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Legal news from Wednesday, March 23, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in JDB v. North Carolina [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a court should consider a juvenile's age when determining whether the individual is in custody for purposes of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ugandan government is responsible for an increase in torture, illegal detention and extrajudicial killing of its citizens, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. An agency known as the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), which serves as Uganda's violent crime police task … [read more]

[JURIST] European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi on Tuesday issued an opinion [text, in French] declaring that a French ban on cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops is illegal. In 2008, France sought to prohibit production within its borders of MON 810, a GM strain of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] the amended class action settlement agreement [text, PDF] between Google [corporate website] and groups of authors and publishers who brought a copyright suit [case materials] in 2005 against the internet giant … [read more]

[JURIST] The Yemeni Parliament enacted several emergency measures Wednesday at the request of President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic] in an effort to end anti-government protests. The new laws give the government greater power [AP report] to arrest and detain protesters and to censor the media. The new … [read more]

[JURIST] South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard [official website] signed [press release, PDF] HB 1217 [legislative materials] into law on Tuesday, requiring women to seek counseling at a pregnancy center and wait three days before obtaining an abortion [JURIST news archive]. The law [text], which passed through the Senate [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed concern [UN News Centre report] over violence against protesters in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen [BBC backgrounders]. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the OHCHR, held a press briefing [text] detailing human rights violations in the … [read more]

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