Legal news from Friday, June 3, 2011

[JURIST] The UN warned [press release] in a report [text] Friday that government restrictions on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the Internet impinge on human rights. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [text] outlines the types of restrictions that would be … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] a prisoner's attempt to have new crack cocaine sentencing guidelines applied retroactively to reduce his sentence. The three-judge panel found that it could not infer congressional intent to apply the Fair Sentencing Act [S … [read more]

[JURIST] A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] spokesperson on Friday condemned [press release] Qatar's [BBC backgrounder] extradition of rape victim Eman Al Obeidi to her home country of Libya [BBC backgrounder]. UNCHR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said that Qatar violated international law by deporting Al Obeidi after … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Friday held a hearing to determine whether he should reconsider a ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] he issued last week striking down a ban on corporate donations to federal political candidates. US prosecutors … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] decided Thursday there is no conflict with the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) [text] and that it can rule on two challenges to the health care reform [text; JURIST news archive]. Last week, the court requested briefs from all parties … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Friday overturned the convictions of four individuals charged with distributing neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] propaganda. The four men were convicted [DPA report] and sentenced to up to three and a half years in prison by a court in Barcelona … [read more]

[JURIST] Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive] made his first appearance [video, in Serbian] Friday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], contesting the charges while simultaneously asking for more time to review them. Characterized by many media outlets as "defiant," Mladic saluted … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Rwanda to review laws it claims have a "genocide ideology" that are being used to silence critics and dissenters, in a report [text, PDF] published Friday. The report says that the government of Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] has expressed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 56 text; materials] expanding restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The House voted 67-29 and the Senate voted 25-7 to pass the bill that includes measures comparable to those passed in Arizona [JURIST report] last year. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the New York City Department of Education [official website] can enforce a rule prohibiting outside groups from using school facilities for after-school worship services. The challenge was brought by the Bronx Household of … [read more]

[JURIST] Retaliatory killings in the Ivory Coast [JURIST news archive] between factions loyal to ousted former president Laurent Gbagbo and current president Alassane Ouattara [BBC profiles] have continued, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Thursday. Violence has riddled the nation since last November's disputed election, after which Ouattara … [read more]

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