Legal news from Tuesday, November 30, 2010
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Six months after Israel announced that it was easing the blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], there is little sign of economic improvement for the struggling territory, according to a report published Tuesday by 25 human rights groups including Amnesty International [advocacy website]. The report, entitled "Dashed Hopes" [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Schwarzenegger v. Plata [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on an order to reduce the California prison population [JURIST news archive]. In August 2009, a special panel of federal judges [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] On Tuesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ordered the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] to pay an undetermined amount to Guinea for the 1988 arbitrary imprisonment of a Guinean businessman. The tribunal found [judgment, PDF] that the DRC violated Articles 6 and 12 of [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovic [official profile] said that Serbia has filed documents asking the US to extradite accused Nazi war criminal and naturalized US citizen Peter Egner [JURIST news archive] to Serbia so that he can stand trial on war crimes charges. Serbian prosecutors claim that the Yugoslavia-born [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Tuesday announced a formal investigation [press release] into allegations that Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] abused its dominant market position by manipulating search results to give its own services preferential placement. The investigation will be the first formal investigation by a major [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Los Angeles County v. Humphries [Cornell LII backgrounder] that, when alleging a municipality violated their civil rights under 42 USC § 1983 [text], plaintiffs "must show that their injury was caused by a [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 50,000 hate crimes were reported last year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday, the first time such a report has been made public. The Association of Chief Police Officers [association website], a private company consisting of police [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Major General Curtis Scaparrotti of the US Army [official website] on Monday ordered a court-martial for Staff Sergeant David Bram stemming from a larger case involving five soldiers accused of killing Afghan citizens. Bram is charged [CNN report] with conspiracy to commit assault and battery, unlawfully striking another solider, [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Monday sentenced [press release] Somali citizen Jama Idle Ibrahim to 30 years in prison for an April attack on the USS Ashland in the Gulf of Aden. Ibrahim, originally charged with piracy [JURIST [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] on Monday ordered a preliminary injunction [text, PDF] blocking the enforcement of the controversial Oklahoma constitutional amendment [SQ 755 text, PDF] banning the courts from considering international or Islamic law. Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange ruled [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration urged Germany not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officials involved in the alleged illegal arrest and torture of German citizen Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive] under the administration's extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive], according to a document released Sunday by WikiLeaks [website; [read more]

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