Legal news from Thursday, August 19, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that he will appeal his recent conviction [JURIST report] on charges of engaging in politics while on active duty, but that he has no faith in the government, which he called a dictatorship. Fonseka, who [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that he has agreed to a permanent injunction of a Nebraska abortion law [LB 594 materials] because he believes there is little chance that the law will withstand a court challenge. The law, known as the Women's Health [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Prisoner rights advocates on Tuesday urged US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile; JURIST news archive] to act quickly to implement proposed guidelines to eliminate prison rape [JURIST news archive]. Speaking at a meeting at the National Press Club [organization website], Prison Fellowship [advocacy website] vice president Pat Nolan [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Charity Commission [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF; press release] Thursday that the Catholic social services agency Catholic Care [agency website] may not restrict its adoption services to married heterosexual couples. The commission's decision came after the UK High Court issued a judgment [JURIST report] in March instructing [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), State Department (DOS), FBI and CIA, seeking information related to the detention of US citizen Naji Hamdan in the United [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the District Court of Western Australia [official website] ruled Thursday that a Muslim woman providing testimony before the court will not be allowed to cover her face and body with a niqab [JURIST news archive]. Judge Shauna Deane stated that it would be inappropriate for the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] said Wednesday that the court has ordered [text, PDF] an independent investigation [press briefing] into allegations that members of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) [official website] intimidated and pressured witnesses in the trial of [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that crosses placed beside Utah highways as memorials to deceased Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) [official website] troopers is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. In 1998, the Utah Highway Patrol Association (UHPA) [non-profit [read more]

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