Legal news from Tuesday, October 19, 2010
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Quebec National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday adopted Bill 115 [materials], a controversial measure modifying English-language speakers' access to English public schools in the province. The new provisions, which are expected to gain royal assent next week, will establish a vesting system whereby children of English-speaking [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart [official website] announced Tuesday that Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] was in violation of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act [text, PDF] (PIPEDA) when it unintentionally captured personal information while taking pictures for its Google Street View feature [website]. A preliminary [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Kyrgyz lawyers is refusing to proceed with defending of ethnic Uzbeks in connection with eruptions of ethnic violence in June unless the government provides increased protections for them and their families. Group representatives cite multiple instances of violence against defenders of those accused of stoking ethnic [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release] Tuesday that the war crimes trial of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] can proceed. Appeals chamber Judge Anita Usacka affirmed the ruling of the trial [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced Tuesday that it is temporarily postponing the human rights complaint [text, PDF] filed against France over the country's failure to respect the EU's Free Movement Directive of 2004 [Directive 2004/38/EC materials] in its expulsion of Roma migrants [JURIST news archive]. In September, [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the constitutionality of an Illinois statute mandating a daily moment of silence in public schools. The court rejected arguments that the Illinois Reflection and Silent Prayer Act [text] violated the Establishment Clause of [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing the city of San Francisco submitted a brief [text, PDF] on Monday arguing that California's ban on same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive], better known as Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive], is irrational under California state law. The brief was submitted to the US Court of Appeals [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury on Monday convicted [FBI press release] four men for planting explosive devices outside New York City synagogues and plotting to shoot down military planes at an Air National Guard base in New York. James Cromitie [NYT profile] and three co-defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian Culture Ministry [official website, in Persian] announced Monday that it will shut down media outlets that publish reports on opposition leaders. The government warned media outlets [CP report] against reports on opposition leaders, marking the government's first public acknowledgment of such censorship. There has been no mainstream [read more]

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