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Legal news from Friday, March 18, 2011

[JURIST] The UN peacekeeping operation (UNOCI) [official website] in the Ivory Coast [BBC country profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday denounced the shelling of a market [press release, in French] in the capital Abidjan which killed 25 to 30 civilians and injured scores more, calling it a possible war crime. … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] on Friday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state's new Budget Repair Bill [Senate Bill 11 text, PDF]. Judge Maryann Sumi's order blocked the law from being published [NYT report], one of the procedural steps towards enacting it. … [read more]

[JURIST] US immigration enforcement agencies are overly reliant on a flawed detention system, according to a report [PDF] released Thursday by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACH) [official website]. The IACH investigated six immigrant detention centers based throughout Arizona and Texas. The report expresses concern over increased use of … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] warned Libyan government officials on Friday that war crimes prosecution could result for any indiscriminate attacks [video] against civilians in Benghazi. Last week, the UN was called upon to impose a no-fly zone [JURIST report] over Libya in response … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release] Friday that the display of the crucifix in public schools in Italy does not violate Article 9 or Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. Article 9 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Thursday filed a brief [PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] contesting a request by plaintiff states to have the health care reform law [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] appeal heard by an en banc court. The states … [read more]

[JURIST] General Counsel for the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Thursday urged Congress to allow civilian trials [hearing video] of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, in addition to military commissions. At a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee [official website], General Counsel Jeh Johnson [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma State Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved [press release] a bill similar to the controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. Senate Bill 908 [materials, PDF], passed by a 29-15 majority vote, gives state and local authorities to enforce any federal regulation or law … [read more]

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