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Legal news from Wednesday, June 8, 2011

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unaimously Tuesday that a blogger does not have the same privilege to protect her sources as other journalists in traditional media. The court found that a New Jersey "shield law" [NJSA 2A:84A-21–21.8] allowing reporters to protect the confidentiality of their sources … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday permitted two environmental groups to sue a Texas refinery owned by ExxonMobil Corp. [corporate website] for failing to enforce federal environmental standards. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas [advocacy websites] filed the lawsuit [Reuters report] in December in the US District Court for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] called Wednesday for China to address its practice of "enforced disappearances" [press release] and reveal the location of 355 detained Tibetan monks [Free Tibet report]. In April, Chinese authorities took the monks from the Kirti monastery in buses … [read more]

[JURIST] Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] issued a statement [PDF] Wednesday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] has continued to commit crimes against humanity in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. According to Ocampo's statement, al-Bashir continues to commit genocide, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday over the constitutionality of the new health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive] and its individual mandate requiring citizens to purchase health insurance. The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] appealed the decision … [read more]

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday indicted [UN News Centre report] five men for contempt over allegations of witness tampering. Two indictees include former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Ibrahim Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu, who were … [read more]

[JURIST] US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive], represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website], Wednesday appealed [brief, PDF] the dismissal of his lawsuit against government officials over his detention in a military prison. The ACLU filed the appeal in the US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] on Tuesday announced [press release] that Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] has agreed to permit a UN commission to investigate human rights violations related to pro-democratic reform protests in the country. UN High Commissioner for Human … [read more]

[JURIST] A Philippine court on Tuesday froze USD $23 million worth of assets owned by the Ampatuan family, who are accused of ordering the killing of 57 people. The Philippines Department of Justice (PDOJ) [official website] had implicated Andal Ampatuan Sr., the leader of a Muslim clan in the Philippines' … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday reaffirmed [opinion, PDF] a ruling [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] he issued two weeks ago striking down a ban on corporate donations to federal political candidates. On Friday, District Judge James Cacheris held … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday reissued an appeal [RIA Novosti report] for release on parole that was returned to him due to insufficient documentation. Khodorkovsky has served half of a 13-year sentence for fraud, theft and money laundering, which under Russian … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday criticized [HRW report; AI report, text] Kyrgyzstan's lack of judicial progress, marking the one-year anniversary of the June 2010 ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder] that resulted in more than 300 deaths and 2,000 injuries. Both reports alleged [HRW … [read more]

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