Legal news from Friday, April 1, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged all parties to show restraint [press release] in the Ivory Coast [JURIST news archive]. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville acknowledged [press briefing] that OHCHR had received unconfirmed reports that the Ivory Coast Republican Forces … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iowa House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill [text] that would prohibit doctors from performing late-term abortions [JURIST news archive] in the state. The bill, which was prompted by Nebraska's decision to ban abortions performed after 20 weeks of gestation [JURIST report], was passed by … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez [official website, in Spanish], announced Friday that he is resigning his position [text, in Spanish] for urgent personal reasons. Chavez, appointed [JURIST report] just 18 months ago, resigned amid criticism over how he handled the position. Three weeks ago, a US diplomatic cable released … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit [text, PDF] that challenged the constitutionality of the new health care law [JURIST news archive]. District Court Judge Joseph Laplante held that the plaintiff, 80-year-old Harold Peterson, lacked standing … [read more]

[JURIST] The Quebec Court of Appeal [officials website], Quebec's highest court, ruled [judgment, in French] Thursday that the creation of a national securities adviser, as set forth in the proposed Canadian Securities Act [text; official backgrounder], would be unconstitutional. The legislation would establish the Canadian Securities Regulatory Authority (CSRA) [fact … [read more]

[JURIST] An Argentine federal court on Thursday sentenced former general Eduardo Cabanillas to life in prison for his involvement in the nation's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Cabanillas, who ran a secret Buenos Aires facility known as Automotores Orletti, was convicted of murder [RTT report], torture and … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Korean Constitutional Court [official website, in Korean] on Thursday upheld a law allowing the government to bring criminal charges against any member of the military who has sex with another individual of the same gender. The law, which allows for prosecution even in the absence of a … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] 10-6 that it lacks jurisdiction in a case to determine whether Russia committed human rights abuses following the secession of two areas of Georgia [JURIST news archive] in the 1990s. The ICJ began … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday denied [order, PDF] the petition for initial hearing en banc [Cornell LII backgrounder] in the health care reform law [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] appeal. The two-page order does not reveal the results of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] overwhelmingly approved [action list] on Tuesday an amendment [text] to the State Constitution [text] that would ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] or any "substantially similar" status. The measure passed 40-10 after receiving a similarly lop-sided victory [JURIST report] in the House of Representatives … [read more]

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