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Legal news from Monday, April 25, 2011

[JURIST] Egyptian public prosecutor Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud on Sunday ordered ousted president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] transferred from a private hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh to a prison hospital in Cairo. Mahmoud ordered the transfer [AP report] after Mubarak's doctor cleared him to travel. Mubarak was hospitalized for … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Western District of Virginia [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) [official website] did not violate the rights of a Muslim inmate by not allowing him to grow a beard. The VDOC grooming policy … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton [oral argument transcript, PDF; JURIST report]. The court will determine whether investor losses need to be proven by a preponderance of the evidence at … [read more]

[JURIST] The Sudan National Elections Commission (NEC) [official website, in Arabic] announced on Sunday that an administrative referendum is set for July 1 for residents to determine whether Darfur [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] should continue to be separated into three states or return to one region. State media indicated … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] Virginia's request for the court to rule on the constitutionality of the health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] on an expedited basis. The writ was filed [JURIST report] in February … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] called Monday for Syria to immediately halt the killings and violence against civilian protesters. The statement follows major condemnations of the Syrian government's excessive use of lethal force and other rights violations against protesters. Syrian security forces have been … [read more]

[JURIST] WikiLeaks [official website] on Sunday began publishing The Guantanamo Files [materials], a collection of more than 700 classified documents relating to the evidence and treatment of almost all detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] between 2002 and 2008. The documents—detailing things such as the circumstances of detention, … [read more]

[JURIST] Thousands of Moroccans engaged in peaceful demonstrations Sunday demanding greater reform in the new constitution expected to be unveiled in June by King Mohammed VI. The protesters, led by the Facebook youth movement Fevrier 20 rejected [CNN report] the king's draft of the new constitution because it was written … [read more]

[JURIST] Hungarian President Pal Schmitt signed into law [press release] a controversial new constitution [text, PDF, in Hungarian] on Monday, amid concern from civil society leaders and opposition politicians that the document contravenes European human rights principles. According to a statement [text] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], … [read more]

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