Legal news from Wednesday, June 30, 2010
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A London appeals court on Wednesday granted convicted terrorist Rangzieb Ahmed the right to appeal his conviction [JURIST report] based on his claims of torture and recent reports of UK complicity in torture. Ahmed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2008 on charges of directing terrorism [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Elena Kagan [JURIST news archive] addressed the effect of political bias on the bench as the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] entered its third day of confirmation hearings [materials]. Kagan stated that the nation suffers when the court is split and appears to [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday agreed to consider whether recently-approved changes [JURIST report] to Spain's abortion [JURIST news archive] laws are constitutional. Under the new law, abortions performed in the first 14 weeks of gestation are declared a right [CP report], and abortions are [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian military court has sentenced two men to death by hanging for killing three anti-government protesters in prison, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website, in Persian] on Wednesday. Nine others were sentenced to prison terms, and one suspect was acquitted. The men were [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday unanimously upheld [opinion text] the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] and civil unions. A voter challenged the passing of a referendum banning both same-sex marriages and civil unions, claiming that each type of union should have received [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website; BBC profile] said Tuesday that he is considering widening the scope of the internal probe into the May Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Earlier this month, Netanyahu appointed [JURIST report] former Israeli Supreme [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press summary, PDF] Wednesday that the 1998 Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) [texts] into English law, does not apply to armed forces on foreign soil and that a soldier's family does not have [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Tuesday released a report [text, PDF] detailing the ongoing problem of human trafficking in Europe. According to the report, European criminal organizations make a yearly profit of around $3 billion from trafficking humans for sexual exploitation or forced [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) [official website] on Monday signed an immigration bill [SB 1141/HB 670 text, PDF] into law that will require police to check the legal status of people who have been arrested and report those who are in the US illegally. The law was created to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called for an inquiry [press release] into possible civil liberties violations during the Toronto Group of 20 (G-20) summit [official website]. The group released a preliminary report [text, PDF] on security measures, condemning some police conduct during the summit [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday terminated the appellate proceedings [judgment, PDF] in the case of former Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) army commander Rasim Delic [case materials; Trial Watch profile], who died in April [JURIST report] while on [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday ruled in favor of Merck & Co. [corporate website] in a lawsuit filed by the state of Louisiana over reimbursements for the prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. Louisiana had argued that [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday that there have been more than 100 incidents of political surveillance [report, PDF; press release] and harassment by authorities in 33 states since 9/11 [JURIST news archive]. The report is broken down by state and lists incidents ranging from [read more]

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