Legal news from Tuesday, June 14, 2011

[JURIST] A court in Moscow acquitted human rights activist Oleg Orlov [JURIST news archive] of a libel suit brought by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov [BBC profile] over an allegation that he was responsible for the killing of a Chechen rights activist. The court found that the allegations were hypothetical [Guardian … [read more]

[JURIST] Two South African rights groups on Tuesday filed suit against the government of South Africa to revoke the refugee status of former Rwandan army chief of staff General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrant Rights (CoRMSA) [advocacy websites] argue … [read more]

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted 293-222 to reject a bill [materials, in French] seeking to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The Union for Popular Movement (UMP) [official website, in French], a conservative political party lead by France's President Nicolas Sarkosy [official website, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court [official website] said Tuesday that it would allow the live broadcast [press release] of the November 2009 Maguindanao Massacre [CSM backgrounder; JURIST news archive] trial subject to guidelines set by the court. The court decided to allow broadcast coverage in this particular situation involving the … [read more]

[JURIST] Finnish telecommunications company Nokia [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement [press release] with Apple [corporate website], settling all patent disputes between the parties and directing Apple to pay royalties to Nokia for the term of the agreement. Both companies agreed to withdraw all complaints … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian Investigative Committee [official website, in Russian] said Tuesday there is no evidence of undue pressure by superiors on the judge that sentenced former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. One of Khodorkovsky's main witnesses, Natalya Vasilyeva a former court aide, was called in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled in two cases on Monday that schools cannot punish students for speech or writing created outside the school environment. In JS v. Blue Mountain School District [opinion, PDF], a female middle school student created, on her own … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] filed a challenge [complaint, PDF] Monday to the newly signed Texas law requiring a sonogram be done before a woman can have an abortion. The CRR filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish] on Sunday pledged to work with opposition leaders to build the country's new constitution. Erdogan recently won his third consecutive term [Bloomberg report] in parliamentary elections, but his Justice and Development Party (AKP) [official website] failed to win a … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] urged Malaysia on Tuesday to withdraw an invitation for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] to participate in an event there and to arrest him if he travels to the country [press release]. Al-Bashir is scheduled to participate in the Langkawi International … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] on Monday appealed the dismissal of a case over two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees,Yasser Al-Zahrani of Saudi Arabia and Salah Al-Salami of Yemen, who committed suicide while in detention in 2006. The CCR filed the appeal in the US … [read more]

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