged wartime abuses of civilians by both the Sri Lankan [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive] returned to the US Tuesday after spending 21 days in a Rwandan prison. Upon his return, Erlinder stated his belief that had he not requested to contact the US embassy shortly before his detention, he [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday overturned jail sentences for 13 ultra-Orthodox Jewish mothers charged with contempt for disobeying a court order on school integration in the West Bank settlement of Immanuel. The court delayed jail sentences for an additional nine mothers [Haaretz report] in order to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghan Office of the President [official website] announced Tuesday that the UN will gradually begin to remove Taliban officials who have renounced al Qaeda from the organization's blacklist [JURIST news archive]. The blacklist freezes assets and limits travel of senior figures linked to the Taliban. The announcement followed [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian government reinstated its Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) [materials] in the Northern Territory on Tuesday after the Senate [official website] approved the legislation [Senate report] as part of a Social Security Act late Monday. The discrimination laws were suspended by the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act (NTER) [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court on Monday denied bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who is being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website]. In denying the bail request, Judge Chinembiri Bhunu of [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A team of Belgian lawyers on Monday filed a complaint in a Brussels court against 12 Belgian officials accused of planning the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba [advocacy profile], the first democratically-elected leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The complaint was filed only one week before [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad [BBC profile] pleaded guilty Monday to 10 counts of terrorism and weapons charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] relating to last month's attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square. Appearing before Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in the US District Court for the Southern [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The voters of Fremont, Nebraska [official website] on Monday passed an ordinance [No 5165 text, PDF] banning the hiring, harboring or renting property to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The voters of the eastern Nebraska community of 25,000 approved the ordinance with 57 percent in favor. It requires all [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [official profile] announced Monday that he will lead a multistate investigation [press release] into whether Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] violated privacy laws while collecting information over Wi-Fi networks for its Street View maps [website]. Blumenthal said he sent a letter [text, PDF] [read more]

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