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Legal news from Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[JURIST] US State Department (DOS) [official website] legal adviser Harold Koh [academic profile] on Tuesday told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) [official website] that President Barack Obama is acting within the law [testimony materials] with respect to US military operations in Libya [JURIST backgrounder]. Koh testified that Obama's conduct … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] personal aides of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to implement the arrest warrants issued Monday [JURIST report]. Moreno-Ocampo called on the aides to arrest Gaddafi, his son Saif … [read more]

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] vetoed [press release] legislation [HB 854 materials] Monday that would have required a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion [JURIST news archive]. The "Woman's Right to Know Act" would also have required women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Texas legislature on Monday passed a pair of bills that criminalize enhanced airport security pat-downs if they involve touching a passenger's "private" areas. The Texas House of Representatives [official website] passed HB 41 [materials] while the Senate [official website] simultaneously passed SB 29 [materials], both seeking to reduce … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari in two additional cases Tuesday including a case similar to one decided last week involving whether the Confrontation Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder] case blocks the admissibility of lab test data when the analyst who conducted the tests is … [read more]

[JURIST] A former contractor for Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], was sentenced [press release] Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison for the 2009 shooting of an unarmed Afghan civilian in Kabul. Justin Cannon was convicted in the US District Court for the Eastern District … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Philip Morris v. Jackson [docket; cert. petition, PDF], declining to determine whether a state court erred in certifying a class of smokers who sued four tobacco companies, claiming that cigarettes containing nicotine … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] on Monday blocked [order, PDF] two sections of the state's controversial immigration bill [HB 87 text] that was signed into law last month [JURIST report]. Judge Thomas Thrash issued a preliminary injunction at the … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay President Jose Mujica [official website, in Spanish] is removing 80 administrative acts blocking investigations into crimes committed by the military junta [Country Studies backgrounder] that ruled between 1973-85, Secretary of the Presidency Alberto Breccia announced [press release, in Spanish] Monday. Mujica, who fought the military rule as a … [read more]

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